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Each edition includes:

  • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play
  • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
  • Scene-by-scene plot summaries
  • A key to famous lines and phrases
  • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language
  • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
  • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs....


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    John Dover Wilson's New Shakespeare, published between 1921 and 1966, became the classic Cambridge edition of Shakespeare's plays and poems until the 1980s. The series, long since out-of-print, is now reissued. Each work is available both individually and as a set, and each contains a lengthy and lively introduction, main text, and substantial notes and glossary printed at the back. The edition, which began with The Tempest and ended with The Sonnets, put into practice the techniques and theories that had evolved under the 'New Bibliography'. Remarkably by today's standards, although it took the best part of half a century to produce, the New Shakespeare involved only a small band of editors besides Dover Wilson himself. As the volumes took shape, many of Dover Wilson's textual methods acquired general acceptance and became an established part of later editorial practice, for example in the Arden and New Cambridge Shakespeares....

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    This new edition of Macbeth is part of the established Cambridge School Shakespeare series and has been substantially updated with new and revised activities throughout. Remaining faithful to the series' active approach it treats the play as a script to be acted, explored and enjoyed. As well as the complete script of Macbeth, you will find a variety of classroom-tested activities, an eight-page colour section and an enlarged selection of notes including information on characters, performance, history and language....

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    Macbeth is Shakespeare's great tragedy of a fall into evil. The Norton Critical Edition text is based on the First Folio (1623), the only authoritative text of the play. It is accompanied by an introduction, detailed explanatory annotations, and textual notes.

    A rich "Sources and Contexts" section provides readers with an understanding of Macbeth's origins through the works of Seneca, Raphael Holinshed, and The Slaughter of the Holy Innocents and the Death of Herod. The cultural controversies surrounding the play—free will, predestination, witchcraft, tyrannicide, and equivocation—are debated by various authors. Adaptations of Macbeth are included for comparative reading, among them Welcome Msomi's recent South African retelling, uMabatha.

    Four hundred years of critical interpretation of Macbeth are represented in seventeen judiciously-chosen essays, among them assessments by Samuel Johnson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Sarah Siddons, A. C. Bradley, Janet Adelman, Derek Jacobi, Stephen Orgel, and Peter Holland.

    A Selected Bibliography is also included.

    About the series: No other series of classic texts equals the caliber of the Norton Critical Editions. Each volume combines the most authoritative text available with the comprehensive pedagogical apparatus necessary to appreciate the work fully. Careful editing, first-rate translation, and thorough explanatory annotations allow each text to meet the highest literary standards while remaining accessible to students. Each edition is printed on acid-free paper and every text in the series remains in print. Norton Critical Editions are the choice for excellence in scholarship for students at more than 2,000 universities worldwide....


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    This Norton Critical Edition is based on the Folio text of King Lear (carefully corrected prior to its printing in 1623). The editor has interpolated the best-known and most-often discussed passages from Quarto I (including the “mock-trial” scene) as is fully explained in both “A Note on the Text” and the annotations that accompany the play. “Sources” helps readers navigate King Lear’s rich history and includes the nine essential primary sources from which Shakespeare borrowed significantly in creating his play, along with two additional likely sources.

    “Criticism”provides thirteen major critical interpretations and three provocative adaptations and responses to King Lear. Critical interpretation is provided by Samuel Johnson, Charles Lamb, Peter Brook, Michael Warren, Lynda E. Boose, Janet Adelman, and R. A. Foakes, among others. The adaptations and responses are by Nahum Tate, John Keats, and Edward Bond.

    A Selected Bibliography is also included. ....

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    Henry IV sits on a usurped throne, his conscience and his nobles in revolt, while his son Hal is immersed in a self-indulgent life of revelry with the notorious Sir John Falstaff. Shakespeare explores questions of kingship and honor in this masterly mingling of history, comedy, and tragedy.

    Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today’s most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, this Modern Library series incorporates definitive texts and authoritative notes from William Shakespeare: Complete Works. Each play includes an Introduction as well as an overview of Shakespeare’s theatrical career; commentary on past and current productions based on interviews with leading directors, actors, and designers; scene-by-scene analysis; key facts about the work; a chronology of Shakespeare’s life and times; and black-and-white illustrations.

