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What are the best physical editions I can get of Shakespeare's plays? Complete editions or individual books? I'm interested in getting one with the original text or as close as possible, without excessive extra commentary or comparative text in modern English.
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letterpress shakespeare :)
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>>7687578
I've preordered the C011ectd W3rkz.
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>>7687582
Just looked this up and it's saying £295 for EACH play. That can't be right, can it? Surely it's 295 for the whole set.
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>>7687582
yeah, I'm thinking paperbacks, though.
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>>7687602
they're super luxury/premium items. you're reading it right.

they're probably the best physical books you can buy with money. whether or not that's "worth it" to you is another matter.
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>>7687578
The original text? Why?
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>>7687618
What would you recommend in the paperback cost-range, then?
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Oxford editions are what you are looking for.

If you're looking for seriously academic editions, go for Arden, though some people get turned off by the amount of notes, but I personally prefer them over other editions.

As for Complete Works vs Individual Editions, CW tend to be more general with the annotations and only point out difficult passages and words. Agains, Arden or Oxford are bretty good, as well as Norton. I prefer individual works because they are more thorough, but it's also more expensive in the long run.
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>>7687625
I prefer it, can't see the point in reading it in a modern version, takes away much of it.
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>>7687626
if you want individual paperbacks without too much notes you should probably skip the arden and norton (which are excellent in their own right), and perhaps look into something like the cambridge or oxford shakespeares. notes are still on the heavy side since most paperbacks tend to be targeted for students.

for a budget option that actually might fit better since there's less "excess" material, you could consider the folger shakespeare paperbacks
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>>7687634
oh to add all the editions i mentioned here >>7687637 have spelling modernized to varying degrees. idk how "original" you want it, but if you want an exact replica of the original first folio or something it might be difficult to find.
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>>7687629
>>7687637
Thanks, I was leaning for Oxford at first, yeah. I'm not bothered by the notes, so long as the text is there, plus Oxford does make good quality paperback and I wasn't keen on getting a complete edition but individual plays.
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>>7687578
>not posting the genuine article
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>>7687618
>they're probably the best physical books you can buy with money
Why? Do they have additional 500 pages of analyses?
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>>7687641
something like the "original text" you see here, as opposed to the "modern text":
http://nfs.sparknotes.com/romeojuliet/page_84.html
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>>7687651
the most quality/enduring/expensive manufacturing and materials are used for them. they come in two books - one is just the play, with no notes or commentary or other distractions from the text, and a much heftier second volume that contains decent quality academia commentary and notes and supplementary material
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>>7687634
Looks like there is an out of print CW original spelling version. 200 or so clamshells for a used copy
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>>7687656
oh then you're fine. every respectable editions will be "original" text, the modern text on the sparks note is just a paraphrase. i thought you meant you wanted something like

To be, or not to be, that is the Question:
Whether 'tis Nobler in the minde to suffer
The Slings and Arrowes of outragious Fortune,
Or to take Armes against a Sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them: to dye, to sleepe
No more; and by a sleepe, to say we end
The Heart-ake, and the thousand Naturall shockes
That Flesh is heyre too? 'Tis a consummation
Deuoutly to be wish'd. To dye to sleepe,
To sleepe, perchance to Dreame; I, there's the rub,
For in that sleepe of death, what dreames may come,
When we haue shufflel'd off this mortall coile,
Must giue vs pawse.
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>>7687665
Thanks, it wasn't the spelling that I was very concerned about, but since I'll have to order them online I was worried something like that paraphrasing would arrive, or double-text edition.
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>>7687626
Arden for study.
Penguin for performance.
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>>7687629
I second this, I have the Oxford complete works and enjoy it. I'm actually reading Macbeth right now.

Some caveats are that they modernize and standardize spelling and that it is humongous. I also heard the earlier version is much better than the most recent (or maybe the other way around, do your research). They seem to be meticulous about getting the original version and have some short introductory material that may be helpful.

What do you mean by the original text? As in same spelling or not being edited by a early or modern editor?
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>>7687578
DVD-R's.
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>>7687685
Also watching the plays is fun. I like the BBC series, I had my brother rip it from the bay of pirates. They don't mess with the text like other renditions and subtitle it too. They have around thirty of them.

By the way the Oxford contains the sonnets too.
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>>7687699
i believe all major publishers have a book of the sonnets?
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>>7687578
>This portrait always makes me laugh because it's so evident that it was painted by Jonathan Richardson, and later claimed as being produced during Shakespeare's life. How quickly rumours proliferate among the English!

Because the images of Shakespeare are either doubtful in provenance or lacking expression, no one image seems to reconcile well with readers' imaginations. The relatively dusky features have caused repeated comment. George Steevens said that the picture gave Shakespeare "the complexion of a Jew, or rather that of a chimney sweeper in the jaundice".

According to Ben Macintyre, "Some Victorians recoiled at the idea that the Chandos portrait represented Shakespeare. One critic, J. Hain Friswell, insisted 'one cannot readily imagine our essentially English Shakespeare to have been a dark, heavy man, with a foreign expression'."

Friswell agreed with Steevens that the portrait had "a decidedly Jewish physiognomy" adding that it displayed "a somewhat lubricious mouth, red-edged eyes" and "wanton lips, with a coarse expression."

According to Ernest Jones, the portrait convinced Sigmund Freud that Shakespeare was French; "He insisted that his countenance could not be that of an Anglo-Saxon but must be French, and he suggested that the name was a corruption of Jacques Pierre."

The Iraqi writer Safa Khulusi argued that its "un-English" look and "Islamic beard" was evidence for his theory that Shakespeare was an Arab.
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Norton's Shakespeare is pretty good.
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