The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1060 Thursday, 24 June 1999.
Date: Tuesday, 22 Jun 1999 11:58:23 -0500
Subject: Cliffs Notes
As an acquisitions editor for Cliffs Notes, a provider of educational
material, I am seeking qualified people-including Ph.D. graduate
students-who are interested in work concerning updating/revising a
product line devoted to Shakespeare's major plays that the Notes
This product line is called Complete Study Editions and is intended for
middle- and high-school classroom use, as well as for a general
readership interested in Shakespeare's plays. Each volume includes a
three-column format: commentary in the left column, Shakespeare's
original text in the middle column, and glossary terms from the original
text in the right column. The running commentary explain themes,
character development, and topics of interest in the original text of
the play. Additionally, each volume includes front matter: a life and
background of Shakespeare, an introduction to Shakespeare's historical
time (including sociopolitical, historical, religious, and economic
issues), and an introduction to the play treated in that specific
volume. Also, illustrations are placed throughout each volume.
Titles planned for revision are Hamlet, Julius Caesar, King Lear, King
Henry IV, Part 1, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Romeo and
Juliet, The Tempest, and Twelfth Night.
Plans are to revise all of the front matter and commentary, as well as
to introduce new graphics, for each title, with a projected publication
date of spring 2000. To this end, I'm looking for interested writers
with in-depth knowledge of Shakespeare who might wish to earn money
working on this project and can meet deadline submissions.
If you are interested in this project, please email Greg Tubach,