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  • KING RICHARD II - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    KING RICHARD II - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436332
    Title: KING RICHARD II - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This richly annotated edition takes a fresh look at the first part of Shakespeare's second tetralogy of history plays, showing how it relates to the other plays in the sequence. Forker places the play in its political context, discussing its relation to competing theories of monarchy, looking at how it faced censorship because of possible comparisons between Richard II and Elizabeth I, and how Bolingbroke's rebellion could be compared to the Essex rising of the time. This edition also reconsiders Shakespeare's use of sources, asking why he chose to emphasise one approach over another. Forker also looks at the play's rich afterlife, and the many interpretations that actors and directors have taken. Finally, the edition looks closely at the aesthetic relationship between language, character, structure and political import.

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • KING RICHARD III - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    KING RICHARD III - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436899
    Title: KING RICHARD III - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Richard III is one of the great Shakespearean characters and roles. James R Siemon examines the attraction of this villain to audiences and focuses on how beguiling, even funny, he can be, especially in the earlier parts of the play. Siemon also places King Richard III in its historical context; as Elizabeth I had no heirs the issue of succession was a very real one for Shakespeare's audience.

    The introduction is well-illustrated and provides a comprehensive account of the play and of critical approaches to it.

    The edition also provides a clear and authoritative playtext, edited to the most rigorous standards of scholarship, with detailed notes and commentary on the same page.

    With a wealth of helpful and incisive commentary the Arden Shakespeare is the finest edition of Shakespeare you can find, giving a deeper understanding and appreciation of his work.

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • LEAR : The Great Image of Authority
    LEAR : The Great Image of Authority
    BLOOM HAROLD
    ISBN: 9781501164194
    Title: LEAR : The Great Image of Authority
    Author: BLOOM HAROLD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Harold Bloom, regarded by some as the greatest Shakespeare scholar of our time, presents an intimate, wise, deeply compelling portrait of King Lear—the third in his series of five short books about the great playwright’s most significant personalities, hailed as Bloom’s “last love letter to the shaping spirit of his imagination” on the front page of The New York Times Book Review.

    King Lear is perhaps the most poignant character in literature. The aged, abused monarch—a man in his eighties, like Harold Bloom himself—is at once the consummate figure of authority and the classic example of the fall from majesty. He is widely agreed to be William Shakespeare’s most moving, tragic hero.

    Award-winning writer and beloved professor Harold Bloom writes about Lear with wisdom, joy, exuberance, and compassion. He also explores his own personal relationship to the character: Just as we encounter one Emma Bovary or Hamlet when we are seventeen and another when we are forty, Bloom writes about his shifting understanding—over the course of his own lifetime—of Lear, so that this book also explores an extraordinarily moving argument for literature as a path to and a measure of our humanity.

    Bloom is mesmerizing in the classroom, wrestling with the often tragic choices Shakespeare’s characters make. He delivers that kind of exhilarating intimacy, pathos, and clarity in Lear.

    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • LOVES LABOURS LOST   -   ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    LOVES LABOURS LOST - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781904271109
    Title: LOVES LABOURS LOST - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'With the publication of Woudhuysen's Arden 3 edition, the magisterial study of the play that will energise a new generation of readers and directors has now arrived.'Eric Rasmussen, University of Nevada at Reno, Shakespeare Survey

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • MACBETH - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    MACBETH - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781904271413
    Title: MACBETH - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most performed and studied tragedies. This major new Arden edition offers students detailed on-page commentary notes highlighting meaning and theatrical ideas and themes, as well as an illustrated, lengthy introduction setting the play in its historical, theatrical and critical context and outlining the recent debates about Middleton's possible co-authorship of some scenes...

    A comprehensive and informative edition ideal for students and teachers seeking to explore the play in depth, whether in the classroom or on the stage.

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • MAPPING SHAKESPEARE : An exploration of Shakespeare's worlds through maps
    MAPPING SHAKESPEARE : An exploration of Shakespeare's worlds through maps
    BLACK JEREMY
    ISBN: 9781844865178
    Title: MAPPING SHAKESPEARE : An exploration of Shakespeare's worlds through maps
    Author: BLACK JEREMY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An exploration through maps of the land and time in which Shakespeare wrote.

    William Shakespeare 's lifetime (1564 1616) spanned the reigns of the last of the Tudors, Elizabeth I and the first of the Stuart kings, James I and the changing times and political mores of the time were reflected through his plays.
    This beautiful new book looks at the England in which Shakespeare worked through maps and illustrations that reveal the way that he and his contemporaries saw their land and their place in the world.

    It also explores the locations of his plays and looks at the possible inspirations for these and why Shakespeare would have chosen to set his stories there.

