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  1. A Midsummer Night's Dream

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by John Ford
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    "This edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream is wonderfully lucid and thoughtful, offering supporting material that will appeal to readers from high school students to scholars. The introduction is especially thoughtful, offering, in addition to expected discussions of love, magic and imagination, an exploration of the theatrical history. The bibliography and filmography are both detailed and helpful, and the questions guide students to consider the play from many viewpoints without ever forcing an interpretation onto them."
         —Annalisa Castaldo, Widener University

  2. All's Well That Ends Well

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Kathleen Kalpin Smith
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    All's Well That Ends Well

    "Adding entirely new annotations to the text, providing a lucid overview of the play's production history, concluding with an instructive essay on a theatrical understanding of reading plays, and illustrated with suggestive film stills throughout, Kathleen Kalpin Smith's All's Well that Ends Well is a welcome edition to the New Kittredge Shakespeare series, richly setting the play in the context of stage and screen performance."
         —W. B. Worthen, Barnard College, Columbia University

  3. Antony and Cleopatra

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Sarah Hatchuel
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    Antony and Cleopatra

    "The New Kittredge Series is both a delight and a steal. Kittredge's textual authority, updated by eminent scholars sensitive to classroom needs and alert to staging choices, is once again available in these slim, elegant, inexpensive, user-friendly volumes. With lucid notes and incisive introductions geared especially to popular film versions, the series also offers an overview of both stage and film performances of each play. A must for any Shakespeare class."
         —Laury Magnus

  4. As You Like It

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Patricia Lennox
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    As You Like It

    "Now, in the twenty-first century, Patricia Lennox broadens that understanding in her excellent edition of As You Like It where she draws on her knowledge of international film and television. She offers new meaning for modern readers who, while they savor Shakespeare’s language also understand visual signals from contemporary media."
         —Irene G. Dash, Hunter College, CUNY, retired

  5. Coriolanus

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Jeffrey Kahan
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    Coriolanus

    "Professor Jeffrey Kahan's expertise in the history of Shakespearean acting complements Kittredge's lucid [introduction and text] to create an edition of Coriolanus that centers modern readers in the play’s performance. Kahan's introduction to the edition both recounts historical performances and carefully details recent directorial choices—choices that reappear in the course of his footnotes providing acting choices for key scenes. These notes, together with photographs of compelling performances, fix the reader's imagination firmly in the midst of Shakespeare’s chilling theatrical portrayal of Republican Rome. This highly accessible edition will prove invaluable for actors, students, and lovers of Shakespeare."
         —Cyndia Clegg, Pepperdine University

  6. Cymbeline

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Hannah C. Wojciehowski
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    Cymbeline

    "The New Kittredge series is both a delight and a steal. Kittredge's textual authority, updated by eminent scholars sensitive to classroom needs and alert to staging choices, is once again available in these slim, elegant, inexpensive, user-friendly volumes. With lucid notes and incisive introductions geared especially to popular film versions, the series also offers an overview of both stage and film performances of each play. A must for any Shakespeare class."
         —Laury Magnus, Contributing Editor, New Kittredge Shakespeare and Hamletworks.org

  7. Hamlet

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Bernice W. Kliman and James H. Lake
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    Hamlet

    "Shakespeare scholars Bernice W. Kliman and James H. Lake have carried out the important task of not only bringing up to date the text of Hamlet as edited in the last century by the celebrated Shakespearean George Lyman Kittredge but also retaining its significant features. The editors' discerning analyses of performances by Mel Gibson, Kenneth Branah, Michael Almereyda, and Simon Russell Beale drive home the point that Hamlet today remains alive but restless and unpredictable. It exemplifies Ben Johnson's Shakespeare, who '. . . was not of an age, but for all time!'"
         —Kenneth Sprague Rothwell, (1921-2010), was Professor Emeritus, University of Vermont

  8. Julius Caesar

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Sarah Hatchuel
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    Julius Caesar

    "The New Kittredge Series is both a delight and a steal. Kittredge's textual authority, updated by eminent scholars sensitive to classroom needs and alert to staging choices, is once again available in these slim, elegant, inexpensive, user-friendly volumes. With lucid notes and incisive introductions geared especially to popular film versions, the series also offers an overview of both stage and film performances of each play. A must for any Shakespeare class."
         —Laury Magnus

  9. King Henry the Sixth: Parts I, II, and III

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Annalisa Castaldo
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    King Henry the Sixth: Parts I, II, and III

    George Lyman Kittredge's insightful editions of Shakespeare have endured in part because of his eclecticism, his diversity of interests, and his wide-ranging accomplishments—all of which are reflected in the valuable notes in each volume. The plays in the New Kittredge Shakespeare series retain the original Kittredge notes and introductions, changed or augmented only when some modernization seems necessary. These new editions also include introductory essays by contemporary editors, notes on the plays as they have been performed on stage and film, and additional student materials.

