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  • 1599 : A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    1599 : A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    SHAPIRO JAMES
    ISBN: 9780571214815
    Title: 1599 : A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAPIRO JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An intimate life of Shakespeare and his age, following him through a single year that changed not only his fortunes but the course of literature


    How did Shakespeare go from being a talented writer of comedies and histories to become one of the greatest writers of tragedies who ever lived? In this one exhilarating year we follow what he reads and writes, what he saw and who he worked with as he rebuilds the Globe theatre and writes four of his most famous plays - Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It and, most remarkably, Hamlet.

    James Shapiro illuminates both Shakespeare's staggering achievement and what Elizabethans experienced in the course of 1599: sending off an army to crush an Irish rebellion, weathering an Armada threat from Spain, gambling in a fledgling East India Company, and waiting to see who would succeed their ageing and childless Queen.

    This book brings the news, intrigue and flavour of the times together with wonderful detail about how Shakespeare worked as a showman, businessman and playwright, to create an exceptionally immediate and gripping account of a fascinating and inspiring moment in history.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 1606 : WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR
    1606 : WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR
    SHAPIRO JAMES
    ISBN: 9780571235797
    Title: 1606 : WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR
    Author: SHAPIRO JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The sequel to James Shapiro's multi-award winning bestseller 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare.

    1606 traces Shakespeare's life and work from the autumn of 1605, when he came upon an old and anonymous play - The True Chronicle History of King Leir - in one of the bookstalls near his Silver Street lodgings. From there, he traces the story's shocking and brilliant transformation into King Lear as we know it - and then to Macbeth, written in a white heat in the tumultuous spring of 1606.

    For most authors, writing and revising Lear, then rapidly composing Macbeth, would have been a lifetime's accomplishment. But Shapiro's new book goes on to explore how, with the theatres closed indefinitely in autumn 1606 because of the plague, and with time on his hands, Shakespeare began a third great tragedy, Antony and Cleopatra.

    Never before, and never again, would Shakespeare's plays explore so relentlessly the problems of aging, of losing authority, and of mortality.

    Following the biographical style of 1599, a way of thinking and writing that Shapiro has made his own, 1606 promises to be one of the most significant and accessible new works on Shakespeare in the decade to come.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL
    ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780141396262
    Title: ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2015 NEW RELEASE

    'All's well that ends well; still the fine's the crown. Whate'er the course, the end is the renown'

    A poor doctor's daughter cures the King of France, and in return is promised marriage to any nobleman she wishes. But the proud young count she chooses refuses to consummate the marriage and flees to Florence - after setting her a seemingly impossible task. Depicting the triumph of trickery over youthful arrogance, All's Well That Ends Well is among Shakespeare's darkest romantic comedies, yet it remains a powerful tribute to the strength of love.

    'He was not of an age, but for all time.' Ben Jonson

    General Introduction by Stanley Wells
    Edited by Barbara Everett
    Introduction by Janette Dillon



    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436233
    Title: ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Arden Shakespeare is the established edition of Shakespeare's work. Justly celebrated for its authoritative scholarship and invaluable commentary, Arden guides you a richer understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare's plays.This edition of All's Well That Ends Well provides, a clear and authoritative text, detailed notes and commentary on the same page as the text, a full introduction discussing the critical and historical background to the play and appendices presenting sources and relevant extracts.

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
    ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780141396293
    Title: ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: FEBRUARY 2016 NEW RELEASE

    'Eternity was in our lips and eyes, Bliss in our brows' bent'

    A battle-hardened soldier, Antony is one of the three leaders of the Roman world. But he is also a man in the grip of an all-consuming passion for the tempestuous and alluring queen of Egypt, Cleopatra. And when their life of pleasure together is threatened by encroaching politics, the conflict between love and duty has devastating consequences. A tragic drama of love and loss, sex and power, told in language of poetic sublimity, Antony and Cleopatra is one of Shakespeare's supreme imaginative achievements.

