shakespeare is written in modern english, not old or even middle english. old english is almost indecipherable, and middle english is almost french. shakespeare writes in modern english but in iambic pentameter, creating his own words and using words no longer in use or used today but with different meanings...
My cover is red. And thus I refer to this book as "Red." Even the kids know who "red" is.
This is my most prize posession. (second only to my wedding ring)
Love him or hate him, but definitely read him!
Will Shakespeare's works are and will probably always be the best works of literature for all time.
this book is one of his work that i rated highest
Shakespeare .. he was the best poet , novelist . THE BEST in his days but he's writing lasted throught the centuries .. and worth alot even today . I read many of his writings .. poems , sonnets , some tragedies .. but didn't read this book that contains all his work .. I guess i'll get .
I was required to read this book for a sociology class in college. The class was basically about how human nature, needs, etc. have not changed from their basic form for centuries. Seen in that light, it was a great read.
I had a nice edition of The Riverside Shakespeare, but my daughter saw it and ran off with it to college. Sigh. I suppose I could make her return it, but I thought to let her maybe keep it and replace my copy. Which is better, The Complete Works of Shakespeare by David Bevington or The Riverside Shakespeare? Both are expensive so one is enough, but which one? Is anybody familiar with both? I really did enjoy the colored photos in the Riverside version - does Bevington's version have colored photos also? Which is more true to Shakespeare's writing? Which is more useable?
I'm not sure how you would find one or the other better since it's the same text by the same author. The Complete works is a fairly large book- I couldn't attest to the size of the Riverside version. Also, the Complete Works of Shakespeare has no pictures, if that's what makes the difference for you.
I would plump for the Oxford Complete Works, edited by Wells and Taylor. As I say elsewhere, it was controversial when it first came out some time in the eighties, I think - for example, the name Falstaff if replaced by Oldcastle (who was a Lollard martyr). But it is a well-researched and well-argued text.
I have a copy of the Complete Works of Shakespeare with temple notes.. that my husband gave me when we first met. I can't find another like it anywhere. It is a leather bound edition with fine embossed details and his picture is embossed dead center of the cover. It is golden in color with gilding around his likeness atop a red background and there are no dates showing when it was published inside of it other than it was published in the United States at the World Syndicate Publishing Company in Cleveland, OH and New York, N.Y. Does this mean it is rare?
One of the books I shall take with me if I am exiled on a desert island.
I put this on my shelf (I was lazy) so I wouldn't have to clutter my shelf with all the individual plays I had to study in school. I read a lot of shakespeare for school, but not all of them. We analysed his plays to death!
The most complete book of life, literature, and stage ever written. To know it is to know most all that life has to offer, historically, tragically, humorously. It is the only book needed for exile on a desert island.
I'm probably too young to appreciate this yet, but I seriously didn't understand one sentence of this! Barely even one word!
It takes some getting used to for sure. If you are having trouble try looking at the Sparknotes website. It's very helpful in translating Shakespeare.