    Ideal for students, theater professionals, and general readers, these modern and accessible editions from the Royal Shakespeare Company set a new standard in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century....

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    This innovative edition of one of Shakespeare's most beloved plays offers modernized texts not only of the 1599 quarto but also of the short, or "bad" quarto of 1597, regarding each as witness to a "mobile text" which changed in composition as Shakespeare wrote it and which has continued to evolve throughout its richly varied history, both in the theatre and in film, television, opera, and ballet. The more familiar 1599 text is accompanied by a detailed explanatory commentary. The Introduction traces the Romeo and Juliet narrative from its origins in myth through its adaptation in the novella, and shows how Shakespeare's transmutation of the story reflects contemporary concerns with love, death, adolescence, and patriarchism....

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    Here are the books that help teach Shakespeare plays without the teacher constantly needing to explain and define Elizabethan terms, slang, and other ways of expression that are different from our own. Each play is presented with Shakespeare's original lines on each left-hand page, and a modern, easy-to-understand "translation" on the facing right-hand page. All dramas are complete, with every original Shakespearian line, and a full-length modern rendition of the text. These invaluable teaching-study guides also include:

    1. Helpful background information that puts each play in its historical perspective.

    2. Discussion questions that teachers can use to spark student class participation, and which students can use as springboards for their own themes and term papers.

    3. Fact quizzes, sample examinations, and other features that improve student comprehension of what each play is about....


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    This new edition of Hamlet is part of the established Cambridge School Shakespeare series and has been substantially updated with new and revised activities throughout. Remaining faithful to the series' active approach it treats the play as a script to be acted, explored and enjoyed. As well as the complete script of Hamlet, you will find a variety of classroom-tested activities, an eight-page colour section and an enlarged selection of notes including information on characters, performance, history and language....

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    "I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series. Here is an elegant and clear text for either the study or the rehearsal room, notes where you need them and the distinguished scholarship of the general editors, Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller who understand that these are plays for performance as well as great texts for contemplation." (Patrick Stewart)

    The distinguished Pelican Shakespeare series, which has sold more than four million copies, is now completely revised and repackaged.

    Each volume features:

    * Authoritative, reliable texts

    * High quality introductions and notes

    * New, more readable trade trim size

    * An essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare and essays on Shakespeare's life and the selection of texts...


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    A Midsummer Night's Dream is perhaps Shakespeare's most popular play, particularly as a first introduction to Shakespeare for children--filled as it is with a marvelous mixture of aristocrats, workers, and fairies. For this edition, Peter Holland's introduction looks at dreams and dreamers, tracing the materials out of which Shakespeare constructs his world of night and shadows....

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    Folger Shakespeare Library

    The world's leading center for Shakespeare studies

    Each edition includes:


    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    Essay by Gail Kern Paster

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs....


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    Barron’s popular Shakespeare Made Easy series “translates” Shakespeare’s plays into lively modern English that today’s readers can understand, while also retaining the Bard’s original and immortal lines. The newest addition to this enduring series is Shakespeare’s pastoral romance, As You Like It, a comedy of disguises and multiple mistaken identities. Rosalind, a young maiden, is banished from her kingdom by her cruel uncle, Duke Frederick. She disguises herself as a boy, Ganymede, and flees to the Forest of Arden. There she joins her exiled father, Duke Senior, and an assortment of other colorful characters, including the bawdy jester Touchstone and the melancholy nobleman Jacques, who famously soliloquizes on the seven ages of man. Meanwhile Rosalind, safe in her forest home, encounters the handsome Orlando, and they fall in love. Theirs is only one of several love stories that grace this witty play. All ends happily, as Duke Frederick and Duke Senior are reconciled, and Rosalind and Orlando are blissfully married.

    These special features make Shakespeare’s plays
    truly easy to understand and enjoy


  • The original text of Shakespeare’s play printed on left-hand pages
  • A line-for-line, easy-to-follow modern English updating of Shakespeare’s language on facing right-hand pages
  • Background information that places the drama in historical perspective
  • Quizzes and questions teachers can use for short tests and classroom discussions...

