• Title: The Norton Shakespeare
  • Author: William Shakespeare Andrew Gurr
  • ISBN: 9780393970876
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Norton Shakespeare This vibrant complete Shakespeare brings readers closer than ever before to Shakespeare s plays as they were first acted Based on the freshly edited texts of the Oxford Edition the most far reaching
    This vibrant, complete Shakespeare brings readers closer than ever before to Shakespeare s plays as they were first acted Based on the freshly edited texts of the Oxford Edition, the most far reaching and innovative revision of the traditional canon in centuries, The Norton Shakespeare invites readers to rediscover Shakespeare Opening the volume is Stephen Greenblatt sThis vibrant, complete Shakespeare brings readers closer than ever before to Shakespeare s plays as they were first acted Based on the freshly edited texts of the Oxford Edition, the most far reaching and innovative revision of the traditional canon in centuries, The Norton Shakespeare invites readers to rediscover Shakespeare Opening the volume is Stephen Greenblatt s General Introduction, a richly textured portrait of Shakespeare s work and world The introduction, marginal glosses, and annotation that accompany each text greatly aid understanding of the plays and poems, and an elegant, single column page makes reading them a pleasure.

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    1. UPDATE REVIEW!I have just read every Shakespeare play from this edition and than some. This has been a goal of mine for some time. Some plays I've read previously for various classes in high school and college, but there was a bit of his stuff I never read before and some stuff I didn't even realize that existed until picking up this book for a second time. I got this book n college and this was a pain in the ass to carry around campus, but in the long run, this book was worth getting. This is s [...]

    2. Greenblatt does a freaking amazing job of putting this together. The intros provide a fantastic historical perspective going into reading each play, especially for the histories. You'll know the families of the play and why they're beefing on each other before you go in. You'll know the real conversation Prince Hal and Bolingbroke had that formed the basis of Bolingbroke's death scene in 2 Henry IV. You'll know what Queen Elizabeth thought of Richard II ("I am Richard, know you not that?"), and [...]

    3. This is your one stop shop for everything Shakespearee historical background information to add context to Shakespeare the man, his times, and the plays themselves. I had to buy this text to use for a few college Shakespeare classes, and I am now an English teacher myself. I break this out monthly and reread plays, read my annotations, and enjoy the myself thoroughly. If you suffered through Shakespeare in high school and some years have passed since then, you might want to pick up a play and se [...]

    4. I have a very peculiar experience whenever I read Shakespeare after setting him aside for awhile: Shakespeare's English becomes hard for me to understand. However, if I start reading again and just proceed without apparent comprehension, everything eventually becomes clear. I love Hamlet for the philosophical issues raised ("Seems? Nay, it is. I know not 'seems'"), Henry V for the strength bestowed ("Proclaim it throughout this host that he that hath not courage to this fight, let him depart. Hi [...]

    5. After research this seemed like the best edition to read, though at first I thought Folger may be easier. I got a Folger copy of Richard III and it was almost the exact translation as Norton, and I found the way Norton was put together to be easier to read than Folger, though the opposite was supposed to be true. My ultimate take away is that I enjoy Shakespeare’s stories, but they take some work to read - certainly not easy reading, though not difficult, just slow. I enjoyed the stories I rea [...]

    6. I have a hypothesis about Shakespeare that may be untestable in this life. My hypothesis is that, in order to understand Shakespeare, you must enjoy him. Backward, huh? Yet, it seems that this reality comes out when you speak with people who like to read this stuff. In any case, the Norton is a very good resource/doorstop to have in your library. Although my scholarship is exceeding feeble, I sometimes disagree with the editor's commentary on certain words. His definitions just don't seem to fit [...]

    7. Okay. I only have to read 7 plays out of this for the course I am in, so here is how I feel about each I have read (in order):Measure of Measure: WHAT? WHAT? No. No thank you. **Hamlet: Yes. One of my favorite plays. I am kind of ashamed. But it's okay. I love you, Hamlet. *****A Midsummer Night's Dream: Meeehhhhh. ***Twelfth Night: AHAHAAHA I love you Viola! You are hilarious and strong! And you have some great monologues. Also, Malvolioghten up. ****Titus Andronicus: Um. I didn't know they had [...]

