The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1177 Tuesday, 22 May 2001
Date: Sunday, 20 May 2001 00:23:50 -0400
Subject: 12.1121 Best Multivolume Editions?
Comment: Re: SHK 12.1121 Best Multivolume Editions?
For 2 of Steve Roth's types of reader: the one looking for a set light
enough to travel with and the one looking for a quality paperback:
One can occasionally get at used book stores the 6 volume Complete Works
edited by David Bevington, published by Bantam for Quality Paperback
Book Club. I have found 2 sets in perfect condition this way. Although
each volume contains 5-7 plays, and so isn't as light as a single
paperback, it is certainly comfortable enough to carry around in a small
bag, read while commuting, read in bed, etc. Each play is preceded by a
short forward by Joseph Papp, a critical introduction, a brief history
of the play in performance, and followed by textual notes, a section on
sources and a "further reading" section. Annotations are on the bottom
of the page and fairly complete. (Will definitely help your friend "get
the jokes"). The type is extremely clean, larger than the Arden, Folger
or Signet single volumes, and very comfortable to read, much more so
than the Bevington-edited Bantam single editions (which may also be out
of print). The notes are better than the Folger and Signet, but not as
extensive as the Arden.
I've seen the sets offered on the internet, but for more money than my
favorite quality used book store has sold them to me for. The Bantam
single editions, if still in print, should have all the same
information, but I find the small type very trying to read.
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