The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0317  Thursday, 27 July 2012


From:        Michael Best <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Tuesday, July 24, 2012 6:31 PM

Subject:     Broadview ISE As You Like It Published


It is with great pleasure that I announce that the Broadview Internet Shakespeare Edition of David Bevington’s As You Like It has been published. 


Cover Image:  image  Broadview ISE ASL Cover


As You Like It

A Broadview Internet Shakespeare Edition


Written by: William Shakespeare

Edited by: David Bevington


Publication Date: July 13, 2012


ISBN: 9781554810529 / 1554810523




CDN & US $12.95

AUST $ 14.95


Both a witty satire of literary cliché and a tender meditation on the varieties of love, As You Like It continues to be one of Shakespeare’s most beloved and widely performed comedies. In the introduction to this new edition, David Bevington traces the complex relationships between the characters in the play, and explores the history of its criticism from Samuel Johnson to the twenty-first century.


As part of the newly launched Broadview Press / Internet Shakespeare Editions series, this edition features a variety of interleaved materials—from facsimile pages, diagrams, and musical scores to illustrations and extended discussions of myth and folklore—that provide a context for the social and cultural allusions in the play. Appendices offer excerpts from Shakespeare’s key sources and influences, including Thomas Lodge’s Rosalind and Ben Jonson’s Every Man in His Humor.


A collaboration between Broadview Press and the Internet Shakespeare Editions project at the University of Victoria, the editions developed for this series have been comprehensively annotated and draw on the authoritative texts newly edited for the ISE. This innovative series allows readers to access extensive and reliable online resources linked to the print edition.


David Bevington is Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Chicago. His many publications on Shakespeare include an edition of the Complete Works for Longman.


Table of Contents: 



Shakespeare’s Life

Shakespeare’s Theater

William Shakespeare: A Brief Chronology

A Note on the Text


As You Like It


Appendix A: Sources and Influences

from Thomas Lodge, Rosalind (1590)

from "The Table of Gamelyn" (14th Century)

from "Robin Hood and the Beggar"

from John Lyly, Galatea (1592)

from Ben Jonson, Every Man in His Humour (1598)

from Joseph Hall, Satires (1598)

Appendix B: Classical Myths in As You Like It



Academics teaching relevant courses may request examination copies of titles to consider for text adoption. We ask that you limit your examination copy requests to three or fewer at a time; if you are not confident that you will adopt the book, please help us keep costs down by ordering it instead. If in the future you do decide to assign as a course text a book you have previously ordered personally, Broadview Press will be happy to refund your money.


Michael Best

Coordinating Editor, Internet Shakespeare Editions


Department of English, University of Victoria

Victoria B.C. V8W 3W1, Canada.


[Editor’s Note: I have a long association with the Internet Shakespeare Editions as a member of the Editorial Board and as an editor. I have known visionary Michael Best for many years and watched as his dream of a creating “scholarly, fully annotated texts of Shakespeare’s plays freely available in a form native to the medium of the Internet” has evolved and come to fruition. David Bevington’s As You Like It is the first published edition in the ISC collaboration with Broadview Press to create editions that “have been comprehensively annotated and draw on the authoritative texts newly edited for the ISE. This innovative series allows readers to access extensive and reliable online resources linked to the print edition.” To celebrate this achievement, I am supplying a context based on information drawn from the ISC web site: -Hardy]



The Mission of the Internet Shakespeare Editions 


Our mission is to inspire a love of Shakespeare’s works in a world-wide audience. We accomplish this with the highest standards of scholarship, design, and usability.


Historical Context


The Internet Shakespeare Editions project began in 1991 when Dr. Michael Best, a Renaissance scholar at British Columbia’s University of Victoria (UVic), developed a HyperCard multimedia resource, Shakespeare’s Life and Times, with design by graphic design specialist Roberta Livingstone. . . . Within three years, a revolution took place in new media, and after further development, Shakespeare’s Life and Times was published by the same company on CD ROM.


In 1996, Best and Livingstone created the first version of the website, Internet Shakespeare Editions, a website with the aim of making scholarly, fully annotated texts of Shakespeare’s plays freely available in a form native to the medium of the Internet. A further mission was to make educational materials on Shakespeare available to teachers and students: using the global reach of the Internet. Over the next few years the Life and Times section was rewritten for the web, with funding from Athabasca University, and all Shakespeare plays were published in old spelling editions.


In November 2005 ISC brought online a newly-designed site with substantial improvements and additional resources. The new site introduced important and exciting new resources: an extensive and growing database of Shakespeare in Performance, and the “illuminated text”: a new way of viewing and exploring Shakespeare’s works with full annotation and illustration.


The result of this upgrade was that traffic to the site increased by over 100%. By 2007 requests for pages reached up to a million pages per month.


In 2010, ISC announced the completion of several plays: As You Like It (David Bevington), Julius Caesar (John Cox), Henry V (James Mardock). and Henry IV, Part One (Rose Gaby).


Although the mission of the ISE is to create digital texts, we remain aware of the power of print as a mature technology. In collaboration with Canadian-based Broadview Press, the ISE is creating texts that use the best of both print and digital media. The texts will take advantage of the revolution that is taking place in students’ study habits, where they will consult the Web before going to their local library. Broadview texts consist of the modern-spelling ISE text with level 1 annotations, an introduction condensed from the online essays on the text, and a selection of the supporting texts created by the editor. The print edition will signal places where especially significant or interesting further information is contained in the online version, and will be designed to be reminiscent of the Web page. Thus the book will provide the convenient portability and capacity for marginal annotation that print does so well; the online versions will provide the capacity for the kind of in-depth research that a digital archive makes possible.

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