    8. Hamlet: This is, in my opinion, the best piece of literature ever written in the English language.Macbeth: I never read this play in school, or anything, which is weird because I was an English major in college and took a Shakespeare class. I just read it though, in anticipation of seeing the play performed. I wanted to understand what I was seeing better. There are some really great themes in this play -- trust, betrayal, the influence a corrupt leader has on his people -- and there are some gr [...]

    9. Oh, how I love Shakespeare! I won't go into a detailed review of the specific plays because I can do that with the editions of individual plays. But I used this text for my "Shakespeare: The Early Plays" course in college and read about half of the plays. It was a heavy book to lug to class because it has EVERYTHING Shakespeare ever wrote in it. But it was worth it to have all that material in one place. The plays are there in their entirety, the page layout is easy to read, and there are plenty [...]

    10. This books been sitting on my floor for five years. I considered selling it numerous times. It was way too big. 3500 pages seemed impossible. This is hands down one of the most rewarding and amazing books I've ever read. Life changing, in fact. Easily in my top five most significant reads. It has ignited a massive spark to learn more about his work, to watch his plays, and observe the intricacies and absolute mastery of craft. It's also a bit sad. I will never read a single text as long and diff [...]

    11. I bought this when I was taking a course with Stephen Greenblatt in college -- a course in which we were studying four of Shakespeare's plays in depth. This thing was, I don't know, $90 or something; buying each of the plays individually would have come to about $20 total; Greenblatt had just come out with this the previous year and wanted to sell copies; we all wound up buying the $90 version and lugging all 20 pounds of it to class each week. And he was so charmingly straightforward about the [...]

    12. This is a great edition of Shakespeare's works. A lot of research and background information before each piece explains some peculiarities of the time. I quite enjoyed reading Billy Shake's (as I like to pretend he was called in his young days) earliest plays in conjunction with the later ones that are so widely revered. You can see his style develop from some school boy trying to jam every little bit of classical knowledge he has into a single piece (Titus Andronicus for example) to a more expe [...]

    13. With Stephen Greenblatt as the general editor for this book, I had some real qualms about the introductory essays/commentaries for each work - the New Historicist approach is so narrow, in my opinion. And the fact that they use the Oxford Edition of the text, which, as my Shakespeare professor pointed out to me, has some questionable editing, doesn't improve the text either. But it's an interesting collection, and generally I have a lot of respect for the Norton anthologies, so to me, this was s [...]

    14. The editors are very clear about where they pulled the text (Quarto or Folio)and they explain why they made such choices. It helped me to better understand exactly what version of the plays I was reading. Also, it is worth buying this book for the play introductions alone. Stephen Greenblatt, Walter Cohen, Jean E. Howard, and Katharine Eisaman Maus have written brilliantly interesting articles to accompany each of the plays (though I expected nothing less from a Norton book). They helped enlight [...]

    15. The Norton Shakespeare is a collection of Shakespeare's complete works, including the sonnets, including essays and introductions on each, with glosses and footnotes for the modern reader where the meaning of words and phrases isn't obvious, or where the modern reader needs some context. It's not something I tend to need, but it has been helpful on a few occasions.It's a very good collection, and if you're studying Shakespeare, definitely worth getting. The main problem with it is that it's huge [...]

    16. I forgot I had this! This book holds everything Shakespeare - EVERYTHING. And while I'm not a hardcore fan, it's classic, and it's literature, and he birthed so many words we use today (Do those who readily equip "swagger" know its roots?). A must have for anyone who studied English or who wishes simply to own it. When I was in college, we called it The Bible. And what a headache it was to dissect! Possibly why I sold it and the very reason why I need to repurchase it to add again to my library. [...]

