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The complete works of William Shakespeare.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
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Works. 1990
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New York : Gramercy Books, 1990.
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1227 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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This complete and unabridged edition contains every word that Shakespeare wrote -- all 37 tragedies, comedies, and histories, plus the sonnets. You'll find such classics asThe Tempest, Much Ado About NothingandThe Taming of the Shrew. This Library of Literary Classics edition is bound in padded leather with luxurious gold-stamping on the front and spine, satin ribbon marker and gilded edges. Other titles in this series include: Charlotte & Emily Bronte: The Complete Novels; Edgar Allan Poe: Selected Works; Mark Twain: Selected Works; Charles Dickens: Four Complete Novels; Lewis Carroll: The Complete, Fully Illustrated Works; and Jane Austen: The Complete Novels.

Author Notes

William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School.

At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry.

By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true.

Today, Shakespeare towers over all other English writers and has few rivals in any language. His genius and creativity continue to astound scholars, and his plays continue to delight audiences. Many have served as the basis for operas, ballets, musical compositions, and films. While Jonson and other writers labored over their plays, Shakespeare seems to have had the ability to turn out work of exceptionally high caliber at an amazing speed. At the height of his career, he wrote an average of two plays a year as well as dozens of poems, songs, and possibly even verses for tombstones and heraldic shields, all while he continued to act in the plays performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This staggering output is even more impressive when one considers its variety. Except for the English history plays, he never wrote the same kind of play twice. He seems to have had a good deal of fun in trying his hand at every kind of play.

Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, all published on 1609, most of which were dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothsley, The Earl of Southhampton. He also wrote 13 comedies, 13 histories, 6 tragedies, and 4 tragecomedies. He died at Stratford-upon-Avon April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. His cause of death was unknown, but it is surmised that he knew he was dying.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

The Tempestp. 1
Two Gentlemen of Veronap. 23
Merry Wives of Windsorp. 45
Twelfth Night; or, What You Willp. 73
Measure for Measurep. 99
Much Ado About Nothingp. 127
A Midsummer Night's Dreamp. 153
Love's Labour's Lostp. 175
The Merchant of Venicep. 203
As You Like itp. 229
All's Well That Ends Wellp. 257
The Taming of the Shrewp. 287
The Winter's Talep. 315
The Comedy of Errorsp. 347
King Johnp. 367
The Life and Death of King Richard IIp. 395
King Henry IV. First Partp. 425
King Henry IV. Second Partp. 455
King Henry Vp. 489
King Henry VI. First Partp. 523
King Henry VI. Second Partp. 553
King Henry VI. Third Partp. 591
The Life and Death of King Richard IIIp. 627
King Henry VIIIp. 671
Troilus and Cressidap. 707
Timon of Athensp. 745
Coriolanusp. 773
Julius Caesarp. 813
Antony and Cleopatrap. 841
Cymbelinep. 879
Titus Andronicusp. 919
Pericles, Prince of Typep. 947
King Learp. 973
Romeo and Julietp. 1011
Macbethp. 1045
Hamlet, Prince of Denmarkp. 1071
Othello, The Moor of Venicep. 1113
Venus and Adonisp. 1151
The Rape of Lucrecep. 1167
Sonnetsp. 1191
A Lover's Complaintp. 1217
The Passionate Pilgrimp. 1221
Sonnets to Sundry Notes of Musicp. 1225
The Phoenix and the Turtlep. 1229