The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

by William Shakespeare

Hardcover(Bonded Leather)

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Hamlet. Romeo and Juliet. Henry V. Macbeth. A Midsummer Night's Dream. King Lear. Lovers of literature will immediately recognize these as signature works of William Shakespeare, whose plays still rank as the greatest dramas ever produced in the English language, four centuries after they were written. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare collects all 37 of the immortal Bard's comedies, tragedies, and historical plays in a collectible edition. This volume also features Shakespeare's complete poetry, including the sonnets. With this beautiful edition, you can enjoy Shakespeare's enduring literary legacy again and again.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare is one of Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world's greatest authors in an exquisitely designed bonded-leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging and a ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensable cornerstone for every home library.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435154476
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 10/19/2015
Series: Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions Series
Edition description: Bonded Leather
Pages: 1280
Sales rank: 1,482
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.60(d)

About the Author

Widely esteemed as the greatest writer in the English language, William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an actor and theatrical producer in addition to writing plays and sonnets. Dubbed "The Bard of Avon," Shakespeare oversaw the building of the Globe Theatre in London, where a number of his plays were staged, the best-known of which include Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth. The First Folio, a printed book of 36 of his comedies, tragedies, and history plays, was published in 1623.

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Place of Birth:

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Place of Death:

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 184 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This complete works of William Shakespeare are for people who do not feel the need/want footnotes that explain parts of the plays in detail like those that are available in books that contain only one of his plays such as the Folger edition for example. Despite of this, for the true Shakespearen fan this book is great because every time a character's name appears in the plays their names are written in full. This is unlike some complete works of Shakespeare that introduces the characters but then shorthands their name at a beginning of a character's line. The typing is easy to read and beautiful. It's also a beautiful hardcover that any book lover would be proud to display on his/her bookshelf. Plus, it comes with it's own golden bookmark attached to the book so you can keep your place. A great book to read from cover to cover if your a Shakespeare fan whether this is your first time through some of his plays or the third or fourth time.
Jafu_the_Reader More than 1 year ago
First: I am, foremost, an aficionado of Shakespeare. In this review, I am not here to critique his plays; I am giving a brief piece of insight into the make and build of this edition. If you want a critique of all individual plays, I'd suggest reading the introductions of individual editions at your local library. The Outside: There is one word for the looks of this edition- beautiful. Masterful design went into making this volume look authentic and captivating, emphasizing the beauty of Shakespeare. However, it does emphasize a sort of old, valuable, "this is too good to touch" feeling, but such a comment is pure squabble. It makes a great aesthetic contribution to your library. Indeed, at times it seems the edition was meant to be more for looks than reading. The Inside: Here, the edition begins to fail- slightly. Although the typeface is crisp and eminently readable, the text is rather small. Second, there are absolutely no line numbers of any sort- no way for quick reference to any sort of allusion in another work. Lastly, the paper is of that thin, cheap quality, such as what you find in your average Bible- not a cellophane texture, but close. Lastly, there are NO FOOTNOTES TO EXPLAIN ARCHAIC LANGUAGES/ OBSCURE REFERENCES. Unless you are familiar with literature and history to a small extent, try getting a more scholarly edition. However, this is made better by what this edition does right, largely by eliminating one of my enormous pet peeves. ALL CHARACTER HEADINGS ARE PRESENTED IN FULL- NOT ABBREVIATED! For many adherents of "Bardology," such shorthand is irritating to no end, and to see it not presented at all here is an enormous relief. Secondly, at the beginning of scenes, the setting is listed- this helps for readibility, staging, etc., and is relegated to footnotes in many editions (Pelican Shakespeare) or not present at all (Folger). Build: The build quality here is so-so. When I first tried to read it, I noticed the gilding gave many pages the tendency to stick together, forcing me to go through each individual page to pull them apart. Also, any scratch or abrasion could cause the gilding to be scraped off the pages- although if you keep good care of your books (and not accidentally drop it, as I did) you should be fine with that issue. Lastly, for whatever odd reason, even if I have no idea if this is prevalent in any other copy, the page presenting a profile of Shakespeare began to tear away from the binding. It was easily fixed, but is still important to mention. Explanation: So why do I give this edition four stars? Why not three? Although the edition is average in quality, and seems it wins over many other "Complete Works" in the most important area: price. This edition is a cheap, thrifty twenty dollars, all for an edition that looks like it should cost one hundred. Although you can get better editions out on the market, they can run you upwards of $65 (!). For a perfectly readable, outwardly gorgeous edition, the price-to-quality ratio more than makes up for the extra star.