    Imprint: CONWAY MARITIME PRESS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • MEASURE FOR MEASURE / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    MEASURE FOR MEASURE / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436448
    Title: MEASURE FOR MEASURE / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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 Measure for Measure 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
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • MERCHANT OF VENICE  /  ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    MERCHANT OF VENICE / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436813
    Title: MERCHANT OF VENICE / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Merchant of Venice is perhaps most associated not with its titular hero, Antonio, but with the complex figure of the money lender, Shylock. The play was described as a comedy in the First Folio but modern audiences find it more problematic to categorise. The vilification of Shylock 'the Jew' can be very uncomfortable for a post-holocaust audience and debates continue as to whether Shakespeare's portrayal of this complex man is sympathetic or anti-semitic. John Drakakis's comprehensive introduction traces the stage history of the figure of the Jew and looks boldly at twenty-first century issues surrounding it. He also explores other themes of the play such as father-daughter relations, the power of money and the forceful character of Portia, offering readers an energetic, original and revelatory reading of this challenging play. The Arden Shakespeare has long set the gold standard in annotated, scholarly editions of the plays. Each Arden edition offers an authoritative text with comprehensive commentary notes together with a lengthy, illustrated introduction by a leading scholar exploring the play's critical, theatrical and historical contexts.

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781904271123
    Title: MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Merry Wives of Windsor, Shakespeare's only thoroughly English comedy, created an archetypal literary figure in the shape of the devious, irrepressible John Falstaff. This stimulating new edition celebrates the play as a joyous exploration of language, but also places elements of its plot firmly in a continental, specifically Italian, tradition of romantic comedy. It draws out the complexities of Merry Wives as a multi-plot play, and takes a fresh and challenging look at both textual and dating issues; a facsimile of the first Quarto is included as an appendix. The play's extensive performance history, both dramatic and operatic, is fully explored and discussed.'This is a significant and substantive edition, in that nothing has been taken for granted, everything has been opened to reconsideration. The commentary is exceptionally detailed and attentive to questions of language and meaning.'John Jowett, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, Shakespeare Quarterly

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781408133491
    Title: MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM - 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 editions guide you to a richer understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare's plays. This edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream provides a clear and authoritative text, detailed notes and commentary on the same page as the text and a full introduction discussing the critical and historical background to the play. The editor brings fresh perspectives on global productions and adaptations of this most-loved of Shakespeare's comedies.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781472520296
    Title: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Much Ado About Nothing presents a battle of the sexes in more ways than one: as both a lightning-fast skirmish of wits between two famously disputatious lovers, and a near-deadly conflict built on conventions of gender and male rivalry.

    Claire McEachern's new introduction brings this best-seller right up to date, analysing recent developments in criticism and the latest productions of this comedy.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • OTHELLO - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    OTHELLO - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781472571762
    Title: OTHELLO - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This second edition of Othello has a new, illustrated introduction by leading American scholar Ayanna Thompson, which addresses such key issues as race, religion and gender, as well as looking at ways in which the play has been adapted in more recent times.

    Othello is one of Shakespeare's great tragedies-written in the same five-year period as Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth. The new introduction attends to the play's different meanings throughout history, while articulating the historical context in which Othello was created, paying particular attention to Shakespeare's source materials and the evidence about early modern constructions of racial and religious difference. It also explores the life of the play in different historical moments, demonstrating how meanings and performances develop, accrue, and metamorphose over time. The volume provides a rich and current resource, making this best-selling play edition ideal for today's students at advanced school and undergraduate level.

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.00

    Price: $19.00
  • OXFORD DICTIONARY OF ORIGINAL SHAKESPEARE PRONUNCIATION
    OXFORD DICTIONARY OF ORIGINAL SHAKESPEARE PRONUNCIATION
    CRYSTAL DAVID
    ISBN: 9780199668427
    Title: OXFORD DICTIONARY OF ORIGINAL SHAKESPEARE PRONUNCIATION
    Author: CRYSTAL DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This dictionary is the first comprehensive description of Shakespearean original pronunication (OP), enabling practitioners to deal with any queries about the pronunciation of individual words. It includes all the words in the First Folio, transcribed using IPA, and the accompanying website hosts sound files as a further aid to pronunciation.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $63.99

    Price: $63.99
  • PERICLES   -   ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    PERICLES - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436851
    Title: PERICLES - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Suzanne Gossett offers a full and critical performance history, with an introduction showing how the play's performance history has paralled the criticism. It then gives an interpretation of this two-generation romance, with its successive male and female central characters, based on a reading 'through the family', and influenced by the feminist and new historicist criticism of the last two decades. The edition integrates cumulative research on Shakespeare's collaborative authorship and the transmission of the text without rewriting the play or ignoring years of emendations.

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • POEMS AND SONNETS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    POEMS AND SONNETS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781853264160
    Title: POEMS AND SONNETS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction by Tim Cook.

    Shakespeare's sonnets have an intensity of both feeling and meaning unmatched in English sonnet form. They divide into two parts; the first 126 sonnets are addressed to a fair youth for whom the poet has an obsessive love and the second chronicles his love for the notorious "Dark Lady".'

    In addition to the sonnets, this volume includes Shakespeare's two lengthy narrative poems on classical themes, 'The Rape of Lucrece' which looks forward to the dark imagery of 'Macbeth', and 'Venus and Adonis' which mixes ribaldry and tragedy in unique Shakespearean manner. 'The Phoenix and the Turtle' is a beautiful metaphysical and allegorical short elegy, and takes its place with Shakespeare's better-known poetry.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $16.95

    Price: $16.95
  • POEMS SHAKESPEARE
    POEMS SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780415027526
    Title: POEMS SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $21.95
    Price: $21.95
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