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by William Shakespeare
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From Library Journal
The three individual plays launch the third edition of the venerable "Arden Shakespeare" series, which will see the entire canon reproduced in superior scholarly editions by the year 2000. The First Folio is a facsimile edition of the original 1623 publication of the bard's works.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Shakespeare's first Roman play rivals GLADIATOR in gore. It features a steady parade of violence, revenge, rape, mutilation, and even cannibalism. The tragedy of two feuding families may be best enjoyed as an action-packed melodrama, which is how director Clive Brill smartly interprets it. This wonderful performance ranks with the best recorded Shakespeare. Thrilling organ chords underscore moments of tension and nicely supplement the atmospheric music by Dominique Le Gendre. The entire cast performs their larger-than-life roles with a grandness that never becomes hammy. Their sharp diction is also a continual pleasure. The villains are the most fun, especially Harriet Walter, whose Tamara is deliciously guileful. G.H. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
Julie Taymor, Director TITUS, 20th Century Fox, 1999
'a great edition of a great play'
`sound and often admirable piece of scholarship. It deals judiciously with the problems of text, authorship and sources, and with the business of clearly and concisely annotating the text' Emrys Jones, Literary Review
'Stanley Wells' OUP Complete Works of Shakespeare is now eight years old and has spawned a new Oxford Shakespeare which appears now in splendidly affordable volumes in that nonpareil of libraries of good reading The World's Classics.' The Oxford Times
'...impressive and exciting...'
The introduction reviews the few known facts about this early Shakespeare play and discusses the puzzling problems of its date and authorship. The text has been freshly edited with the aim of presenting the play as revised for the first recorded performance in 1594, with the addition of stage
business from the prompt-copy from which the Folio edition derives.
About the Author
Eugene M. Waith is Professor Emeritus at the Department of English, Yale University.
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