Developed in partnership with The Royal Shakespeare Company, this edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare combines exemplary textual scholarship with elegant writing and design. Sir Jonathan Bate and Professor Eric Rasmussen, two of today's most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, lead the expert editorial team. Bate's excellent general introduction and essays on each play draw on a unique wealth of experience and resources and will help the reader to understand Shakespeare's plays as they were originally intended - as living theatre to be enjoyed and performed.
The text is based on the iconic 1623 First Folio: the first and original Complete Works lovingly assembled by Shakespeare's fellow actors and the version of Shakespeare's text preferred by many actors and directors today. The result is a fresh and definitive Complete Works for the twenty-first century that will inspire students, teachers and lovers of Shakespeare everywhere.
Preface; J.Bate.- General Introduction; J.Bate.- A User's Guide.- Preliminary pages of the First Folio.- Foreword; M.Boyd, Artistic Director, Royal Shakespeare Company.- WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: COMPLETE WORKS.- For each play.- Individual introduction by Jonathan Bate.- On-page footnote gloss which explains unfamiliar or obsolete words and classical, biblical or contemporary references where WS assumes audience knowledge.- Appendices of any significant passages that are not in First Folio.- 'Key Facts' box with: plot summary, major roles, date, linguistic medium, sources, textual notes.- COMEDIES.- The Tempest.- The Two Gentlemen of Verona.- The Merry Wives of Windsor.- Measure for Measure.- The Comedy of Errors.- Much Ado about Nothing.- Love's Labour's Lost.- A Midsummer Night's Dream.- The Merchant of Venice.- As You Like It.- The Taming of the Shrew.- All's Well that Ends Well.- Twelfth Night, or What You Will.- The Winter's Tale.- HISTORIES.- The Life and Death of King John.- The Life and Death of King Richard the Second.- The First Part of Henry the Fourth, with the Life and Death of Henry surnamed Hotspur.- The Second Part of Henry the Fourth, containing his Death and the Coronation of King Henry the Fifth.- The Life of Henry the Fifth.- The First Part of Henry the Sixth.- The Second Part of Henry the Sixth, with the Death of the Good Duke Humphrey.- The Third Part of Henry the Sixth, with the Death of the Duke of York.- The Tragedy of Richard the Third, with the Landing of Earl Richmond and the Battle at Bosworth Field.- The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eighth.- TRAGEDIES.- The Tragedy of Troilus and Cressida.- The Tragedy of Coriolanus.- The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus.- The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.- The Life of Timon of Athens.- The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.- The Tragedy of Macbeth.- The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.- The Tragedy of King Lear.- The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice.- The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra.- The Tragedy of Cymbeline.- PLAYS NOT IN THE FIRST FOLIO.- Pericles, Prince of Tyre, by William Shakespeare and George Wilkins.- The Two Noble Kinsmen, by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher.- POEMS AND SONNETS.- Venus and Adonis.- The Rape of Lucrece.- 'Let the bird of loudest lay' (also known as 'The Phoenix and Turtle').- 'To the Queen'.- Shakespeare's Sonnets.- A Scene from Sir Thomas More.- (Introduction, transcription and modernized text by Eric Rasmussen).- CHARTS.- Shakespeare's Works: A Conjectural Chronology.- Kings and Queens of England: from the History Plays to Shakespeare's Lifetime.- The Houses of Lancaster and York: A Genealogy.- The history behind the histories: a chronology.- The history behind the tragedies: a chronology.- Alphabetical Index of Plays and Poems