Everyone at some point in their lives picks up one of Shakespeare’s plays or goes to see his work performed on the stage. His is one of the most well-known names in the world, yet it’s also one that’s sometimes met with negative expectations when students hear they’ll be analyzing one of his works. How could it be possible to convey the magic, fun, bright colors and vivid portrayals of a play all through a simple (maybe boring) reading of the script? And I have to admit, although we’re told not to, most people judge books by the cover. Actually this is the problem that most classics have: dull, boring covers. I am so, so very pleased to share with you the wonder that is the Signature Shakespeare collection, reinvigorating four plays I know I’ll never look at the same again.
Because, really, what could be better than a book? A pretty book. One that will look gorgeous on your shelf, in your hand, sitting not so subtly out so that visitors can admire and be jealous of your collection. Because this collection isn’t just about what the covers look like; it’s what’s on the inside that counts!
Each cover has a full laser cut picture on the front with gorgeous detailing, something I could admire for ages, with a half page slipcover that accentuates the cover image. And, even better, there aren’t simply pictures inside . . there are more, beautiful, detailed inserts like these that enhance the plot and reader’s enjoyment. I had fun hunting through the book just to see what all of the images look like, though that isn’t to say that the text becomes completely irrelevant. They also have fantastic essays, notes, and commentary that can enhance anyone’s understanding of these fantastic literary works, from the first time reader to someone who’s loved returning to and reading Shakespeare again and again!
Right now, there are four plays in the collection: Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, & Much Ado About Nothing. I have to say that I like the color scheme on Romeo and Juliet the best (just because of the purple in it; I can’t help for immediately going for a favorite color) but each of these books are so beautiful that you can’t go wrong if you choose to get one or an entire set for yourself. Though I recommend getting all of them while you can . . Compared to the old, worn copies of these plays I’ve had to read before, this new collection shines through beautifully!