I love when I get questions like this. An unnamed reader (I’m not sure if she’s supposed to be asking this) has just been placed in charge with ordering copies of Shakespeare’s plays to be made available in the gift shop of the theatre company she works with. So she’s asked me, and by extension us, for recommendations on which publisher’s editions to get. In her own words she’s looking for something that, “stays true to the bard but would be readable for people new to Shakespeare.”
I know you’ll all have some great suggestions! Earlier this year we had discussion of carrying around your own copy of the First Folio and people seemed to land on the Norton version – but would this satisfy our questioner’s requirements? Is it still approachable in the way she’s looking for?
UPDATE: My source says thank you for all the ideas! We can keep discussing favorites, of course, but she’s thinking about going with Folger editions for her needs.
On a different note does anybody know if any of these versions are available in an online / iPhone edition? That’s how I do all my reading these days.