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Eric Rasmussen is the department chair and a professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno. In addition to being the coeditor of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Complete Works of William Shakespeare, he has edited the authoritative editions of numerous other Elizabethan poets. Rasmussen mostra'n més lives in Reno, Nevada. mostra'n menys

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Hamlet (1603) — Editor, algunes edicions33,251 exemplars, 292 ressenyes
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (1589) — Editor, algunes edicions32,108 exemplars, 169 ressenyes
Romeu i Julieta (1597) — Editor, algunes edicions29,010 exemplars, 275 ressenyes
Macbeth (1606) — Editor, algunes edicions26,435 exemplars, 231 ressenyes
El Somni d'una nit d'estiu (1600) — Editor, algunes edicions20,058 exemplars, 176 ressenyes
Otel·lo (1604) — Editor, algunes edicions17,146 exemplars, 131 ressenyes
Juli Cèsar (1623) — Editor, algunes edicions12,640 exemplars, 110 ressenyes
Nit de Reis (1601) — Editor, algunes edicions10,906 exemplars, 110 ressenyes
Al vostre gust (1599) — Editor, algunes edicions7,645 exemplars, 74 ressenyes
Enric V (1600) — Editor, algunes edicions6,107 exemplars, 54 ressenyes
Enric IV : primera part (1598) — Editor, algunes edicions5,105 exemplars, 39 ressenyes
Conte d'Hivern (1623) — Editor, algunes edicions4,835 exemplars, 60 ressenyes
Mesura per mesura (1623) — Editor, algunes edicions4,425 exemplars, 51 ressenyes
Ricard II (1597) — Editor, algunes edicions4,218 exemplars, 54 ressenyes
Enric IV : segona part (1600) — Editor, algunes edicions2,590 exemplars, 29 ressenyes
Doctor Faustus and Other Plays (Oxford World's Classics) (1995) — Editor, algunes edicions561 exemplars, 4 ressenyes
Enric VI (1623) — Editor, algunes edicions415 exemplars, 4 ressenyes
English Renaissance Drama (2002) — Editor, algunes edicions227 exemplars, 1 ressenya
A New History of Early English Drama (1997) — Col·laborador — 58 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Shakespeare and Textual Studies (2015) — Col·laborador — 7 exemplars
Stage directions in Hamlet new essays and new directions (2003) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
Studies in Bibliography (Vol. 46) (1993) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Shakespeare Quarterly Vol.66 No.2 (Summer 2015) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
ANQ 33.2-3, April-September 2020 — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, Vol 33 (2020) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
Studies in Bibliography (Vol. 39) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars


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I'm so very glad to have this as part of my collection. I adore the layout and aims of Bate & Rasmussen's RSC Complete Works, even if I ultimately believe the more all-encompassing scholarship of the Ardens is the pinnacle in Shakespearean research. But every home should have a complete works, and the RSC is top-notch.

Of course, a "Collaborative Works" is always going to be divisive among reviewers, and my own mind is both rapturous and doubtful about this edition. The plays herein are freshly edited and lovingly presented, with a vast amount of detail about the authorship question, stylistic analysis, recent productions, and an overall view of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. (One of the most important changes in scholarship in the last 50 years is a renewed willingness to see Shakespeare as a creative working in an active theatre industry, rather than some gloomy tower-bound "author" creating plays.) While I'm academically conservative, it is true that the academic establishment has a tendency to grow defensive against change, and I welcome the editors keeping Shakespearean scholarship on its toes. Some of the plays here almost undoubtedly have the Bard's blood running through them, and it's great to see them being revived.

If I have any issues, it's really only that there could have been MORE. The editors openly admit that "The London Prodigal" is very probably not by Shakespeare. I'm completely fine with that. As they point out time and time again, this notion that plays by Shakespeare are instantly valid for our day and age while others are simply archaic is absurd. These plays are vibrant and enjoyable, as well as reminders of the great variety and versatility of the theatre of an entire age. So I suppose my shame is, after reading the introduction and reasons why some plays were omitted... well, why not include a few more? Make this a brand new "Works", to bring so many plays back into people's homes?

Anyhow, that's a slightly ambitious point. I'm very happy to have this. Bate & Rasmussen may have drawn the net too wide in search of Shakespeare (even if I think it is too narrow overall) but it's surely better to encompass all of Shakespeare plus some assortments, than to omit some of his words simply out of some sense of tradition?
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therebelprince | Apr 21, 2024 |
It is hardly debatable that the two most important publications in terms of modern English language are the King James Bible and the First Folio of Shakespeare. In 1623, two actors who had worked with Shakespeare sought to publish a collection of his work in order that the acting company could profit rather than the many knock offs that were circulating at the time. Only about 1,000 copies were printed, of those 232 remain accounted for. How do we know this? Because of the work of Eric Rasmussen and his crack team of Folio Hunters. Rasmussen formed his team in 1996 with the expressed aim of documenting as many surviving copies as possible and determining their provenance in the process. The Shakespeare Thefts can be looked at as a highlight reel of what they have been able to accomplish.

What they have done is to uncover “a fascinating world … populated with thieves, masterminds, fools, and eccentrics, all of whom have risked fortunes and reputations to possess a coveted First Folio.” What makes this book an enjoyable read is hearing these tales and the lengths they have gone to attain what is arguably the most famous book in the collecting world, such as, a nineteenth-century bricklayer who stole a Count’s personal copy and sold it for wrapping paper to shopkeepers, an accidental theft by a 20th century Pope, a shoe salesman disguised as a professor who stole one right out of a college reading room; and then there is my personal favorite involving a playboy living off stolen credit cards, Cubans, and the Folger Library. (I won’t spoil it. You have to read it to believe it.)

If this book has a flaw it is that there is little flow to the narrative. It reads as a series of stand alone essays with little if anything moving in a linear direction. There are many tales of books they feel are out there but that they have failed to find. As a reader I kept waiting for the author to get back to those stories and tell me they found this one or that one, but this never happens.

Overall though I can strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Shakespeare, or simply appreciates books for their own sake. It is a very quick read and by the end you will know more about how books are made, faked, stolen and retrieved than you did before. What more can you ask of a book.
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ReaderWriterRunner | Hi ha 25 ressenyes més | Jul 27, 2021 |
No Redemption for First Folio Thieves: "The Shakespeare Thefts" by Eric Rasmussen Published October 30, 2012.
I’m lost in the desert, beer thirsty, hungry, and desperately searching for any sort of book-nourishment Shakespeare-related. What is that I see in the distance? It's something stuck in the sand, and I think it may be oval. As I get closer, I’m also able to see it more clearly. Is it a cave? Yes, I think it is! But to where does it lead? Doesn't matter! As I bend down to enter the cave, I’m able to see something deep inside. I can't quite make out what it is; I need to squint my eyes, trying to focus as I begin to slowly waddle towards it. As I get closer, I’m able to discern something. I think I may know what it is, but I don't want to get my hopes up only to be utterly devastated. But wait, yes it is, it's a book! It’s a book with the word “Shakespeare” on the cover. I start furiously waddling towards that delectable, precious gift from heaven, practically falling on my damn face until I notice that the cave has narrowed. I have to slow down my pace, but I clearly am not deterred, because I’m going to get to that book no matter what. However, as I’m thinking that, my shoulders begin to hit the cave walls, knocking me back and forth as I make my way forward, until I’m no longer able to waddle, having to resort to more prosaic methods of locomotion, i.e., crawling on my hands and knees….
The rest of this review can be read elsewhere.
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antao | Hi ha 25 ressenyes més | Dec 10, 2016 |
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