The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Volumes 1 and 2 are two-volume hardbacks published by Nelson Doubleday, Inc., New York, possibly 1950 or 1960, Book Club Editions. The dust jackets have surface wear and volume 2 has a piece missing from the bottom of the spine. Inside, the pages are clean and unmarked and the binding is tight. The condition is very good.
The richest heritage of all English literature--the plays and the poems of the immortal Shakespeare--is gathered here in two special volumes.
Here are the great historical dramas--Richard II, King Henry VI, King John--pageants of English history which, even today, stir audiences the world over. Here are the incomparable tragedies--Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear and Othello, illuminating man's life and destiny. Here is the tender romance--Romeo and Juliet, the silvery fancy of A Midsummer Night's Dream, the humor of the boisterous comedies--the thirty-seven plays which have contributed so immeasurably to the culture of the world.
Included also are the hundred and fifty-four sonnets and the long poems, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece.
Each play has a special introduction adapted from the Shakespearean Primer of Professor Dowden. There are no footnotes to interfere with the reader's enjoyment of every page, but a glossary is provided at the end to clarify obsolete words and phrases.