    General Editor Stanley Wells
    Edited by Emrys Jones
    Introduction by René Weis

    'A kind of perfection, a sort of magic' Patrick Stewart



    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781904271017
    Title: ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    John Wilders - literary advisor to the BBC TV Shakespeare series - brings thorough scholarship and a practical understanding of performance needs to this new edition. Clarity, accessibility and rigour are the hallmarks of an edition which will provide invaluable guidance for all its readers. "This edition has a very helpful introduction and good clear text, as well as the exceptionally excellent and detailed notes." Dr Michael Herbert, St Andrews University "a useful treatment of a complex play'Barry Gaines, University of New Mexico, Shakespeare Quarterly

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • APPLAUSE FIRST FOLIO OF SHAKESPEARE
    APPLAUSE FIRST FOLIO OF SHAKESPEARE
    FREEMAN NEIL [ED]
    ISBN: 9781557833334
    Title: APPLAUSE FIRST FOLIO OF SHAKESPEARE
    Author: FREEMAN NEIL [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE



    Imprint: APPLAUSE
    RRP: $145.00

    Price: $145.00
  • AS YOU LIKE IT - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    AS YOU LIKE IT - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781904271222
    Title: AS YOU LIKE IT - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    With its explorations of sexual ambivalence, As You Like It speaks directly to the twenty-first century. Juliet Dusinberredemonstrates that Rosalind's authority in the play grows from new ideas about women and reveals that Shakespeare's heroine reinvents herself for every age. But the play is also deeply rooted in Elizabethan culture and through it Shakespeare addresses some of the hotly debated issues of the period."This will be the definitive edition of As You Like It for many years to come" - Phyllis Rackin, University of Pennsylvania

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BRUTUS AND OTHER HEROINES : Playing Shakespeares Roles for Women
    BRUTUS AND OTHER HEROINES : Playing Shakespeares Roles for Women
    WALTER HARRIET
    ISBN: 9781848422933
    Title: BRUTUS AND OTHER HEROINES : Playing Shakespeares Roles for Women
    Author: WALTER HARRIET
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Award-winning actress Dame Harriet Walter reflects on performing Shakespeare's most famous roles - both male and female. An exploration of the Shakespearean canon through the eyes of a self-identified 'feminist actor' - but, above all, a remarkable account of an acting career unconstrained by tradition or expectations.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • COMEDY OF ERRORS
    COMEDY OF ERRORS
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780141396286
    Title: COMEDY OF ERRORS
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2015 NEW RELEASE

    I see two husbands, or mine eyes deceive me'

    Two sets of identical twins, separated at sea as babies, find themselves in the same city for the first time as adults. Soon, their friends mistake the twins for one another and bewilderment abounds. Joyful, mystical and brilliantly farcical, Shakespeare's shortest play is an early romantic comedy of confusion and ultimate reunion.

    'After God, Shakespeare has created most.' Alexandre Dumas

    General Introduction by Stanley Wells
    Edited by Stanley Wells
    Introduction by Randall Martin



    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • COMEDY OF ERRORS - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    COMEDY OF ERRORS - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781904271246
    Title: COMEDY OF ERRORS - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Shakespeare's dextrous comedy of two twin masters and two twin servants continually mistaken for one another is both farce and more than farce. The Comedy of Errors examines the interplay between personal and commercial relationships, and the breakdown of social order that follows the disruption of identity. As well as detailed on-page commentary notes, this new edition has a long, illustrated introduction exploring the play's performance and crtitical history, as well as its place in the comic tradition from Classical to modern times.

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $20.99

    Price: $20.99
  • COMPLETE WORKS / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE - REVISED EDITION
    COMPLETE WORKS / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE - REVISED EDITION
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781408152010
    Title: COMPLETE WORKS / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE - REVISED EDITION
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This revised edition of the Arden Shakespeare Complete Works includes the full text of Double Falsehood, which was published in the Arden Third series to critical acclaim in 2010. The play is an eighteenth century rewrite of Shakespeare's lost play Cardenio and as such is a fascinating testament to the original. A short introduction outlines its complex textual history and the arguments for including it within the Shakespeare canon. The Complete Works contains the texts of all Shakespeare's plays, poems and sonnets, edited by leading Shakespeare scholars for the renowned Arden series. A general introduction gives the reader an overall view of how and why Shakespeare has become such an influential cultural icon, and how perceptions of his work have changed in the intervening four centuries. The introduction summarises the known facts about the dramatist's life, his reading and use of sources, and the nature of theatrical performance during his lifetime. Brief introductions to each play, written specially for this volume by the Arden General Editors, discuss the date and contemporary context of the play, its position within Shakespeare's oeuvre, and its subsequent performance history. An extensive glossary explains vocabulary which may be unfamiliar to modern readers.

