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Bevington Shakespeare edition 10 years 9 months ago #378

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First edition published in 1980

Fourth edition published in 1997

Fifth edition published in 2003

Sixth edition to be published July 2008

Editor: David Bevington (Professor at the Unversity of Chicago)

Bevington uses line numbers thoughout, but only on lines where there are corresponding footnotes (as opposed to increments of 10 or 20 like other editions).

Description from the sixth edition: A balanced editorial approach, a highly respected editor, and proven apparatus combine to make Bevington's the most reader-friendly introduction to Shakespeare available. The Sixth Edition of this comprehensive anthology addresses the two key issues confronted by readers approaching Shakespeare today: a lack of knowledge about the historical period and difficulty with the language of Shakespeare's plays. A richly illustrated general introduction offers insight into Shakespeare's England and background on the literary and cultural contexts in which Shakespeare wrote and produced plays. Each play is introduced by a descriptive essay designed to help the reader appreciate the cultural contexts and interpretive issues raised by the play, without dictating their interpretations. Thoroughly revised and updated notes and glosses provide additional support to understanding the language of Shakespeare's time. For those interested in learning about the time of Shakepeare and reading and understanding Shakespeare's plays.
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Bevington Shakespeare edition 8 months 2 weeks ago #7415

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I have every edition of Bevington's Complete Shakespeare. Shortly after I acquired the 7th edition (a couple years ago), I noticed a few typos in the edition, and saw in the Preface that Professor Bevington had provided his email address, and indicated that he would welcome any feedback. I decided to email him (to let him know that actor Aidan Quinn's name was misspelled in his Hamlet intro), and thus began a very enjoyable correspondence between myself and Professor Bevington. Since that first email, I have found a couple dozen errors in the 7th edition, as well as several typos in the Introduction to his edition of Hamlet on Internet Shakespeare Editions. David always very graciously thanks me for my input, and we have become friends of sorts via email. I find his Complete Shakespeare to be one of the best editions out there.

The only negative comment I have about the Bevington Shakespeare is that my copy of the 6th edition was very poorly bound. The 7th edition was a vast improvement in that area.
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