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The Works of William Shakespeare [Cambridge Edition]   By: (1564-1616)

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The Works of William Shakespeare, as presented in the Cambridge Edition, is an exceptional compilation of the renowned playwright's literary genius. This comprehensive collection showcases the full range and depth of Shakespeare's work, making it an invaluable resource for both scholars and avid enthusiasts alike.

One of the key strengths of this edition is its meticulous attention to detail and accuracy. The editors have undertaken extensive research and analysis to present the most reliable and authentic versions of each play and poem. This scholarly approach ensures that readers can fully immerse themselves in Shakespeare's original intentions, enhancing their appreciation of his unparalleled artistry.

The volume opens with a meticulously crafted introduction that provides a captivating overview of Shakespeare's life, historical context, and literary legacy. This section serves as a valuable guide for readers unfamiliar with his work and offers fresh insights to more seasoned Shakespearean scholars.

The plays are presented in chronological order, enabling readers to witness Shakespeare's evolution as a writer. This organization allows for a deeper understanding of the development of his themes, characters, and dramatic techniques. Each play is accompanied by comprehensive footnotes that unravel complex language, idioms, and allusions, shedding light on the subtleties of his writing.

Furthermore, the Cambridge Edition includes several insightful commentaries and essays contributed by eminent Shakespearean scholars. These thought-provoking analyses delve into various aspects of the plays, exploring themes, interpretations, and historical significance. Such supplementary materials enrich the reading experience by offering multiple perspectives and encouraging critical thinking.

The physical presentation of this edition is beautifully crafted, reflecting the grandeur and timeless elegance of Shakespeare's works. The high-quality binding, crisp typography, and well-structured layout make reading a true pleasure. Additionally, the inclusion of detailed illustrations and engravings adds a visual dimension, transporting readers into the vibrant world of Shakespearean drama.

With its thorough research, meticulous editing, and engaging supplementary materials, The Works of William Shakespeare [Cambridge Edition] undoubtedly stands out as a definitive scholarly resource. Its accessibility, comprehensive content, and scholarly insights make it equally appealing to those studying Shakespeare, as well as to passionate fans seeking to explore his magnificent literary legacy. This edition serves as a testament to the enduring brilliance of his works and cements Shakespeare's place as one of the greatest playwrights in the English language.

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[Transcriber's Note:

This e text contains the introductory material (44 pages) and the publisher's advertising (16 pages) from Volume I of the nine volume 1863 Cambridge edition of Shakespeare. The five plays from this volume, with their notes, will each be produced as a free standing e text.

Numerals written as subscripts are shown inline as F1, F2, Q1.... Except for footnotes and illustrations, all brackets are in the original.

In the publisher's advertising, the page breaks have been retained and are shown as a double row of asterisks.]




[Illustration (Publisher's Device)]




Edited by

WILLIAM GEORGE CLARK, M.A. Fellow and Tutor of Trinity College, and Public Orator in the University of Cambridge;

and JOHN GLOVER, M.A. Librarian Of Trinity College, Cambridge.


Cambridge and London: MACMILLAN AND CO. 1863.

Cambridge: Printed by C. J. Clay, M.A. at the University Press.

To His Grace

THE DUKE OF DEVONSHIRE, K.G. Chancellor Of The University Of Cambridge.


Is Respectfully Dedicated by THE EDITORS.


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