  10. King John & Henry VIII

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by James H. Lake, Courtney Lehmann, and Jane Wells
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    King John & Henry VIII

    "This is a terrific edition that really brings King John and Henry VIII to life. Consistently inviting student participation, the edition makes the plays wonderfully accessible, through explanations of the language, descriptions of context, topic guides, plot outlines, illustrations, and genealogies. A particular strength is the emphasis on performance. Thanks to the insightful histories provided, King John and Henry VIII are richly illuminated as stage and screen creations, allowing for genuinely imaginative engagement with these most fascinating Shakespearean dramas."
         —Ramona Wray, Reader in English at Queen's University, Belfast

  11. King Lear

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Kenneth S. Rothwell
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    King Lear

    "By adding comments on recorded performances to Kittredge's notes . . . [which] were fun and helpful to my early study of Shakespeare . . . Kenneth Sprague Rothwell gives students and researchers the means to explore how performance can elucidate 'the script' of King Lear."
         —Harry Keyishian, Fairleigh Dickinson University

  12. King Richard II

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Thomas A. Pendleton
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    King Richard II

    "An extraordinary artistic achievement, Richard II remains one of Shakespeare's most satisfyingly ambiguous plays and expertly-penned exercises in shifting audience sympathies. Pendleton's even-handed introduction and judicious supplements to Kittredge's annotations lay out the play's issues in a way that make its delightful poignancy even more available to readers. Especially useful are Pendleton’s extensive in-text performance notes, which recount how film versions deal with the challenges and possibilities the play presents."
         —James Wells, Muskingum University

  13. King Richard the Third

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Jacquelyn Kilpatrick
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    King Richard the Third

    "In this splendid edition, Jacquelyn Kilpatrick gives us a comprehensive primer on Shakespeare's performance craft and an ideal text for teaching Richard III, particularly to students new to Shakespeare. Her introductory materials make a century of scholarship and filmmaking both accessible to the newcomer and illuminating for the experienced student or performer. Her keen understanding of the original performance circumstances of Shakespeare's plays and insightful accounts of salient stage and film productions work together to open up the rich array of possibilities and choices in performance, both then and now."
         —Catherine S. Burriss, California State University, Channel Islands

  14. Love's Labour's Lost

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Jill P. Ingram
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    Love's Labour's Lost

    "This student-friendly edition of a difficult play includes a clear, helpful introduction and notes elucidating the complicated imagery and wordplay. Notes and illustrations refer the reader to various staging options enabling him or her to imagine Love’s Labour’s Lost in performance."
         —Katharine E. Maus, James Branch Cabell Professor of English Literature, University of Virginia

  15. Macbeth

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Annalisa Castaldo
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    Macbeth

    "Seventy years after their publication, George Lyman Kittredge's editions of Shakespeare remain exceptional for the combination of learning, acuity, wit, and clarity he brings to his notes on the plays. Annalisa Castaldo makes Kittredge's Macbeth even more useful for modern readers by skillfully streamlining Kittredge's annotations and adding helpful analyses of the play and its film productions. There is no better edition of Shakespeare for students, beginning or advanced."
         —Dr. James Wells

  16. Measure for Measure

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Bernice W. Kliman and Laury Magnus
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    Measure for Measure

    "This most problematic of Shakespeare's plays, a comedy filled with dark corners, has been beautifully presented by Laury Magnus and the late Bernice Kliman. Scholars will admire their editorial skill while students will benefit greatly from their ample notes, useful timeline of the play's plot, and cogent performance history. As the editors explain, the fiercely interlocked themes of the play—sex, money, justice, and religion—make this play a measure not only of Shakespeare's time but of our own."
         —Anthony DiMatteo, New York Institute of Technology

  17. Much Ado About Nothing

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Peter Kanelos
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    Much Ado About Nothing

    "Kittredge's admirably full notes, supplemented by Peter Kanelos's user-friendly introduction and references to film and television versions of the play, add up to a very accessible edition. I particularly liked the discussion of 'How to read Much Ado as performance,' which opens up a lot of possibilities for the student and teacher."
         —Lois Potter, Ned B. Allen Professor Emeritus, University of Delaware

  18. Othello, The Moor of Venice

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Gretchen Schulz
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    Othello, The Moor of Venice

    "This is an edition of Othello whose conversational introduction and unobtrusive but thorough notes will make the first-time visitor to the text an expert on the play. By keeping her own focus on the issue of performanceincluding her nuanced descriptions of the major filmseditor Gretchen Schulz not only helps readers see Othello in the theatre of the imagination, she helps them to direct it as well."
         —Ralph Alan Cohen, American Shakespeare Center, Co-founder and Director of Mission; Gonder Professor of Shakespeare, Mary Baldwin College

