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  • LOVES LABOURS LOST   -   ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    LOVES LABOURS LOST - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781904271109
    Title: LOVES LABOURS LOST - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'With the publication of Woudhuysen's Arden 3 edition, the magisterial study of the play that will energise a new generation of readers and directors has now arrived.'Eric Rasmussen, University of Nevada at Reno, Shakespeare Survey

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781408133491
    Title: MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Arden Shakespeare is the established edition of Shakespeare's work. Justly celebrated for its authoritative scholarship and invaluable commentary, Arden editions guide you to a richer understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare's plays. This edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream provides a clear and authoritative text, detailed notes and commentary on the same page as the text and a full introduction discussing the critical and historical background to the play. The editor brings fresh perspectives on global productions and adaptations of this most-loved of Shakespeare's comedies.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $18.99

    Price: $18.99
  • MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781472520296
    Title: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Much Ado About Nothing presents a battle of the sexes in more ways than one: as both a lightning-fast skirmish of wits between two famously disputatious lovers, and a near-deadly conflict built on conventions of gender and male rivalry.

    Claire McEachern's new introduction brings this best-seller right up to date, analysing recent developments in criticism and the latest productions of this comedy.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • PERICLES   -   ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    PERICLES - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436851
    Title: PERICLES - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Suzanne Gossett offers a full and critical performance history, with an introduction showing how the play's performance history has paralled the criticism. It then gives an interpretation of this two-generation romance, with its successive male and female central characters, based on a reading 'through the family', and influenced by the feminist and new historicist criticism of the last two decades. The edition integrates cumulative research on Shakespeare's collaborative authorship and the transmission of the text without rewriting the play or ignoring years of emendations.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • POEMS SHAKESPEARE
    POEMS SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780415027526
    Title: POEMS SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $21.95
    Price: $21.95
  • SHAKESPEARES LOST PLAY : IN SEARCH OF CARDENIO
    SHAKESPEARES LOST PLAY : IN SEARCH OF CARDENIO
    DORAN GREGORY
    ISBN: 9781848422087
    Title: SHAKESPEARES LOST PLAY : IN SEARCH OF CARDENIO
    Author: DORAN GREGORY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A woman seduced and a friend betrayed; desire, deceit and disguise in the heat and dust of Andalucia. RSC Chief Associate Director Gregory Doran spent years investigating the mystery of Shakespeare's lost play. This is his story, a quest to discover and stage a missing masterpiece.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $28.99

    Price: $28.99
  • SHAKESPEARES SONNETS
    SHAKESPEARES SONNETS
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781408017975
    Title: SHAKESPEARES SONNETS
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Shakespeare's Sonnets are universally loved and much-quoted throughout the world, while debates still rage as to the identity of the Dark Lady and how autobiographical the sonnets really are. The only edition of the sonnets published in Shakespeare's lifetime was published in 1609 and this revised edition is published to mark their 400th anniversary. First published in 1997 to much critical acclaim, the Sonnets has been a consistent best-seller in the Arden Shakespeare series. Katherine Duncan-Jones tackles the controversies and mysteries surrounding these beautiful poems head on, and explores the issues of sexuality to be found in them, making this a truly modern edition for today's readers and students. This revised edition has been updated and corrected in the light of new scholarship and critical thinking since its first publication.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SHAKESPEARES STORYTELLERS
    SHAKESPEARES STORYTELLERS
    HARDY BARBARA
    ISBN: 9780720610536
    Title: SHAKESPEARES STORYTELLERS
    Author: HARDY BARBARA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE



    Imprint: PETER OWEN
    RRP: $43.95

    Price: $43.95
  • TAMING OF THE SHREW - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    TAMING OF THE SHREW - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436936
    Title: TAMING OF THE SHREW - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Taming of the Shrew is unique among Shakespeare's plays and is a perennial and compelling success in the theatre. Its reception is marked, however, by ongoing debate over the meaning and worth of the play.

