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Jul. 4th, 2010 | 10:42 am
posted by: leopold_paula_b in thefirstfolio

As stated yesterday, I'm looking for a decent commentary to all of Shakespeare's works. If I buy them individually, the editions that appeal most to me are the Oxford World's Classics and the Arden one, which I browsed via googlebook and amazon. [EDIT: Apparently the Bantam series isn't bad at all either.] But if I want a Complete Shakespeare in one volume (or at least not in forty), then the Oxford and the Arden edition with round about 1350 pages give the text only without notes. But notes are what I am looking for after all.

The Longman Complete Works, edited by one of Arden's and Bantam's contributors David Bevington, comes to 2432 pages, and the Norton Shakespeare, based on the Oxford edition and edited by New Historicist Stephen Greenblatt, to 3419. Amazon doesn't allow me to look into either book, which is a shame, but I'm tempted to buy both. How good are the notes in Blakemore Evan's Riverside and Jonathan Bate's RSC editions (2057 and 2552 pages respectively)? And am I missing something important?

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from: kingstonedyr
date: Nov. 3rd, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)
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great post as usual!

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