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    William Shakespeare(Author) Colin Burrow(Editor)

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The Oxford Shakespeare
General EditorStanley Wells
The Oxford Shakespeare offers authoritative texts from leading scholars in editions designed to interpret and illuminate the works for modern readers

- a new, modern-spelling text, collated and edited from all existing printings
- on-page and facing-page commentary and notes explain language and allusions
- detailed introductions consider the sonnets' biographical and literary background, how the poems relate to the plays, dating and textual matters, and the mysteries of 'Mr W. H.' and the 'Dark Lady'
- includes poems attributed to Shakespeare in the seventeenth century
- full index to introductions and commentary
- durable sewn binding for lasting use

'not simply a better text but a new conception of Shakespeare.This is a major achievement of twentieth-century scholarship.' Times Literary Supplement
ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

A long and detailed critique, which ends with excellent praise 'This Complete Sonnets and Poems is a distinguished addition to a distinguished series. It will repay comtinuing study, and act as a valuable point of reference for readers concerned more generally with Shakespeare's art and language. Colin Burrow's good sense, tact and balance as an editor are deeply impressive.' (H.R.Woudhuysen, TLS)

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  • By Mark Wilson on 14 May 2009

    I won't bother talking about the sonnets or Shakespeare's other poetry themselves as the other reviews have, as information about these is plentiful. What I will say is this: Colin Burrow's edition is a fine example of scholarship, set out in an accessible format, with a well-written insightful book-size (!) introduction and comprehensive explanatory notes.For those who aren't aware, this is the most up-to-date edition of the sonnets in print (published in 2002 compared with the 1997 Arden edition) and for this reason - alongside the fact that it is inexpensive, the introduction is so insightful, and that the inclusion of Shakespeare's other poetry encourages further reading and cross reference - I think it should really be the first choice for those interested in the Sonnets alone. Shakespeare's other poems, however, do exist in a slightly more recent Arden edition (published in 2007) and the very serious reader might want to check this out - but the differences are few and merely technical, and Burrow's edition therefore fares well in this respect too. I highly recommend it.


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