Cambridge University Press is to publish a new reference work to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, for a r.r.p of £400.
The two-volume Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare is the first transnational, international and interdisciplinary study of Shakespeare and aims to reflect the expansive reach of Shakespeare’s global reputation. Eight years in the making, it brings together 300 of the world’s leading experts in Shakespeare studies, led by an international board of editors from North America, Brazil, Netherlands, Scotland and Japan.
Volume 1, 'Shakespeare’s World', 1500 -1660, includes a comprehensive survey of the world in which Shakespeare and his contemporaries lived, while Volume 2, 'The World’s Shakespeare', 1660 - Present, examines what the world has made of Shakespeare as a cultural icon over the past four centuries.
The publisher said: “Richly illustrated with more than three hundred images between the two volumes, this work brings the world, life and afterlife of Shakespeare to readers, from non-academic Shakespeare fans and students to theatre professionals and Shakespeare scholars.”
A new online platform will offer free access to themed material from the Cambridge Guide as well as extracts from other new and backlist Cambridge Shakespeare titles throughout 2016.
Sarah Stanton, publishing director for literature, said: “I’m delighted to see the Cambridge Guide come to fruition. It’s a wonderfully exciting publishing event, not just for Cambridge but for Shakespeare studies in general. The project’s general editor, Bruce Smith, has brought together a superb set of international authors to write authoritatively on all aspects of Shakespeare’s art and its global appeal today.”
The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare will be published on 1st February for a r.r.p of £400.
To further mark the 400th anniversary year, CUP will publish Shakespeare Circle: An Alternative Biography, a collection of essays edited by Stanley Wells and Paul Edmondson of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. According to the publisher, the book “sheds new light on Shakespeare by examining the lives of those who knew him best – his relatives, friends, fellow-actors, collaborators and patrons." It includes contributions from Germaine Greer, TV historian Michael Wood, and Dame Margaret Drabble.
Publication of Shakespeare Circle will be accompanied by a YouTube video, online promotion and author events.