THIS LIMITED PRINT-RUN COLLECTOR'S EDITION OF THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE WAS DEVELOPED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY AND IS EDITED BY TWO OF THE WORLD'S LEADING SHAKESPEARE SCHOLARS. RICHLY ILLUSTRATED AND BOUND IN SOFT BROWN LEATHER WITH GOLD LETTERING AND RIBBON MARKERS, IT IS DELIVERED TISSUE WRAPPED IN A GIFT BOX.
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'This new Complete Works from the RSC is a glorious edition of one of the world's most important books. It's the essential reference book for anyone who's ever been in love, felt jealousy, fear, hatred, or desire. All human life is here - and every home should have one.' - Dame Judi Dench
'Timely, original, and beautifully conceived, the RSC edition makes Shakespeare's extraordinary accomplishment more vivid than ever.' - James Shapiro, Professor, Columbia University and prize-winning author of 1599: A Year in the Life of Shakespeare
'Bate provides excellent introductory essays to each play and his terrific introduction, simply and effectively summarising everything you need to know about Shakespeare, man and work, is alone worth buying the edition for.' - The Daily Express
'Thanks to Bate and Rasmussen, we now have a rendering of the Complete Works that, in a rare publishing achievement, would also give complete satisfaction to the author himself.' - Robert McCrum, The Observer
'A magnificent new volume.' - A. N. Wilson, Daily Telegraph
'A triumphant addition to our times.' - Fiona Shaw, The Times
'This outstanding new edition of Shakespeare's plays is the closest yet to the originals ... a new and thoroughly radical edition ... supervised by Jonathan Bate, an outstanding scholar (and author of the best existing biography of Shakespeare) who writes with as much elegance as insight about the making of theatre and the creation of the plays... an impeccably informative introduction gives a comprehensive theatrical, social, political and biographical context to the plays. There are pithy essays, also by Bate, to introduce each play as well as exemplary notes at the foot of each page which translate verbal and topical obscurities ... for actors and directors it will be incomparably useful, but for any curious reader of Shakespeare's plays it provides an invaluable guide to reading them not as novels or dramatic poems, but as they were intended to be read: blueprints for live performance.' - Richard Eyre, The Sunday Telegraph
'Excellent, succinct notes and introductions to each play.' - John Carey, The Sunday Times
'A splendid edition. The general introduction is among the best 50-page guides to Shakespeare you could hope to find, while the short essays prefixed to each play are like the best kind of programme notes - informative, thought-provoking and humane. Marginal notes help readers imagine what's happening onstage ... The RSC's edition tells you all you need to know about the life, but also, vitally, allows you to lose yourself in the wonder of the works.' - Dr Colin Burrow, All Souls College, Oxford University, writing in The Evening Standard
'The paper quality and page design are excellent, and the illustrations in the introductory materials are lavish and well reproduced ...a virtual comet-tail of supplementary materials are to be found at www.rscshakespeare.co.uk - the RSC is certainly the first edition of Shakespeare to provide a link to it's editor's blog.... Bate's general introduction to Shakespeare's life, stage and reputation is superb, and the short introductions to individual works, in particular, are among the best of their kind available...they manage to speak about what really matters about the plays to readers who wish, whether they are already familiar with them or not, to come to them freshly. ' - Michael Dobson, writing in The London Review of Books
'This is a handsome and fascinating edition, elegantly set and easy to read.' - The Australian
'A handsome volume, it is printed on fine paper and elegantly designed and printed, with clear typeface. This special edition is bound in black leather; it is a beautiful book that will be a pleasure to own.' - Good Book Guide
'One of the virtues of the approach Bate and Rasmussen have taken is to offer fresh ways of presenting the plays' - Peter Holland, TLS
This handsome "Collector's" edition of the "Complete Works of Shakespeare" was developed in partnership with The Royal Shakespeare Company and is edited by two of the world's leading Shakespeare scholars. This limited printing is published to mark the launch of what we hope will become the classic 21st-century edition of Shakespeare. This is a unique opportunity to purchase a timeless gift which will enrich the bookshelf of anyone who appreciates English Literature and Drama. This single volume is bound in soft brown goatskin, with two gold ribbon markers, matching head and tail-bands and gold lettering on the spine and front cover. Fastened with a decorative clasp, it is delivered tissue wrapped in a bespoke gift box. Inside, the text is clearly presented using a spacious single-column page design on high-quality white paper and is illustrated with photographs of performances chosen by RSC directors. Included are all 38 of Shakespeare's plays, Shakespeare's scene from Sir Thomas More, Shakespeare's Sonnets and Poems, including, "To the Queen", a poem not edited alongside Shakespeare's poems in the other leading "Complete Works" on the market but now widely agreed to be authored by Shakespeare. Leading the editorial team is Professor Jonathan Bate, who has worked in close collaboration over many years with the RSC. His essays to introduce each play and superb on-page notes explore Shakespeare's plays as they were originally intended - as living theatre to be enjoyed and performed.
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