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Is it really much ado about nothing?

img786The cover design of the book Shakespearean Tragedy was done by Alvin Lustig, Meridian Books, third printing 1957. Shakespearean Tragedy was based on a 1903 edition by the English scholar A.C.Bradley (1851-1935).

img785The cover design and illustration of the book The Kittredge Shakespeares Hamlet was done by James F. Armstrong. The book was edited with notes by George Lyman Kittredge (1860-1941) based on the 1939 Shakespeare’s Works edition by this celebrated Harvard professor. This edition is published by Ginn.

img781An interesting appearance in two colors looks a bit like old fashioned wall paper or a flannel pajama fabric, but with an eye catching design. An eighth printing 1963 for King Lear and a fourth printing March 1961 for Henry IV. These were both based on earlier editions and were edited by Tucker Brooke (1883-1946) for Henry IV and Tucker Brooke and William Lyons Phelps (1865-1943) for King Lear.

Yes, we owe much of the modern day Shakespeare readability to all the hard work of these scholars. Erudition was a way of life for these scholars, and, unfortunately, we have too many frivolous copy/paste mini scholars these days with large payroll patronage supported by fat institutions skimming the backs of the unwilling victims – their students. The Yale softcover books are indeed well printed, unfortunately I do not know who designed the covers.

img780The same actually can be said about the New Penguin Series even though I prefer the paper and the slightly larger size of the Yale editions.

Coriolanus, illustrated by Paul Hogarth was covered in an earlier post but we feature it again here to complete the visual picture of the many faces of the greatest of English poets.

img778For a real English edition of the great poet’s work read this earlier post.