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • COMPLETE WORKS / OXFORD SHAKESPEARE  [2ND ED]
    COMPLETE WORKS / OXFORD SHAKESPEARE [2ND ED]
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780199267170
    Title: COMPLETE WORKS / OXFORD SHAKESPEARE [2ND ED]
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The second Oxford edition of Shakespeare's Complete Works reconsiders every detail of their text and presentation in the light of modern scholarship. The nature and authority of the early documents are re-examined, and the canon and chronological order of composition freshly established. Spelling and punctuation are modernized, and there is a brief introduction to each work, as well as an illuminating and informative General Introduction. Included here for the first time is the play The Reign of King Edward the Third as well as the full text of Sir Thomas More. This new edition also features an essay on Shakespeare's language by David Crystal, and a bibliography of foundational works.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $57.99

    Price: $57.99
  • CONTESTED WILL : WHO WROTE SHAKESPEARE
    CONTESTED WILL : WHO WROTE SHAKESPEARE
    SHAPIRO JAMES
    ISBN: 9780571235773
    Title: CONTESTED WILL : WHO WROTE SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAPIRO JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For two hundred years after Shakespeare's death, no one thought to argue that somebody else had written his plays. Since then dozens of rival candidates - including Sir Francis Bacon and the Earl of Oxford - have been proposed as their true author. Contested Will unravels the mystery of when and why so many people began to question whether Shakespeare wrote the plays (among them such leading writers and artists as Sigmund Freud, Henry James, Mark Twain, Helen Keller, Orson Welles, and Sir Derek Jacobi). Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro's fascinating search for the source of this controversy retraces a path strewn with fabricated documents, calls for trials, false claimants, concealed identity, bald-faced deception and a failure to grasp what could not be imagined. If Contested Will does not end the authorship question once and for all, it will nonetheless irrevocably change the nature of the debate by confronting what's really contested: are the plays and poems of Shakespeare autobiographical, and if so, do they hold the key to the question of who wrote them?

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • CORIOLANUS - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    CORIOLANUS - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781904271284
    Title: CORIOLANUS - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Coriolanus, is a proud General who does not hesitate to show his arrogant and outspoken contempt of the Roman rabble. The Tribunes banish him and he raises an army to take his revenge on Rome. He finally concedes to the pleas of his mother to spare the city and leaves only to be publicly killed by his former allies.

    Peter Holland is a former Director of the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon and President of the Shakespeare Association of America. He is a pre-eminent international scholar. His comprehensive introduction and commentary notes open up the language, themes and ideas in this complex yet richly rewarding play for the student and teacher. The play is discussed in its historical and critical contexts and its theatrical history is analysed too.

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CYMBELINE
    CYMBELINE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780141396484
    Title: CYMBELINE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: FEBRUARY 2016 NEW RELEASE

    'You married ones, If each of you should take this course, how many must murder wives much better than themselves'

    The King of Britain, enraged by his daughter's disobedience in marrying against his wishes, banishes his new son-in-law. The exiled husband flees to Rome, where he makes a foolish wager - gambling on the fidelity of his abandoned wife. Blending courtly menace and horror, comedy and melodrama, Cymbeline, one of Shakespeare's last plays, is a moving and nuanced depiction of two young lovers driven apart by deceit and self-doubt.

    General Editor Stanley Wells
    Edited with an introduction by John Pitcher


    'Shakespeare was the greatest humanist who has ever lived.' Trevor Nunn



    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
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