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Best edition of Shakespeare?

I am an english major trying to start a collection of my favorite Shakespeare plays. I want to get each play individually, not in one big book. Can anyone recommend a series which is well annoted? So far the three editions that I am considering are Folger, Arden, or Oxford. If anyone has any advice or experience about which edition is best, I would greatly appreciate it.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It really depends on what you're looking for. As far as the plays' actual text goes, either the Oxford or the Arden. The main difference is in the supplementary materials.

    I recommend the Arden if you are really into textual analysis, cross-referencing within and between plays, etymology and heavy-duty study. It also has massive introductory essays, etc. I consider this more of a reference edition as the amount of notes take over sometimes 2/3 of the page and make the play not very readable.

    I recommend the Oxford if you are looking for more thematic and historical notes that will help you better understand the words and perhaps outdated social cues in the text.

    The Folger is okay, but I think it is geared more to the average high school student. Each set of facing pages has a page of notes on one side and the text on the other. This edition includes scene synopses at the beginning of each scene, thorough (sometimes "duh!") notes and sometimes illustrations to better explain the note. On the whole, I do not think the Folger text is as reliable as the Arden or Oxford, but probably not irreliable enough to make a huge difference to most readers. The Folger editions are mass market paperbacks which make them cheap, but not very sturdy. You may pay almost twice as much per play, but the Arden and Oxfords will hold up three times as long.

    My first go-to is the Norton Shakespeare, which is all of the Oxford editions (with supplements) in one collection. When I have deeper questions, then I go to an Arden. I'll use the Folger in a pinch.

    Good Luck.

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  • jason
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    4 years ago

    Best Shakespeare Editions

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    I am an english major trying to start a collection of my favorite Shakespeare plays. I want to get each play individually, not in one big book. Can anyone recommend a series which is well annoted? So far the three editions that I am considering are Folger, Arden, or Oxford. If anyone has any advice...

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  • 1 decade ago

    I vote for the Oxford series edited by Stanley Wells, with Gary Taylor, John Jowett, and William Montgomery.

    Wells was one of my professors at the Shakespeare Institute & Bill Montgomery was one of my peers.

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  • 6 years ago

    The Royal shakespeare company has an edition that has become my favorite, you should check it out, scene by scene analysis, performance history, great notes, portable, ect. The Best Edition i have found yet

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  • Wanda
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    4 years ago

    edition shakespeare

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i love shakespear he is an awsome writer plus has made great poems and plays theres a whole seris of king richred books by shakespear iv never read them iv read romeo and juliet which was my all time favorit. aeschylus is a series iv read them they are awsome my point of view also Persians

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    Suppliant Maidens

    Agamemnon

    Libation Bearers

    Eumenides

    Prometheus Bound

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    Philoctetes

    Euripides --

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    Medea

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    Hecuba

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    Heracles

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    Ion

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    Helen

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    Iphigenia at Aulis

    Orestes

    Cyclops

    Herodotus --

    History

    Thucydides --

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    Hippocrates --

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    Ancient Medicine

    Airs, Waters, and Places

    Prognostics

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    Injuries of the Head

    Surgery

    Fractures

    Articulations

    Instruments of Reduction

    Aphorisms

    Law

    Ulcers

    Fistulae

    Hemorrhoids

    Sacred Disease

    Aristophanes --

    Acharnians

    Knights

    Clouds

    Wasps

    Peace

    Birds

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    Ecclesiazusae

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    Plato --

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    oh and there are two other books there called dreams, and sleep and sleepness those are really good books im on my daughters account but im 32 and iv read most of them still trying toi finish most books. good luck my friend hope this helps.i remeber how it was trust me but in college i passed every class so goodluck. my opinion folger and arden are really good like i said still working on finishing serise

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  • NNY
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    i love the riverside, it does have all the plays in it, and it is annoted it is big, but the notes are very good. i used it in my shakespear class.

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  • 1 decade ago

    This makes two votes for Riverside!

    Source(s): Writer/English degree/English teacher www.cdawnmccallum.com
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  • 1 decade ago

    oxford!

    my fave english teacher taught from this

    i have this version

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