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    "But, for my own part, it was Greek to me."

    Now you can appreciate Julius Caesar in plain English. Political intrigue. Ambition. Envy. Conspiracy. Hypocrisy. Betrayal. Assassination. Pride. Suicide. The Ides of March. The tides of war. Julius Caesar makes today's political scene seem boring! If the original text seems Greek (or geek) to you, now you can read and enjoy it in a modern translation that's easy to understand. Special aids make following the action and grasping the meaning a snap:

    • A brief synopsis of the plot and action
    • A comprehensive character list that describes the characteristics, motivations, and actions of each major player
    • A visual character map that shows the relationships of major characters
    • A cycle-of-death graphic that pinpoints the sequence of deaths and includes who dies, how they die, and why
    • Reflective questions that help you understand the themes of the play

    Shakespeare on the Double! Julius Caesar helps you appreciate this play and the sad, oft-quoted question, "Et tu, Brute?"...


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    An ambitious nobleman intends to become king of the Scots. He and his lady allow nothing to stop them--including murder. The attractive and rapidly growing Graphic Classics series uses the graphic novel format to introduce children to many of the world's greatest literary works. The atmospheric illustrations are of unusually high quality, and the narratives are paced to attract and hold young readers' interest. In addition to the story, each Graphic Classic features a brief biography summarizing its author's life, a list of his or her important works, a time line of historic events that helped inspire the story, general notes, and an index. These books make ideal introductions to the riches of world literature to junior and senior high school students--and especially to those young readers who are hesitant to delve into the books in their original form. This edition has a hardcover binding. All Graphic Classics are available in both paperback and hardcover editions....

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    The Oxford School Shakespeare is a well-established series that helps students to understand and enjoy Shakespeare's plays. As well as the complete and unabridged text, each play in this series has an extensive range of students' notes. These include detailed and clear explanations of difficult words and passages, a synopsis of the plot, summaries of individual scenes, and notes on the main characters. Also included is a wide range of questions and activities for work in class, together with the historical background to Shakespeare's England, a brief biography of Shakespeare, and a complete list of his plays. For this new edition, the notes have been revised so as to make them clearer and more accessible. In addition, the entire text of the book has been redesigned and reset to make it easier to read. Photographs of recent stage production have been included and there is a new, attractive cover design....

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    The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare's most beautiful plays and, conversely, his ugliest. Juxtaposed within the same conceptual frame are heavenly and musical harmonies, romantic love, materialism, and racism. This Norton Critical Edition has been carefully edited to make The Merchant of Venice, its surrounding history, and the history of its critical reception and rewritings accessible to readers. The text of this edition is based on the 1600 First Quarto, with light editing and substantial explanatory annotations by Leah S. Marcus.

    "Sources and Contexts" largely focuses on the character of Shylock and the issue of anti-Semitism in the play. Materials included are diverse, and at times contradictory, allowing readers to draw their own conclusions. Examples include seventeenth-century anti-Semitic literature, an essay from the same period defending Jews and arguing for their repatriation in England, an examination of the Christian theology of the play, and readings of The Merchant of Venice as exclusionary for Jews, women, and people of color.

    "Criticism" collects twenty-one diverse interpretations. In addition to Shylock and the question of anti-Semitism, these essays address The Merchant of Venice in the context of postcolonial, feminist, and queer theory and explore relevant issues of economic status and organization.

    "Rewritings and Appropriations" includes excerpts from dramatic, musical, and other literary adaptations of The Merchant of Venice, as well as a selection of poems, most of them from the twentieth century, on the character of Shylock.

    A Selected Bibliography is also included.

    About the Series: No other series of classic texts equals the caliber of the Norton Critical Editions. Each volume combines the most authoritative text available with the comprehensive pedagogical apparatus necessary to appreciate the work fully. Careful editing, first-rate translation, and thorough explanatory annotations allow each text to meet the highest literary standards while remaining accessible to students. Each edition is printed on acid-free paper and every text in the series remains in print. Norton Critical Editions are the choice for excellence in scholarship for students at more than 2,000 universities worldwide....

