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Old 08-03-2011, 08:24 AM   #1
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Arden Shakespeare

While I was searching the forum I came across a recommendation for the Arden Shakespeare series but it was unavailable in ebook format at the time of the post (2008). I've now noticed that it is available in ePub and as I'm searching for a good Shakespeare collection - is that the one to own? Any other recommendations will be appreciated.
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:34 AM   #2
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I'm not sure about the ebook edition but the hardback of the Arden Shakespeare Complete Works apparently lacks the footnotes of the individual volumes.
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I have the individual paperback versions of many of the Arden editions of Shakespeare's plays. The notes are excellent--the only more comprehensive volumes I have seen are the Variorum editions.

The question is whether or not the ebook version has those notes. If not, and you want annotations, then you should probably look elsewhere.

There is the Shakespeare Pro App on iTunes but it's a bit pricey {as Apps go}.
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I have the complete set of Arden Shakespeare paperbacks. They are, IMHO, the best around. However, I don't think the single volume "collected works" has the annotations and footnotes, which makes it much less useful.
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I'm not too bothered about annotations to be honest. They'd be very nice but what I'd really like is a well formatted edition of Shakespeare's Complete Works. I haven't seen a PD edition that comes close and I'd be willing to pay as to create one myself would be a large undertaking.
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I have two e-book editions and they are moderately priced and well formatted.

1. William Shakespeare Complete Works Ultimate Collection: 213 Plays, Poems, Sonnets, Poetry including the 16 rare, hard-to-get Apocryphal Plays PLUS Annotations, Commentaries of Works, Full Biography [Kindle Edition]

This has just about everything, is well formatted and costs only $2.34.

2. THE COMPLETE PLAYS OF SHAKESPEARE (Special Kindle Illustrated and Commented Edition) All of William Shakespeare's Unabridged Plays AND Yale Critical Analysis ... (The Complete Works of Shakespeare) [Kindle Edition]

Again. this is inexpensive at $2.99 and well formatted. However, you don't get the poetry. This edition does have some interesting essays, but if you want everything in one volume, the other is probably the better buy. {IMO}

It might be worth downloading free samples to see which {if either} would suit you.

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Can someone identify a specific series which offers the play(s) AND the annotations as an ebook? Without annotations, one might as well just download Project Gutenberg editions.
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I don't believe there are any. At least, I haven't come across any, and it is something I keep an eye open for.
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Personally I think the annotations are a nuisance, distracting from the flow of reading the play. Although I found them useful when I was a student, I don't want them when reading the plays for pleasure. So I have both falling apart pbooks of Shakespeare's works and ebooks downloaded from the memorial library.
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You're obviously much more of a Shakespearean expert than I am. I find the annotations essential to understand Shakespeare's language.
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I read them for the story, not to study the poetry of the language, so it's like reading a novel written entirely in dialogue.

This is probably because I spent years studying him through 0 and A level English, then a degree in Lit. Now I don't understand why others have difficulty.
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I have two e-book editions and they are moderately priced and well formatted.

1. William Shakespeare Complete Works Ultimate Collection: 213 Plays, Poems, Sonnets, Poetry including the 16 rare, hard-to-get Apocryphal Plays PLUS Annotations, Commentaries of Works, Full Biography [Kindle Edition]

This has just about everything, is well formatted and costs only $2.34.

2. THE COMPLETE PLAYS OF SHAKESPEARE (Special Kindle Illustrated and Commented Edition) All of William Shakespeare's Unabridged Plays AND Yale Critical Analysis ... (The Complete Works of Shakespeare) [Kindle Edition]

Again. this is inexpensive at $2.99 and well formatted. However, you don't get the poetry. This edition does have some interesting essayWilliam Shakespeare Complete Works Ultimate Collections, but if you want everything in one volume, the other is probably the better buy. {IMO}

It might be worth downloading free samples to see which {if either} would suit you.
Thanks for the tip. I checked out the first one, "William Shakespeare Complete Works Ultimate Collection" and the price has even gone down a bit to $1.99 for the book. It looks like there is a lot of good reading in it, not just the plays & sonnets themselves, but the additional material that is included in it.
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I read them for the story, not to study the poetry of the language, so it's like reading a novel written entirely in dialogue.

This is probably because I spent years studying him through 0 and A level English, then a degree in Lit. Now I don't understand why others have difficulty.
My own first exposure to Shakespeare was through movie versions of his plays. Hamlet & MacBeth primarily. The old black & white versions with Laurence Oliver and Orson Welles that is with Romeo & Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew (both in color) thrown in for good measure. He's still one of the greatest writer's to have ever lived I think.
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Not sure what the bumping etiquette is on these forums, but I've just discovered the RSC eBook versions of the individual plays (UK ePub link).

They're rather pricey, but well annotated (obscure words/ phrases are hyperlinked back and forth - check out the preview of the Kindle version of Hamlet to see how frequent the notes are, but note that the endnotes are not included in the preview!) with good introductions, scene-by-scene analysis, etc.

I've fairly sure, despite the given date of publication, that these are mostly new: I remember a selection of the RSC eBooks were available on waterstones and kobobooks earlier in the year, but then they disappeared completely a couple of months ago, and Hamlet was definitely not part of this selection (and also the covers were different). Additionally, booksonboard gives the dates of publication as 2nd December 2011, so I think the dates noted on bookdepository may refer to the paperback editions.

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