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Best Multivolume Editions?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1121  Monday, 14 May 2001

From:           Tad Davis <
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Date:           Friday, 11 May 2001 23:00:50 -0400
Subject: 12.1078 Best Multivolume Editions?
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1078 Best Multivolume Editions?

I've been trying for the last year to get myself going on a campaign to
read all of Shakespeare's plays, roughly in chronological order (of
which, for this project, I have designated myself the final arbiter).
After struggling with the Norton and the Riverside, neither of which
goes well on the subway, I tackled the Oxford and Arden3 series. Of
those, I tend to prefer the Arden3, partly because the type is larger.
But I found myself constantly getting sidetracked by the massive
introductions and copious annotations: good when making a study in depth
of a single play, but dissipaters of momentum where my project is
concerned.

When all was said and done, I settled on the New Pelican. I do miss some
of the more extensive notes of the other editions, but the notes here do
allow me to "get the jokes," and there are some pleasingly
unconventional choices in the textual department. Plus they're cheap.

Tad Davis

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