About the Book:
Compiled by the world's leading authorities, packed with information, and attractively designed, The Oxford Shakespeare is the gold standard of Shakespearean anthologies.
Hailed by The Washington Post as "a definitive synthesis of the best editions" and by The Times of London as "a monument to Shakespearean scholarship," The Oxford Shakespeare is the ultimate anthology of the Bard's work: the most authoritative edition of the plays and poems ever published.
Originally published in 1986, The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works is a thoroughly updated second edition of Shakespeare in which the original documents have been re-examined in every detail and edited according to the most up-to-date findings of textual scholarship.
There are many original features. The works are given a newly considered chronological order, original titles are restored, and the canon has been re-thought, permitting the inclusion of The Two Noble Kinsman and some unfamiliar short poems. Also amended are King Lear as Shakespeare originally wrote it and as he revised it some years later. Other plays, too, are based on what new research identifies as Shakespeare's revised, more theatrical text. Stage directions have been reconsidered in light of the play's original staging, and many new directions for essential action added. Spelling and punctuation are modernized from the original texts on freshly thought principles. There is an informative General Introduction and a glossary, along with a brief introduction to each work, providing essential background.
The second edition has been expanded to include for the first time the texts of The Reign of Edward III and Sir Thomas More. Introductions have been revised and there is a new essay on Shakespeare's language by David Crystal along with a User's Guide and a selected list of Further Reading compiled by Susan Brock.
The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works brings the modern reader closer to Shakespeare's plays as they were first acted than has ever before been possible.
What people say:
"...remains the most distinctive, and in many ways the best, one-volume Shakespeare currently available and will not be easily replaced." — Forum for Modern Languages
"...beautifully produced...." — Times Literary Supplement
"Pound for pound the most consistently interesting and provocative edition of Shakespeare ever published." — Around the Globe
"In tight, engaging prose, Adam captures the essence of the ever-scaling power of the virus. It’s not just for geeks anymore." — Seth Godin, author of Tribes
"Oxford has launched — the ballistic image does seem apt — a second single volume version of its revolutionary edition, which first excited and outraged Shakespeareans in 1986. Oxford's Complete Works has a solid, traditional look but explodes into cutting-edge controversy inside." — Independent
About the Editors:
Stanley Wells is Emeritus Professor, University of Birmingham and a renowned authority on Shakespeare and other writers of his time. He is General Editor of the Oxford
Shakespeare and has published many books and articles on
the subject and lectured all over the world. A world-renowned authority,
he regularly appears on TV, radio, and in the press whenever
Shakespeare is discussed. He is Chair of the Shakespeare Birthplace
Trust, Honorary Governor Emeritus of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and
member of the Board of Directors of the Globe Theatre. In 2007, he was
awarded a CBE.
Gary Taylor is Director of the Hudson Strode Programme in Renaissance Studies at the University of Alabama.
John Jowett is reader of Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham.
William Montgomery works for the Guardian Newspaper.