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Arden Shakespeare Complete Works

Arden Shakespeare

by William Shakespeare Author · Ann Thompson Editor


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This revised edition of the Arden Shakespeare Complete Works includes the full text of Double Falsehood, which was published in the Arden Third series to critical acclaim in 2010. The play is an eighteenth century rewrite of Shakespeare's "lost" play Cardenio and as such is a fascinating testament to the original. A short introduction outlines its complex textual history and the arguments for including it within the Shakespeare canon.
The Complete Works contains the texts of all Shakespeare's plays, poems and sonnets, edited by leading Shakespeare scholars for the renowned Arden series. A general introduction gives the reader an overall view of how and why Shakespeare has become such an influential cultural icon, and how perceptions of his work have changed in the intervening four centuries. The introduction summarises the known facts about the dramatist's life, his reading and use of sources, and the nature of theatrical performance during his lifetime.
Brief introductions to each play, written specially for this volume by the Arden General Editors, discuss the date and contemporary context of the play, its position within Shakespeare's oeuvre, and its subsequent performance history. An extensive glossary explains vocabulary which may be unfamiliar to modern readers.

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David Scott Kastan (Editor)

David Scott Kastan is the George M. Bodman Professor of English at Yale University, USA.

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William Shakespeare (Author)

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English dramatist, poet, and actor, generally regarded as the greatest playwright of all time.

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Ann Thompson (Editor)

ANN THOMPSON is Professor of English and Director of the London Shakespeare Centre and King's College LondonAnn Thompson is Professor of English Literature and Director of the London Shakespeare Centre at King's College London

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Richard Proudfoot (Editor)

Professor Richard Proudfoot served as Senior General Editor of the Arden Shakespeare for 35 years, until his retirement from King's in 1999. In 2001 The Arden Shakespeare published Proudfoot's Shakespeare: Text, Stage and Canon a critical overview...

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Editor :
David Scott Kastan
Author :
William Shakespeare
Editor :
Ann Thompson
Editor :
Richard Proudfoot
Arden Shakespeare Complete Works
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