People following me on Twitter watched this play out, but I thought it’d make a blog post as well. Wandering through town today I stopped into a used book store. High up on the top shelf I saw a stack of small books that read “Temple Shakespeare", $15/volume.”
I googled around a bit to see if there was anything special about the collection, then decided to go check it out anyway. What volumes did he have, I asked?
Troilus and Cressida
All’s Well That Ends Well
Measure for Measure
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Rape of Lucrece
Venus and Adonis
That certainly says something about the popularity of the works. If you’re gonna pick over a collection volume by volume, you can see the Hamlet and the Dream and such going first…these are the leftovers.
I went with the Venus and Adonis. Fourth edition, 1899. I’ll let you know more about it once I have time.