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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