The Alexander Text
A Collins Classic
The Collins edition of the 'Complete Works of William Shakespeare', edited by the late Professor Peter Alexander, has long been established as one of the most authoritative editions of Shakespeare's works, and was chosen by the BBC as the basis for its televised cycle of the plays. Now completely reset in a reader-friendly design, the 1994 edition includes:
- a biography of Shakespeare by Germaine Greer, and an introduction to his theatre by the late Anthony Burgess
- new introductions to the plays and poems
- an introduction by Alec Yearling on the significance of the Alexander text, with Alexander's own essay on the origins of the text in the First Folio and the "good" and "bad" quartos
- a glossary of around 2500 entries explaining the meaning of obsolete words and phrases, with line references to each occurrence
- line numbering which relates to the standard concordances.