A completely new modern-spelling edition of all of Shakespeare´s plays and poems, edited afresh from the original texts. With extensive introductions and on-page notes, it gives students and theatre-lovers the very best resources to understand and enjoy Shakespeare´s works.
King Edward III is increasingly thought to have been written in significant part by Shakespeare. This landmark new edition by textual expert and General Editor of the Arden Shakespeare, Richard Proudfoot, offers a full account of the play´s text and the evidence of Shakespeare´s hand at work in it. Fully annotated with on-page notes and a lengthy critical introduction which also explores the play´s production history and the impact of its historical context.
The Importance of Being Earnest is one of the most enduringly popular of British comic dramas, and a mainstay of English literature and drama courses at college and university level. This is an ideal edition for students with on-page notes to help clarify meaning, and a completely new introduction. In the new introduction, Francesca Coppa explores recent critical approaches to the play, including queer and postcolonial readings, as well as giving the context in which the play was written and how it relates to Wilde´s personal life and public persona. The introduction also discusses the play´s stage history, providing students with an ideal overview of the play and its resonances for contemporary audiences.
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.
The Oxford Shakespeare offers authoritative texts from leading scholars in editions designed to interpret and illuminate the plays for modern readers a new, modern-spelling text, collated and edited from all existing printings on-page commentary and notes explain meaning, staging, allusions, and much else detailed introduction considers composition, sources, performances, and changing critical attitudes to the play illustrated with production photographs and related art full index to introduction and commentary durable sewn binding for lasting use not simply a better text but a new conception of Shakespeare. This is a major achievement of twentieth- century scholarship. Times Literary Supplement ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World´s Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford´s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
From almost the moment of its publication in 1667, Paradise Lost was considered a classic. It is difficult now to appreciate how audacious an undertaking the epic represents, and how astonishing its immediate and continued success was. Over the course of twelve books John Milton wrote an epic poem that would ´´justify the ways of God to men,´´ a mission that required a complex drama, the source of which is both historical and deeply personal. While the struggle for ascendancy between God and Satan is played out across hell, heaven, and earth in the work, the consequences of the Fall are all too humanly tragic, with pride, ambition, and aspiration being the motivating forces. In this new edition derived from their acclaimed Oxford Authors text, Stephen Orgel and Jonathan Goldberg discuss the complexity of Milton´s Paradise Lost in a new introduction. They contextualize Milton and his poem, discuss its structure and language, and provide a summary of critical responses to the poem since its initial publication. They also include on-page notes to explain the poem´s language and allusions. This modernized edition of one of the most influential works in the English language will truly bring to light Milton´s genius for today´s reader.
The Oxford Shakespeare offers authoritative texts from leading scholars in editions designed to interpret and illuminate the plays for modern readers - a new, modern-spelling text, based on the Quarto text of 1608 - on-page commentary and notes explain meaning, staging, allusions and much else - detailed introduction considers composition, sources, performances and changing critical attitudes to the play - illustrated with production photographs and related art - includes ´The Ballad of King Lear´ and related offshoots - full index to introduction and commentary - durable sewn binding for lasting use ´not simply a better text but a new conception of Shakespeare. This is a major achievement of twentieth-century scholarship.´ Times Literary Supplement ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World´s Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford´s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
This tragi-comedy is one of the plays we know Shakespeare worked with a collaborator on -- John Fletcher -- and is based on Chaucer´s Knight´s Tale. This revised edition includes a new introductory essay bringing the edition up-to-date in terms of both the play´s performance and critical history, and in particular with current thinking about the nature of Shakespeare´s collaboration with other playwrights. As scholars have begun to discover more about this aspect of his career, interest in the play has grown. This revised edition is ideal for undergraduate study, offering on-page annotations to the play text as well as a lengthy, illustrated introduction.
This major new edition of Shakespeare´s greatest tragedy of love argues that that play is ultimately Juliet´s. The play text is expertly edited and the on-page commentary notes discuss issues of staging, theme, meaning and Shakespeare´s use of his sources to give the reader deep and engaging insights into the play. The richly illustrated introduction looks at the play´s exceptionally beautiful and complex language and focuses on the figure of Juliet as being at its centre. Rene Weis discusses the play´s critical, stage and film history, including West Side Story and Baz Luhrmann´s seminal film Romeo + Juliet. An authoritative edition from a leading scholar giving the reader a penetrating and wide-ranging insight into this ever popular play