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By William Shakespeare

"I believe that i've got spent part my profession with one or one other Pelican Shakespeare in my again pocket. comfort, although, is the least vital point of the hot Pelican Shakespeare sequence. this is a sublime and transparent textual content for both the examine or the practice session room, notes the place you wish them and the celebrated scholarship of the final editors, Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller who remember that those are performs for functionality in addition to nice texts for contemplation." (Patrick Stewart)

The exotic Pelican Shakespeare sequence, which has offered greater than 4 million copies, is now thoroughly revised and repackaged.

Each quantity features:
* Authoritative, trustworthy texts
* prime quality introductions and notes
* New, extra readable alternate trim size
* An essay at the theatrical international of Shakespeare and essays on Shakespeare's existence and the choice of texts

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Why, then, sell books like baked beans? Or so the British book trade felt. As a result of this cultural resistance, the first reliable lists did not arrive in the UK until the mid-1970s, when the Bookseller began 16 assembling them for the trade, and The Sunday Times began making them available to the reading public. Over following years they became an established feature of the British book world, which has in other ways accommodated to American high-pressure salesmanship – more so after the abolition of the NBA in 1995, and the evolution of the traditional high street bookstore into something virtually indistinguishable from the American hyperstore.

Amazon’s new and used title catalogue grows weekly. With a couple of keystroke clicks and a number inscribed in plastic, the reader has a choice of some two million fiction titles, and more every year. There are so many novels that even if one dedicated one’s whole life to reading them, and doing little else, one would – novel in hand on one’s deathbed – only have scratched the surface of the fiction mountain. Why, then, are so many million citizens reading the one, or the top ten, or (in recent times) the top hundred novels at any one 25 The modern scene Stampede selling time?

Discriminating readers ‘browsed’, like ruminant beasts chewing the cud in an English meadow; they did not ‘stampede’ like maddened cattle across the Great Plains. The high sales pressure associated with American styles of bestsellerism cramped, it was felt, the range of bookshops’ stock. Beneath mountainous piles of whatever ‘the book of the moment’, worthy books struggled to be seen. Books did not ‘compete’ with each other – they were ‘different’, as a successful 1960 British legal defence of retail price maintenance insisted (successfully; the Net Book Agreement was judged ‘legal’).

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