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I could only have only one Shakespeare edition to take to a desert island, this would be the one! This is simply the most beuatiful one-volume compilation of Shakespeare available. It's all here: all 37 plays in chronological order, all the sonnets and non-dramatic poems (as well as the tributes by Ben Johnson and other Shakespeare contemporaries in the front). The vintage typeset/lettering is so elegant and classic looking--it looks definative in a way that no other modern printing matches. Locations of scenes are helpfully listed below each act and scene heading (I wish more editions still did this). And, of course, the leather binding and gold leaf edges are a real treat. This is not the edition for people who want a lot of footnotes, but so what? (that would be like putting ketchup on a prime aged steak). I can't recommend this edition enough, and I hope it never goes out of print!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's such a beautiful book that Barne's and Noble should move the decimal of the price to the right one space. Sometimes when you purchase Shakespeare's seperate stories they cut some of the lines out. This book has every line and scene. Definately worth buying.
Mr-Scolex More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by saying that the Barnes & Noble Leatherbound classics series is a magnificent collection of Books that will last for generations, and this book is no different. The cover of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare" is absolutely gorgeous and appealing to the eyes. The Leather looks very nice and is durable, and will make an excellent addition to anyone's bookshelf. The reason I give it four stars instead of five however, is when you get inside to the actual content. The first thing you'll notice about this complete edition of the Bard's works, is that it's not really complete. This is because it's missing "The Two Noble Kinsmen." This isn't a huge deal, but I was kind of disappointed finding this out. Nevertheless, this book still includes all of the other plays that Shakespeare did, including his complete poetry, which is a very nice touch. The second problem I have deals with the pages. The pages themselves look great from the outside because they're covered with gold leaf, although the inside is another matter. I had to go through every single page of this book to pull them apart because the majority of them were stuck together, which was a nuisance to say the least. But my biggest problem with this book is the fact that in many, many pages, the text is either faded or cut off. This was very upsetting to me just because I feel that it diminishes the value of this edition in my opinion. Still, it's definitely not a major ordeal. In conclusion, this is still the best edition of Shakespaeare's works that you can get. Despite its flaws, I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very nice book for a family or personal library... classic literature to admire and use!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many compilations of Shakespeare's works are available, some ranging to well over $100, yet I have found none that are as well assembled, readable, displayable, and purely economical as the Barnes and Noble copy listed here. It is an indespensible addition to your library, and just think, you'll never have to purchase another Shakespeare book...
wonder5 More than 1 year ago
William Shakespeare is of course an amazing read. And the book is absolutely beautiful. However I was disappointed in the small print. I was expecting the print to be larger and more easily readable, "This 1994 edition published by Barnes & Noble, Inc." It's legible, but dose hurt my eyes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A single volume containing all of William Shakespeare's works is a wonder by itself. With Professor Peter Alexander's skillful editing and wonderful understanding of Shakespeare, the works gain improved readability. His chronological layout removes the traditional categories of histories, tragedies, and comedies. To fully enjoy the book, one must read it from the beginning¿focusing on each work and its progressive complexity. The beautiful binding makes this book suitable for any room in the house. I leave mine open on my desk for daily reading.
TYM More than 1 year ago
I purchased this for my grandson for Christmas. He felt he received something wonderful, and I know he will add it to his collection of books. He enjoyed having all of Shakespeare in one volume. An excellent bargain for the price and a quality volume!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this complete works because I am an actor who frequently reads Shakespeare. While it looks nice, it lacks some functionality. There are no line numbers, as there usually are in many other complete works. There are also no footnotes, which does not help when trying to interpret troublesome lines. Finally, there are weird line breaks (these breaks have nothing to do with the iambic pentameter). All in all, it is good for someone who just wants to read the plays. If you need line numbers/footnotes for acting help and references, it is horrible. The Arden complete works is better suited,
