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Only finished Cymbeline so far from this edition - the 4 stars applies to that. Absolutely bonkers and unexpectedly enjoyable.
An interesting collection. Had the publishers decided to add Winter's Tale and The Tempest, this would have been the perfect collection of Shakespeare's Romances. As for the stories in this compilation: they are good! Pericles is a five star play, Cymbeline is a four star play, and The Two Noble Kinsmen is a three. Together I give the complete compilation four stars - a really good read. The commentary in the signet classic editions of Shakespeare's plays is strong. I Definitely recommend this c...
Cymbeline "****" . (read 20100129) Shakespeare weaves several stories together into a complicated, even outlandish comic plot. Princess Imogen is married to Posthumus, who is banished by King Cymbeline so that his step-son can marry Imogen instead. Meanwhile, Iachimo bets that he can seduce Imogen in Posthumus' absence, and although he fails to do so, he convinces Posthumus that he has succeeded. As a result, Posthumus decides to kill Imogen, who has left court and gone to Wales where she thinks...
I read this for my college Shakespeare 2 class (wanted to skip all that I'd read for high school and run with the obscure); and later saw a live-action play version at the Intiman Theater in Seattle. They did a cowboy version with a little Asian gal as Cymbeline. Not my favorite, but I think everyone needs to go see a live-action Shakespeare play at least once (preferably one that doesn't suck as much).
To be honest, I've only read The Two Noble Kinsmen out of this lot, though I read all of the essays on the other plays. I intend to read the others, but I'm saving them for the rainy season. ;)I liked this edition! I love reading scholarly essays in these kind of "Classics" collections, and the ones that they chose for this edition were all very interesting.The Two Noble Kinsmen itself was much more interesting than I was expecting.