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A Choice of Shakespeare's Verse

Selected and with an Introduction by Ted Hughes

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

0374122784

9780374122782

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224 Pages

$16.00

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This clear, compact selection of Shakespeare’s verse opens the door to new readers of our greatest writer and deepens lifelong readers’ understanding of his work. Ted Hughes spent his life considering Shakespeare’s works and drawing on them for his own poetry; his book-length account of Shakespeare’s development, Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being, was one of the most distinctive works of literary criticism of recent years.

For this selection, Hughes deliberately took strong, relatively self-contained passages of Shakespeare’s verse out of the plays and arranged them in a pattern, including the best-known songs and sonnets. The result is at once a revealing sequence of Shakespeare’s verse and an anthology of his greatest bits—“capable of striking up a life of their own in the general experience of the reader,” Hughes remarks in the introduction.

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Ted Hughes (1930-98) produced more than forty books of poetry, prose, drama, translation, and children's literature, including, in his last decade, Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being, Tales from Ovid, and Birthday Letters.
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  • Selected and with an Introduction by Ted Hughes

  • Ted Hughes (1930–1998) produced more than forty books of poetry, prose, drama, translation, and children’s literature, including, in his last decade, Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being, Tales from Ovid, and Birthday Letters.
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