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"I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series. Here is an elegant and clear text for either the study or the rehearsal room, notes where you need them and the distinguished scholarship of the general editors, Stephen Orgel and A. R ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Penguin Classics (first published June 1968)
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Stuart Aken
Oct 24, 2014 Stuart Aken rated it really liked it
I always feel nervous commenting on the works of the Bard. After all, as England’s foremost dramatist, he has one hell of a reputation. Part of my anxiety stems from simple ignorance: a lack of knowledge of the times in which he wrote, and large holes in my understanding of the vocabulary he used. It is easy to misunderstand or misinterpret his work.
All the same, as a modern reader of a classic work, I have a voice and an opinion. I hope readers of my reviews understand that they are personal an
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Janice
Jul 31, 2012 Janice rated it really liked it
I love Shakespeare's plays. However, I never read his poetry. And yes, this is the last book I read for my class. The particular poem of "Venus and Adonis" portrays many Petrarchan symbols and reversals. With all the classical texts I have been reading, I can now see who influenced Shakespeare. Also, I now find it funny when i see Shakespeare plays done where the genders of the characters are switched. For example, Julius Caesar being played by a woman. It's not that I find it funny that a woman ...more
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William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been tr ...more
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