  19. Pericles, Prince of Tyre

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Jeffrey Kahan
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    Pericles, Prince of Tyre

    "Kahan has presented the performance and printing issues with directness and clarity, leaving many technical details that might discourage some students to the footnotes. The result is a very readable "Introduction" to one of Shakespeare's late romances."
         —Stanley Stewart, Distinguished Professor of English, University of California, Riverside

  20. Romeo and Juliet

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Bernice W. Kliman and Laury Magnus
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    Romeo and Juliet

    "This splendid edition furnishes readers, students, and theater people alike with a marvelous set of tools for appreciating the many facets of Shakespeare's play: a freshly edited text from the authoritative 1599 quarto, trenchant explanatory notes, and–best of all–insightful performance notes detailing the various ways in which individual passages have been interpreted in important films and stage productions."
         —Eric Rasmussen, University of Nevada, Reno and co-editor of the RSC Shakespeare edition

  21. The Comedy of Errors

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Laury Magnus
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    The Comedy of Errors

    "Laury Magnus's edition of The Comedy of Errors is a treasure—it gives us all the footnotes Kittredge never himself wrote along with a superb collection of production photographs of a wide variety of performances and extended production notes. The introduction is comprehensive in establishing the various ideas and dimensions of a play mistakenly thought to be the simple Roman farce of a young playwright. And teachers will find the extended list of assignments as suggestively fruitful as students reading the play for the first time. This combination is a real winner."
         —Arthur F. Kinney, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  22. The First Part of King Henry the Fourth

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Samuel Crowl
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    The First Part of King Henry the Fourth

    "Samuel Crowl's revision and updating of George Lyman Kittredge's edition of I Henry IV makes this useful text even more attractive to a contemporary audience of both general readers and students. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of and sensitivity to Shakespearean performance, Crowl provides a new Introduction,in addition to Kittredge's original, highlighting performance history, together with an essay on "How to Read The First Part of King Henry the Fourth as Performance," which pays particular attention to Orson Welles' Chimes at Midnight and two television productions of the play available on DVD. Crowl has lightly revised and extended Kittredge's annotations, and has added extensive performance notes where appropriate."
         —Michael Anderegg, University of North Dakota

  23. The First Part of King Henry the Sixth

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Michèle Willems
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    The First Part of King Henry the Sixth

    "Michèle Willems's edition of The First Part of King Henry the Sixth offers valuable insights into this little-known and puzzling play. Like G. L. Kittredge, on whose work this edition is based, she sees it as mainly Shakespearean. The play we are shown here is no simple exaltation of patriotic feeling, but, more tellingly, a somber and incisive account of a kingdom staggering under the effects of the death of Chivalry. Willems astutely sees an interaction of the play's two main plots that are centered around Lord Talbot and Joan of Arc. She rightly underscores the overwhelming presence in the play of ambivalence, contradiction, irony, and multiple angles of vision. Her account of the play in performance tells a similarly disillusioning story in theatrical terms. Illustrations from performance history help bring to life this underrated and fascinating historical saga."
         —David Bevington, University of Chicago

  24. The Life of Henry V

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Annalisa Castaldo
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    The Life of Henry V

    "The New Kittredge Series is both a delight and a steal. Kittredge's textual authority, updated by eminent scholars sensitive to classroom needs and alert to staging choices, is once again available in these slim, elegant, inexpensive, user-friendly volumes. With lucid notes and incisive introductions geared especially to popular film versions, the series also offers an overview of both stage and film performances of each play. A must for any Shakespeare class."
         —Dr. Laury Magnus

  25. The Merchant of Venice

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Kenneth S. Rothwell
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    The Merchant of Venice

    "Ken Rothwell does a splendid updating of Kittredge's Merchant of Venice with considerations of the play in performance. His essay on the play's stage history is lucid, his additions to Kittredge's notes are indicative of performance choices, and, as one would expect of the preeminent scholar of Shakespeare on film, his discussion of cinematic adaptations of Merchant is richly informative. This edition should prove useful to all levels of undergraduates."
         —James Bulman, Allegheny College

  26. The Merry Wives of Windsor

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Jane W. Wells
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    The Merry Wives of Windsor

    George Lyman Kittredge's insightful editions of Shakespeare have endured in part because of his eclecticism, his diversity of interests, and his wide-ranging accomplishments—all of which are reflected in the valuable notes in each volume. The plays in the New Kittredge Shakespeare series retain the original Kittredge notes and introductions, changed or augmented only when some modernization seems necessary. These new editions also include introductory essays by contemporary editors, notes on the plays as they have been performed on stage and film, and additional student materials.