    This edition disengages Shakespeare's exuberant and disturbing marital farce from the tangled history of its reception. It views the two sixteenth-century Shrew plays as textually independent but theatrically interdependent and so includes the full text of The Taming of A Shrew in an appendix.

    While the Introduction and commentary focus on the critical and theatrical debate surrounding the play, the original and comprehensive editing of the playtext makes available a 'different' Shrew, more open to the reader's interpretation than is usually the case. Barbara Hodgdon is a distinguised feminist scholar whose reading of the play offers a stimulating array of ideas and and questions about this enduringly popular yet challenging comedy.

    The Arden Shakespeare has long set the gold standard in annotated, scholarly editions of the plays. Each Arden edition offers a modernised text with comprehensive commentary notes glossing meanings, discussing staging issues and explaining literary allusions, together with a lengthy, illustrated introduction by a leading scholar exploring the play's critical, theatrical and historical contexts.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TIMON OF ATHENS - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    TIMON OF ATHENS - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436974
    Title: TIMON OF ATHENS - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Timon of Athens has struck many readers as rough and unpolished, perhaps even unfinished, though to others it has appeared as Shakespeare's most profound tragic allegory. Described by Coleridge as 'the stillborn twin of King Lear', the play has nevertheless proved brilliantly effective in performance over the past thirty or forty years.This edition accepts and contributes to the growing scholarly consensus that the play is not Shakespeare's solo work, but is the result of his collaboration with Thomas Middleton, who wrote about a third of it. The editors offer an account of the process of collaboration and discuss the different ways that each author contributes to the play's relentless look at the corruption and greed of society. They provide, as well, detailed annotation of the text and explore the wide range of critical and theatrical interpretations that the play has engendered. Tracing both its satirical and tragic strains, their introduction presents a perspective on the play's meanings that combines careful elucidation of historical context with analysis of its relevance to modern-day society. An extensive and well-illustrated account of the play's production history generates a rich sense of how the play can speak to different historical moments in specific and rewarding ways.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TWELFTH NIGHT  -  ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    TWELFTH NIGHT - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436998
    Title: TWELFTH NIGHT - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Critically acclaimed as one of Shakespeare's most complex and intriguing plays, Twelfth Night is a classic romantic comedy of mistaken identities. In recent years it has returned to the centre of critical debate surrounding gender and sexuality. The Introduction explores the multiple factors that make up the play's rich textual, theatrical, critical and cultural history. Keir Elam surveys the play's production and reception, emphasizing the role of the spectator both within the comedy and the playhouse.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436950
    Title: TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Two Gentlemen of Verona is commonly agreed to be Shakespeare's first comedy, and probably his first play. A comedy built around the confusions of doubling, cross - dressing and identity, it is also a play about the ideal of male friendship and what happens to those friendships when men fall in love.William Carroll's engaging Introduction focuses on the traditions and sources that stand behind the play and explores Shakespeare's unique and bold treatment of them. Special attention is given to the strong female figure of Julia and the controversial final scene.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TWO NOBLE KINSMEN / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    TWO NOBLE KINSMEN / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781904271185
    Title: TWO NOBLE KINSMEN / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is the first Arden edition of The Two Noble Kinsmen. Largely ignored for centuries because of doubts about its authorship and its subject matter, once considered distasteful, it is surprisingly relevant to many current interests. Lois Potter's valuable edition gives a full exposition of contemporary claims as to authorship and genre, discussing all the elements of collaborative writing ' not only the two authors themselves but their historical, theatrical and literary contexts. She argues that, complex as the collaboration process was, the end product can be discussed as a coherent work because of and not despite the circumstances of its production. Potter supplies new information on sources and, drawing on her extensive experience as a theatre critic, discusses the play's afterlife and compares a number of recent stagings of the play.'Potter's The Two Noble Kinsmen...shows how, even in the case of a play with a comparatively limited performance history, understanding of performance can inform every aspect of an edition...as usual with the Arden series, it is the amplitude and intelligence of the commentary that is so striking.'Peter Holland, Times Literary Supplement

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
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