    17. This is THE definitive edition; introductory essays and notes are provided by the world's pre-eminent Shakespeare scholars, as well as the standardized complete text versions. Mutiple versions of some of the more disputed texts, such as King Lear, are also provided. This is definitely a must for anyone interested in Shakespeare. The only bad thing about the Norton Shakespeare is that it's not terribly portable; I own this as well as paperbacks of most of the individual plays.

    18. The best complete Shakespeare, bar none. If you had to live on a desert island and could take only one book, and you chose a complete edition of Shakespeare's works, this has to be it. Full of the latest editions of all his plays and poetry. It also has revised chronology of his works, including some discussions of works which may be by him such as Love's Labour's Won, and some great essays to really bring the edition up to date. Buy it, read it, enjoy. Simple.

    19. Basically Wells' & Taylor's Oxford copy text, with paratext written by scholars famous for their work within the ambit of the New Historicism.Given that Taylor was influenced by the cultural materialism of the BCCCS, this edition isn't too much of a departure from the Oxford. Still, the New Historicism is kinda annoying sometimes. Remedies the only defect of the Oxford by including play-specific commentary and notes.

    20. This is one of my absolute favorite editions of Shakespeare's Complete Works. The footnotes are exceptionally detailed, the text is nicely laid out, and there are three--count em!--THREE different versions of King Lear in the book. Not to mention, some of the "disputed" plays that haven't made it into all versions of Shakespeare's works. If you're going to choose one version of the Complete Works for your library, this should be the one.

    21. Can't say I've read everything in this book, but I've read a fair deal. Shakespeare is the master. He is also someone you, especially in this day and age, definately need to learn to read, but as someone with a degree in English lit I can say I've definately been taught to do so (sometimes the hard way, ha) and that I definately have a deep appreciation for his work.

    22. If you've actually managed to read this book- the collected works of the most famous writer since Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Are you gonna say you don't like it? improbable.This is a reasonably priced collection with decent commentary. See the Riverside Anthology for additional criticism and analysis that will round out your understanding of the literay discourse surrounding Shakespeare.

    23. Norton does a fair job in its explanatory notes; that being said, sometimes they are arcane, esoteric, mundane, ridiculous, and somewhat banal or entirely obvious; that being said, they are better than what others would insert in some footnotes; that being said, they are worse than what some would include; that being said, I could do this all day

    24. I haven't read this Norton (or any Norton, I believe) in totallity, who has? But the background information is GOLD and all the works compiled together is wonderfully overwhelming for any nerd! The works I have read, I have thoroughly enjoyed. I haven't met a Shakespearean play that I didn't enjoy on some level.

    25. This, in my overly educated opinion, is the best scholarly edition of Shakespeare. It fancies up the Oxford. Annotations are plentiful it never assumes you already know the meaning of beginner shakes vocab like "anon" or "coxcomb" haha, but it doesn't leave out the nerdly digressions about how Richard III wasn't really such a badass as all that. You can't take this book in the bathtub.

    26. A great resource; it has all his plays and excellent notes on it. Not too many notes as many singular books of his plays have. Plus, I think one of my professors at college said that the text was the least tampered with in this version.

    27. Read Richard III, Richard II, Henry V, Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, and Cymbeline in English 24: Shakespeare I taught by Professor Peter Saccio. Read (and taught) Romeo and Juliet in high school.

    28. Plays I read from this compilation (in order of preference):OthelloA Midsummer Night's DreamHamletThe Merry Wives of WindsorThe TempestA Winter's TaleMuch Ado About NothingThe Taming of the ShrewKing Henry IV part I

    29. Glorious edition, full of illuminating critical essays preceding each play. Accurate and insightful footnotes. Why didn't I rate it 5 stars? Because it's so freaking heavy and teeny tiny print makes it hard to read. And I get a little tired of Shakespeare's reoccuring sexual puns.

    30. As can be expected from Norton, this is an excellent anthology. The editorial stuff is good.But it's huge and cumbersome and the print is tiny. If you're actually trying to read these plays for the first time, do yourself a favor and buy the individual paperback versions.

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