Taz4591 More than 1 year ago
What the reviews I have read fail to mension is that this collection incluedes first editions of many-if not all- of Shakespeare's plays. The type-face is quite small for the first few pages (being that they are from a newspaper), but is not cheap. The only pittfall I have seen is that the sticker on the front cover is trying to come off. Its not the Folio Society, but its not cheap looking either. I have displayed this book next to a one hundred doller editon of David Coperfield and I can't tell which looks more expensive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recently I have become fond of the works of Shakespeare, so I decided to purchase his complete works. Although the font is a bit small and looks a bit cheap, it is a great deal. I just enjoy his work, I wasn't looking for a book with footnotes, a commentary, and line numbers, I just wanted his works...period. Thats what I got as well. The book is a bit large for a nice read at the beach or poolside, but it would suite for reading by the fire on a nice comfy chair. The outside is very aesthetically appealing, and it makes a great addition to your library. All in all, if you are just a casual reader that enjoys the works of Shakespear I do recommend this book, the price is right! :)
ZebraStripe More than 1 year ago
I'm a lover of William Shakespeare, so upon finding an edition including all of his works, I had to have it. All of his plays are thrilling and his poems are masterfully composed. With all his works, one doesn't have to buy his plays individually. I recommend this to any Shakespeare-lover, or anyone who is interested in him. (This book does not include footnotes, so if one is not used to his writing, it might be challenging.)
Jayqualitee More than 1 year ago
This Complete Works of Shakespeare is magnificent. It includes all of the poems: Phoenix and the Turtle. Venus and Adonis, Lucrece, The Passionate Pilgrim, A lover's complaint and the sonnets. The poems are very hard to find anywhere much less in a complete works (which rarely gets it right anyway). But this version is the best of the Complete Works of Shakespeare you could get. However, on the note of "Complete Works'" rarely getting it right, this one is guilty of the same sin unfortunately. This version of "The Complete Works of Shakespeare" very unfortunately omits "The Two Noble Kinsmen". Not to complain, because this version is still the best "Complete Works". But I guess that it technically doesn't live up to its name in that the works are not complete. Many would argue that this is because John Fletcher wrote half of "The Two Noble Kinsmen" but Shakespeare did write half nonetheless so "Kinsmen" should be included i his complete works. other than that small complaint, this version is flawless and it smells really good :)
sherrylynn More than 1 year ago
After having purchased my own copy of the book, I purchased this particular one for my sister. It has a gorgeous cover that looks quite nice on the coffee table. Although I don't have as much time as I would like to read since I am a student, the ribbon inside the book makes it easy to just pick up and continue where I left off.
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cagebox More than 1 year ago
As with any single book trying to combine all of Shakespeare into one edition there is going to be small print and the book is going to be clunky. However, this book is beautiful and contains everything you could ever want. A great definitive edition of Shakespeare's work.
rgreer77 More than 1 year ago
Barnes and Noble, please stop putting new covers on the leatherbound classics that you have already released. It is a waste since there are so many other books you could release in this form. Here are some titles I would love to see. The Brothers Karamazov The Lord of the Rings The Hobbit Middlemarch 1984 and Animal Farm The Chronicles of Prydain
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm really happy that I found a book that actually contains all the works of Shakespeare! To anyone aspiring to be a thespian, I recommend getting this book immediately and start reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is stunning, of course, and is amazing for just $9, but i was sorely disappointed when i went to look for absolutely favorite line of Romeo and Juliet to see that the Scene 6 of Act II was MISSING. Upon further inspection, I came to realize that the numbering of the scenes in Act II are wrong. Scene one is all of scene one as well as scene two, which them throws the whole numbering off balance for the entire act. All of the words are still there, but this flaw is really bothering me. I'm sure it will bother other true Shakespeare lovers as well. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth every dollar! bought it as a xmas gift, and needless to say it was a hit. perfect for any collector or book lover, it's so regal and beautiful the cover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This line of B & N Collectible Editions is beautiful. My daughter collects them, and this is a Christmas gift, so I can't review the content for you. The cover and gold edged pages make these books extra special, and a great value, too.
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DiverTx More than 1 year ago
A true classic! You can't beat it. Still very relevant today.