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The New Cambridge Shakespeare presents critical editions in modern-spelling of Shakespeare's individual plays, of his Sonnets, and of his narrative poems.

The page layout is stylish and spacious with generous margins, and the volumes are keenly priced and a pleasure to handle.

The series has won a high reputation for its lively new emphases, which are consistently supported by the state-of-the art scholarship and judicious critical insight displayed by its distinguished international cast of editors.

The aim of the series is to provide lively instructive access to these rich and complex works without over-simplifying them. For this task editors are chosen to combine scholarship and critical intelligence with proven communicative skills as expert teachers; their brief is to write with clarity, and freedom from jargon, in all areas - even the technical questions of textual editing, instead of being as usual shrouded in obfuscation, are here introduced in plain terms so that their interest and importance can be seen by the non-expert.

The chief innovative feature of this series is attention to the plays as theatre-works, to their full theatrical language as it appeals to the visual and aural senses of spectators, in addition to its appeal to the imagination of readers. The Introductions give specific attention to stage history, with lively photographs and line-drawings; and awareness of performance values is an integral part of their approach.

Each page of play-text carries a commentary at its foot where significant features are noted, not only to aid comprehension but also to quicken awareness of staging and stage-action; and in the text itself stage directions are given scrupulous attention, providing a practically performable version of the text in Elizabethan stage conditions, and identifying the essentials for anyone wishing to turn the text into performance.

Alongside standard volumes in the New Cambridge Shakespeare, editions of selected quartos are now published in critical, modern-spelling form, complete with collations, textual notes and substantial introductions. For information on these, go to The New Cambridge Shakespeare Quartos.


Brian Gibbons (General Series Editor) and
A R Braunmuller (Associate General Editor)
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