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- William Shakespeare : A Companion Guide to His Life & Achievements
- William Shakespeare The Complete Works
William Shakespeare : A Companion Guide to His Life & Achievements:
This highly illustrated work of reference contains hundreds of images and facts that encapsulate the glory of this amazing man, his life, his works including plays, poetry and sonnets, his language and legacy. William Shakespeare was born April 1564 and died 23 April 1616, four hundred years ago. His works are truly international, with copies of plays and poetry by William Shakespeare exceeding four billion. He is among the most translated authors in history, eclipsed only by the Bible.
Shakespeare penned some of the most celebrated dramas, but also added to the language, inventing an amazing 1,700 new words. His father was a glove maker, leather worker and wool merchant; his mother, Mary Arden, was from a landowning family. Now, some four centuries onward, Shakespeare s writings continue to enthrall and enrapture audiences, to inspire and thrill, not just at Stratford or in London s Globe Theatre but in every corner of the worldwide globe.
William Shakespeare : The Complete Works :
He was not of an age, but for all time! were the prophetic words of Ben Jonson in his dedicatory poem prefacing the 1623 collection of Shakespeare s comedies, histories and tragedies, which is commonly referred to by modern scholars as the First Folio. Today his plays are performed all over the world in almost every language - the sun never sets on the works of Shakespeare. Throughout the English-speaking world the language of Shakespeare has become an integral part of everyday discourse but many of those who use it are probably unaware of its source. In the section entitled Quotations from Shakespeare in Everyday Use. there are a number of examples of phrases and expressions still widely current in the twenty-first century.
In the mid-1850s Howard Staunton - better known as a chess master - obtained a contract from the publisher George Routledge to oversee the preparation of an edition of the complete works of Shakespeare. Over the years the original version has often been reprinted, always with monochrome illustrations. It is therefore with the greatest pleasure that Worth Press is able to present to readers this new edition offering all the illustrations in full colour.