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.
From almost the moment of its publication in 1667, Paradise Lost was considered a classic. This new edition is derived from the editors modernized Oxford Authors text, with a new introduction that discusses the poem´s complexity and critical history, and on-page notes to gloss language and allusions.
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.
Titus Andronicus is one of Shakespeare´s earliest and bloodiest tragedies and was hugely successful in his lifetime. Subsequent generations have struggled with its bold confrontation of violence but in the 20th and 21st centuries the play has chimed with audiences again, perhaps because of its simultaneously shocking and playful approach to violent revenge and bodily mutilation. Jonathan Bate´s original Arden edition was first published in 1995 and has had a significant influence on how the play has been performed and studied in the past 20 years. This revised edition includes a new 10,000 word introductory essay in which Bate reassess his views on the play´s co-authorship with George Peele in the light of contemporary textual scholarship and updates his lively account of the play´s performance history, on the international stage and screen. With detailed on-page commentary notes this will continue to be the edition of choice for students, scholars and theatre-makers.
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.
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. René Weis discusses the play´s critical, stage and film history, including West Side Story and Baz Luhrmann´s seminal film Romeo + Juliet. This is an authoritative edition from a leading scholar, giving the reader a penetrating and wide-ranging insight into this ever popular play.