August 02 , 2009


A Readable Adaptation


The Readable Shakespeare

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Shakespeare's Complete Works

A balanced editorial approach, a highly respected editor, and comprehensive glosses, footnotes, and historical and cultural essays make this the most reader-friendly introduction to Shakespeare available today. The seventh edition of this comprehensive anthology addresses the two key issues confronted by readers approaching Shakespeare…

Wherefore art thou Romeo?                       Who would fardels bear?

Why are you called Romeo?                       Who would bear these burdens?

If Shakespeare meant burdens instead of fardels, what's to stop us reading that?  Which is easier to understand?  Which is more readable?  We no longer share all Shakespeare's language- so much has changed and some of it is misleading...  Enter the Readable Shakespeare, a translation so seamless that you may not believe you are not reading the original - except that  you'll understand every word.  This version:

  • Eliminates the need for footnotes
  • Smooths out complicated sentence constructions
  • Updates misleading, outdated and incomprehensible words
  • Rescues humour and imagery from obscurity

And leaves what's readable in the original intact.  The Readable Shakespeare leaves you with a version of the play that Will could've written yesterday.  It gives you access to the real play, with modern words where necessary.

Readable Macbeth

If it's done, it's best done quickly...

Some people have died to take the throne of Scotland.  And Macbeth has killed to stop them.  After battle, he is told by those that should know, that the throne is his for the taking.  When your motive is cued by supernatural powers, what can stop you?  Conscience?  The milk of human kindness?

Step inside the mind of one of Shakespeare's most promising but ruthless creations, a war hero whose battle is ultimately for his own heart and mind... now made Readable.

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