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The Folger Library General Reader's Shakespeare

The Folger Shakespeare Library is an independent research library located in Washington, D.C., and has the world’s largest collection of the printed works of William Shakespeare. The books in the General Reader’s Shakespeare series include modernized spelling and punctuation and interpretative essays.

Louis B. Wright, General Editor, was the Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library from 1948 until his retirement in 1968. Virginia LaMar, Assistant Editor, served as research assistant to the Director and Executive Secretary of the Library from 1946 until her death in 1968.

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  • The Taming of the Shrew (Paperback) + CliffsNotes

    The Taming of the Shrew (Paperback) + CliffsNotes


    "...The Taming of the Shrew has been persistently popular since Shakespeare's day, for it is a boisterous and amusing farce on a theme that has entertained both men and women since the beginning of time: the conflict between the sexes and the comic situations that this eternal warfare begets." — From "War of the Sexes" (page viii)

  • The Tempest (Paperback) + CliffsNotes

    The Tempest (Paperback) + CliffsNotes


    "The Tempest was the last entire play that Shakespeare wrote before he left London to lead the life of a man of property in Stratford." — From "Island of Magic" (page vii)

  • Romeo and Juliet (Paperback) + CliffsNotes

    Romeo and Juliet (Paperback) + CliffsNotes


    "Shakespeare achieved a new success in Romeo and Juliet, which was immediately popular on its first appearance; from that day to this it has been seen constantly in the theatre, though not always in the precise form in which Shakespeare wrote it." — From "The Popularity of the Play" (page xiii)

  • Antony and Cleopatra (Paperback) + CliffsNotes

    Antony and Cleopatra (Paperback) + CliffsNotes


    "In Antony and Cleopatra Shakespeare put behind him idyllic love, which he had treated more than a dozen years before in Romeo and Juliet, and turned his attention to the consuming passion of two characters who had already run the gamut of human emotion." — From "Egyptian Enchantress" (page ix)

  • Shakespeare\'s Sonnets (Paperback)

    Shakespeare's Sonnets (Paperback)


    All 154 sonnets written by William Shakespeare are contained in this Folger Library Collection edition.

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