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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

The Complete Works

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare with a life of the Poet by Charles Symmons

Title:

The complete Works of William Shakespeare

Subtitle:

With a life of the poet by Charles Symmons, d.d., a glossary and fifty embellishments. complete in one volume

Author:

William Shakespeare

Language:

English

Format

Print

ISBN-10:

0-86288-146-3

ISBN-13:

978-0862881467

Publisher:

Atlantis

Subject:

Classical Literature

Place of publication:

UK

Year Published:

1980

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

XV + 910

Dimensions (mm):

216 x 135 x 58 (8.5 x 5.3 x 2.3 inches)

Shipping Weight (g):

612 g (1.4 pounds)

Price (SEK):

200

Description:

The complete Works of William Shakespeare, with a life of the poet by Charles Symmons, d.d., a glossary and fifty embellishments. complete in one volume

Contents:

The Life of the Poet by Charles Symmons

V

Tempest

1

Two Gentlemen of Verona

18

Merry Wives of Windsor

35

Twelfth Night; Or, What You Will

56

Measure For Measure

76

Much Ado About Nothing

98

Midsummers-Nights Dream

118

Love's Labour's Lost

135

Merchant Of Venice

157

As You Like It

177

All's Well That Ends Well

198

Taming of the Shrew

220

Winter's Tale

241

Comedy of Errors

266

Macbeth

281

King John

300

The Life And Death of the King Richard II.

321

First Part of King Henry IV

343

Second Part of King Henry IV

366

King Henry V

391

First Part of King Henry VI

416

Second part of King Henry VI

439

Third part of King Henry VI

465

Life And Death of the King Richard III

490

King Henry VIII

520

Troilus and Cressida

546

Timon of Athens

573

Coriolanus

593

Julius Caesar

622

Antony and Cleopatra

642

Cymbeline

669

Titus Andronicus

697

Pericles prince of Tyre

717

King Lear

736

Romeo and Juliet

764

Hamlet prince of Denmark

788

Othello the Moor of Venice

819

Venus and Adonis

847

The rape of Lucrece

859

Sonnets

877

A Lovers complain

897

The Passionate Pilgtim

900

Sonnets to Sundry Notes of Music

902

Glossary

905

About the Author(s):

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, the authorship of some of which is uncertain. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613 at age 49, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.

Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the 16th century. He then wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest works in the English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights.

Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime. In 1623, John Heminges and Henry Condell, two friends and fellow actors of Shakespeare, published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare's. It was prefaced with a poem by Ben Jonson, in which Shakespeare is hailed, presciently, as "not of an age, but for all time."

Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the 19th century. The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare's genius, and the Victorians worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called "bardolatry". In the 20th century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance. His plays remain highly popular today and are constantly studied, performed, and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.

 

Charles Symmons (1749-1826) was a Welsh poet and priest.

Symmons was the younger son of John Symmons, the MP for Cardigan. He was born in Cardigan in 1749 and educated at WestminsterSchool, joining the school in 1765; he was admitted as a member of Lincoln's Inn later in the same year. He then attended the University of Glasgow in 1766, striking up a friendship with William Windham. Symmons was ordained deacon in 1773 and priest in 1774, and was appointed rector of Narberth in Pembrokeshire in 1778. He also studied at ClareCollege, Cambridge from 1776 to 1786, obtaining a Bachelor of Divinity degree.He was made a prebendary of St David's Cathedral in 1789.

In 1793, Symmons prepared to take his Doctor of Divinity degree at Cambridge, which required him to preach two sermons at the Church of St Mary the Great, Cambridge. His moderate whig views were controversial in the wake of the trial of William Frend. One of his opponents, Thomas Kipling, sent extracts to influential clerics. Symmons protested, but decided to take his degree from the University of Oxford instead. He was incorporated as a member of JesusCollege, Oxford on 29 March 1794 and received his DD two days later. His whiggish views inhibited further advancement in the church, although he was additionally appointed rector of Lampeter Velfrey, an adjoining parish to Narberth, in 1794. He failed to be appointed a prebendary of Westminster Abbey as he wished. He died at Bath on 27 April 1826, survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters.



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