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The Oxford Shakespeare

The Complete Works

Second Edition

Edited by Stanley Wells, Gary Taylor, John Jowett, and William Montgomery

Publication Date - 01 August 2005

ISBN: 9780199267170

1420 pages
7 x 9-1/2 inches

In Stock

Compiled by the world's leading authorities, a new edition of "the most interesting edition of Shakespeare since the First Folio" (The Sunday Times)


Hailed by The Washington Post as "a definitive synthesis of the best editions" and by The Times of London as "a monument to Shakespearean scholarship," The Oxford Shakespeare is the ultimate anthology of the Bard's work: the most authoritative edition of the plays and poems ever published.

Now, almost two decades after the original volume, Oxford is proud to announce a thoroughly updated second edition, including for the first time the texts of The Reign of Edward III and Sir Thomas More, recognizing these two plays officially as authentic works by Shakespeare. This beautiful collection is the product of years of full-time research by a team of British and American scholars and represents the most thorough examination ever undertaken of the nature and authority of Shakespeare's work. The editors reconsidered every detail of the text in the light of modern scholarship and they thoroughly re-examined the earliest printed versions of the plays, firmly establishing the canon and chronological order of composition. All stage directions have been reconsidered in light of original staging, and many new directions for essential action have been added. This superb volume also features a brief introduction to each work as well as an illuminating General Introduction. Finally, the editors have added a wealth of secondary material, including an essay on language, a list of contemporary allusions to Shakespeare, an index of Shakespearean characters, a glossary, a consolidated bibliography, and an index of first lines of the Sonnets.

Compiled by the world's leading authorities, packed with information, and attractively designed, The Oxford Shakespeare is the gold standard of Shakespearean anthologies.

New to this Edition

  • Addition of Edward III and full text of Sir Thomas More
  • Essay on Shakespeare's language by David Crystal
  • Bibliography of foundational works
  • Amendment of the contents list to give the approximate date of each play in brackets


  • The Oxford Complete Works is a classic--edited by the world's finest Shakespeare scholars, it presents the plays as they were acted by Shakespeare's company.
  • This new edition reflects the very latest scholarship, by including two works newly attributed to the Canon, Edward III and the full text of Sir Thomas More
  • Includes a new essay by David Crystal, on Shakespeare's language

About the Author(s)

Stanley Wells is Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Birmingham, the Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and Vice-Chairman of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Gary Taylor is Professor in the English Department at the University of Alabama. John Jowett is Associate General Editor of the Oxford Collected Works of Thomas Middleton and co-author of Shakespeare Reshaped 1606-23. William Montgomery works for the Guardian newspaper.


"State-of-the-art scholarship...has come to stand as the edition of record of Shakespeare's poems and plays."--San Diego Union-Tribune

"Includes stage directions, introductions, and a trove of other scholarly goodies. A beauty."--Library Journal (starred review)

Table of Contents

    Contemporary Allusions to Shakespeare
    Commendatory Poems and Prefaces (1599-1640)
    1. The Two Gentlemen of Verona
    2. The Taming of the Shrew
    3. The First Part of the Contention of the Two Famous Houses of York and Lancaster (2 Henry VI)
    4. The True Tragedy of Richard Duke of York and the Good King Henry the Sixth (3 Henry VI)
    5. The First Part of Henry the Sixth
    6. The Most Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus
    7. The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
    8. Venus and Adonis
    9. The Rape of Lucrece
    10. The Reign of King Edward the Third
    11. The Comedy of Errors
    12. Love's Labour's Lost
    13. Love's Labour's Won: A Brief Account
    14. The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
    15. The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
    16. A Midsummer Night's Dream
    17. The Life and Death of King John
    18. The Comical History of The Merchant of Venice, or Otherwise Called the Jew of Venice
    19. The History of Henry the Fourth (1 Henry IV)
    20. The Merry Wives of Windsor
    21. The Second Part of Henry the Fourth (2 Henry IV)
    22. Much Ado About Nothing
    23. The Life of Henry the Fifth
    24. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
    25. As You Like It
    26. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
    27. Twelfth Night, or What You Will
    28. Troilus and Cressida
    29. Sonnets and 'A Lover's Complaint'
    30. Various Poems
    31. Sir Thomas More
    32. Measure for Measure
    33. The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice
    34. The Life of Timon of Athens
    35. The History of King Lear: The Quarto Text
    36. The Tragedy of Macbeth
    37. The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra
    38. All's Well That Ends Well
    39. Pericles, Prince of Tyre: A Reconstructed Text
    40. The Tragedy of Coriolanus
    41. The Winter's Tale
    42. The Tragedy of King Lear: The Folio Text
    43. Cymbeline, King of Britain
    44. The Tempest
    45. Cardenio: A Brief Account
    46. All Is True (Henry VIII)
    47. The Two Noble Kinsmen
    Select Glossary