The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1476 Tuesday 24 August 1999.
Date: Monday, 23 Aug 1999 18:09:28 GMT
Subject: 10.1465 Re: Arden Shakespeare
Comment: Re: SHK 10.1465 Re: Arden Shakespeare
>Of course no one asked me, but that one-volume Arden Shakespeare is one
>of the most dreadful rip-offs I have ever seen. It has virtually NO
>apparatus, even while it trades on the "Arden" name which, if anything,
>suggests that the edition is going to boast all sorts of authoritative
>scholarship to ACCOMPANY the text. Of course, anyone who looks at the
>book can see that it's hardly worth having, especially at the price.
I think the Complete Arden Shakespeare is an excellent deal for the
average reader. It is, of course, unsuitable for scholarship, but that
is not its purpose. Personally, I think any home library is incomplete
without the works of Shakespeare, but I do not expect the average reader
to purchase a complete set of individual Arden editions. When friends
ask me to recommend an edition of Shakespeare's complete works, I
suggest the Arden. At $32 (from amazon.com), it is a bargain. The
Riverside, for example, costs twice as much.
Ray Lischner (http://www.bardware.com)
co-author (with John Doyle) of Shakespeare for Dummies