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Book Title: The Norton Shakespeare: Based On The Oxford Edition|
ISBN 13: 9780393970869
The author of the book: William Shakespeare
Date of issue: 1997
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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 something won't ever get rid of and will use constantly.
Some Rereading Thoughts:
1. I still don't think Shakespeare is the best writer of all time. I feel like too many of his plays were written for higher people rather than what he possibly wanted to write instead. He possibly didn't have an education and sometimes I question what plays he even wrote or if they were written by someone else. His history plays I really don't care for and sometimes felt like they were for propaganda reasons. HOWEVER, regardless of my opinions, I still think Shakespeare is very important to read at least once in your life. Nearly every writer after him has quoted him, referenced him, or was inspired by him in some way. To read Shakespeare is to fully understand literature in someway.
2. I noticed there is a difference in tone with the Elizabethan plays and the Jacobean plays. The plays during Elizabeth's time felt like he was still trying everything out for the first time. There are a few favorites I have during this time, but I admit I like his plays during James better. During James, we see more strangeness and magic. I remember being taught James liked this and asked Shakespeare for more ghost and magic in the plays.
3. Is it possible every Shakespeare play is connected and in the same universe? There are several characters that appear in other plays and mentions of previous characters. His universe isn't our own though. Unlike our's, his is filled with ghost, magic, and the gods. Some of the history has been changed, but maybe for his universe it was meant for that change. I noticed too most of his plays mention the word "tempest" and what happens to be his last play? Okay, maybe I'm sounding like a crazy person right now, but this is what happened when I entered Shakespeare's world again.
My Top Ten Favorites:*
1. The Tempest
2. A Midsummer Night's Dream
4. Titus Andronicus
6. Twelfth Night
7. As You Like It
8. King Lear
10. The Winter's Tale
I plan on coming back to these plays and rereading them again. Going to reread Tempest to finish off my Shakespeare with a cherry on top, but I'm taking a long break afterwords. I enjoyed this a lot more without having to study these plays and writing an essay after every read. I could read them for fun instead. I did skip the a lot of the intros and footnotes and other material in this edition, but I might read those another time too. I've read every play, but I'm not sure it's possible for anyone to be completely done with Shakespeare. It's like he's Prospero and has magic powers...whoops, sounding like a crazy person again.
*If you want to know why I like those plays, most of them I wrote reviews for, but none of them are as long as this review though.
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Read information about the authorWilliam Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon. Scholars believe that he died on his fifty-second birthday, coinciding with St George’s Day.
At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.
Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1590 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century. Next he wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest examples in the English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights. Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime, and in 1623, two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare's.
Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century. The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare's genius, and the Victorians hero-worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called "bardolatry". In the twentieth century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance. His plays remain highly popular today and are consistently performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.
According to historians, Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets throughout the span of his life. Shakespeare's writing average was 1.5 plays a year since he first started writing in 1589. There have been plays and sonnets attributed to Shakespeare that were not authentically written by the great master of language and literature.
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