  27. The Second Part of King Henry the Fourth

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by James Wells
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    The Second Part of King Henry the Fourth

    "This is an exciting new edition, with a clear and lively introduction that succinctly captures the play's complexity and challenges. Wells' discussion of the play's relationship with Henry IV, Part One is especially thoughtful, and his attention to performance and film history is extremely valuable. The thorough and clear notes will be extremely helpful to students navigating Shakespeare's language for the first time, as well as for deepening the understanding of those who have some familiarity already. All in all, this is a valuable treatment of an often difficult play."
         —Tanya Pollard, Brooklyn College, CUNY

  28. The Taming of the Shrew

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Laury Magnus
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    The Taming of the Shrew

    "Laury Magnus' edition of The Taming of the Shrew is much more than a revision of Kittredge. Her splendid introduction and appendices are sensitive to the play’s language and its paradoxical nuances of gender, and she understands that the play is, after all, a love story. Her explanatory notes are excellent, but most impressive and original is her emphasis on film, theater, and television performance."
         —Maurice Charney, Emeritus, Rutgers University

  29. The Two Gentlemen of Verona

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Matthew Kozusko
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    The Two Gentlemen of Verona

    "Even as the New Kittredge Shakespeare series glances back to George Lyman Kittredge's student editions of the plays, it is very much of our current moment: the slim editions are targeted largely at high school and first-year college students who are more versed in visual than in print culture. Not only are the texts of the plays accompanied by photographs or stills from various stage and cinema performances: the editorial contributions are performance-oriented, offering surveys of contemporary film interpretations, essays on the plays as performance pieces, and an annotated filmography. Traditional editorial issues (competing versions of the text, cruxes, editorial emendation history) are for the most part excluded; the editions focus instead on clarifying the text with an eye to performing it. There is no disputing the pedagogic usefulness of the New Kittredge Shakespeare's performance-oriented approach."
         —Studies in English Literature, Tudor and Stuart Drama

  30. The Winter's Tale

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Mark Z. Muggli
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    The Winter's Tale

    "The Winter's Tale is a kind of miracle play in which performance is of the essence of an exciting, imaginative, and inspiring plot embodied in visionary dialogue. In creating a course in Shakespeare Performed (2010) with his students staging an abridged Winter's Tale, Mark Muggli was in an ideal position to edit the play especially from the perspective of performance, as he did. This is a twenty-first-century edition up-to-date enough to include the Guthrie Theater's production of 2011 together with the solid twentieth-century scholarship of G. L. Kittredge. Kittredge's introduction, lightly edited, begins with Muggli's 'Spoiler Alert' about plot revelations the reader might prefer to experience first in the play itself. His notes are designed less to interpret than 'to facilitate the reader's interpretation,' and the reader and the play are primary in this presentation of The Winter’s Tale."
         —Tom Clayton, Regents Profesor, University of Minnesota

  31. Three Shrew Plays

    Edited, with Introduction, by Barry Gaines and Margaret Maurer

    Three Shrew Plays

    This annotated collection of three early modern English plays allows readers to explore the relationship between Shakespeare's Shrew and two closely related plays of the same genre, the earlier of which, the anonymous The Taming of a Shrew (whether inspired by Shakespeare's play or vice-versa), once enjoyed a level of popularity that likely surpassed that of Shakespeare's play. The editors' Introduction brilliantly illuminates points of comparison between the three, their larger themes included, and convincingly argues that Shakespeare's Shrew is seen all the more vividly when the anonymous A Shrew and Fletcher's table-turning The Tamer Tamed are waiting in the wings.

  32. Titus Andronicus

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by J. Michael Drew
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    Titus Andronicus

    "J. Michael Drew's edition of Titus Andronicus in the New Kittredge Shakespeare series refreshes Kittredge's text with extensive and helpful explanatory notes as well as a thorough and enlightening introduction. A distinctive and attractive feature of Drew's edition is its generously illustrated focus on Julie Taymor's famous film adaptation. With its detailed and engaging questions for further study, this is an edition perfectly designed for classroom use."
         —Matthew Wikander, University of Toledo

  33. Twelfth Night

    William Shakespeare
    Edited by Gayle Gaskill
    Series Editor James H. Lake

    Twelfth Night

    "Gayle Gaskill offers appropriate tribute to G.L. Kittredge by updating his classic edition with a mastery, thoroughness, and verve worthy of the original. This excellent edition is marked by impeccable scholarship that everywhere displays careful attention to detail and keen sensitivity to the needs of modern readers."
         —John W. Mahon, Senior Editor, The Shakespeare Newsletter, and Professor of English, Iona College

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