Features September 2020
Forests of Ardens
On the Arden Shakespeare series.
With the publication, last January, of Measure for Measure, edited by A. R. Braunmuller and Robert N. Watson, the Third Series of the Arden Shakespeare was finally complete. There have been several recent offshoots of this imprint, including Arden Early Modern Drama Guides and Arden Student Skills, both of which offer extended critical commentary on individual plays; there are also editions of non-Shakespearian Renaissance plays under the rubric Arden Early Modern Drama. Nonetheless, the core of the enterprise remains the editing of Shakespeare’s plays and poems. Publication of Arden 3 has taken twenty-five years, which compares favorably with the thirty-one for the Second Series (“The New Arden” or Arden 2, 1951---82) and equals that for the original series (Arden 1, 1899---1924, interrupted by the Great War). The general editors for Arden 4 have already been announced,...
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