8 thoughts on “Help me find Shakespeare (in paperback)

  1. C.B. James March 19, 2010 / 10:18 am

    I just know there must be several out there and I'm certain you can buy most of them in second hand stores.

    Will you be reading the “new” Shakespeare?


  2. Anna van Gelderen March 19, 2010 / 11:19 am

    At university we read the Signet editions: annoted papaerbacks, with introductions and very affordable. This was in the 1980s, so I am not sure whether they are still around, but I definitely recommend them.


  3. Inkslinger March 19, 2010 / 1:28 pm

    Don't know if this is what you're looking for, but I like the Pelican Shakespeare series which are not exactly uniform in colour but are uniform in design. And Penguin still prints them so they should be easily obtainable.


  4. Book pusher March 19, 2010 / 10:58 pm

    The Arden editions have always been the academic standard but can be a bit heavy with notes they should be available online I know the RSC have an online shop and I would expect them to stock those editions. I loath all those beautifull complete works editions, they look lovely but are unreadable because they are too bulky to actually carry around and read in comfort. Penguin to should have most if not all of the plays. Happy hunting.


  5. ralphlake March 20, 2010 / 1:31 am

    In university we used the Kiitteridge editions. Our professor, Douglas Le Pan was a poet with a strong sense for the reading of a line and felt these to be the best. I don't know how complete they are/were. I had all of the Signets at one time largely because they were cheap and covered every play. And there are the Harold Bloom ones which must be pretty good.


  6. stu March 20, 2010 / 7:35 am

    Before I bought the omnibus editions I got a few of the Dover Thrift ones, so you could try them.


  7. Thomas at My Porch March 20, 2010 / 12:27 pm

    CB: I am unfamiliar with the “new” Shakespeare.

    Anna: Signet is definitely the kind of thing I was thiking of, but for the life of me I couldn't think of that publisher, my mind went blank.

    Inkslinger: Uniform in design will do nicely. I will look into those.

    Book Pusher: I have never heard of Arden. Totally agree about the collections.

    Ralph Lake: If they still have the complete set I think I am leaning towards Signet.

    Stu: Dover Thrift, another good idea. I knew there would be lots of options out there, I just couldn't think of any of the possibilities when I started to look.


  8. claire March 23, 2010 / 11:34 am

    The Folger Shakespeare Library is another option.


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