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    Based on Chaucer's Knight's Tale, The Two Noble Kinsmen was written at the end of Shakespeare's career, as a collaboration with the rising young dramatist John Fletcher. Neglected until recently by directors and teachers, the play deserves to be better known for its moving dramatization of the conflict of love and friendship. This new edition, compiled by distinguished scholar Eugene M. Waith, offers helpful new material on the play's authenticity as a work of Shakespeare, his collaboration with Fletcher, the relevance to the play of the contemporary ideals of chivalry and friendship, and its limited but increasing stage history. Based on the Quarto of 1634, Waith's edition also sets out to clarify the stage directions, address problems of mislineation, and provide useful guides to unfamiliar words, stage business, allusions, and textual problems....

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    The world's leading center for Shakespeare studies

    Each edition includes:

    • printed version of the play
    •Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
    •Scene-by-scene plot summaries
    •A key to famous lines and phrases
    •An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language
    •An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
    •Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    Essay by Jeffrey Masten...


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    Each edition includes:


    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    Essay by Catherine Belsey

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs....


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    "I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series. Here is an elegant and clear text for either the study or the rehearsal room, notes where you need them and the distinguished scholarship of the general editors, Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller who understand that these are plays for performance as well as great texts for contemplation." (Patrick Stewart)

    The distinguished Pelican Shakespeare series, which has sold more than four million copies, is now completely revised and repackaged.

    Each volume features:

    * Authoritative, reliable texts

    * High quality introductions and notes

    * New, more readable trade trim size

    * An essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare and essays on Shakespeare's life and the selection of texts...


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    Audiences have always delighted in the robust comedy and verbal inventiveness of The Taming of the Shrew. The rapid-fire volley of insults and slurs that Kate and Petruchio hurl at each other throughout the opening scenes are as entertaining as anything Shakespeare ever wrote. And yet they also reveal the abiding tensions between men and women and the treacherous terrain lovers must sometimes cross in their courtship rituals to reach fulfillment.
    Roma Gill, the series editor, has taught Shakespeare at all levels. Our well established and popular series which helps all your students to understand and enjoy Shakespeare's plays, has been improved even further. Revised students' notes are clearer, with detailed explanations of difficult words and passages, plot synopses, summaries of individual scenes, and notes on the main characters. This edition features a host of new photographs of stage productions as well as a newly and attractively designed cover. It offers high school students everything they need to comprehend and enjoy one of Shakespeare's liveliest and most entertaining plays....

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    Soothsayers and premonitions. Power-hungry politicians. The Ides of March. Conspiracy, betrayal, and assassination. The battle for control of the Roman Empire. Enjoy the non-stop intrigue of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in this action-packed manga edition.

    The text is abridged so it’s fast-paced, but the original Shakespearean wording is used so you’ll recognize famous quotations. A four-page introduction sets the stage. You’ll be amazed to discover that the power plays and schemes of today’s political scene are nothing new....


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    This text is part of a series of selected Shakepeare texts designed for student use. The introduction provides criticsim, covering themes, characters and dramatic structure, and helpful notes are provided at the right level on every page, facing the text....

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    Each edition includes:

    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    Essay by Michael Neill

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit www.folger.edu.

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    CHORUS. O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention, A kingdom for a stage, princes to act, And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! Then should the warlike Harry, like himself, Assume the port of Mars; and at his heels, Leash'd in like hounds, should famine, sword, and fire, Crouch for employment. But pardon, gentles all, The flat unraised spirits that hath dar'd On this unworthy scaffold to bring forth So great an object. Can this cockpit hold The vasty fields of France? Or may we cram Within this wooden O the very casques That did affright the air at Agincourt? O, pardon! since a crooked figure may Attest in little place a million; And let us, ciphers to this great accompt,...

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    "For never was a story of more woe
    Than this of Juliet and her Romeo."

    Romeo and Juliet is the tragic story of "star-crossed lovers" from feuding families. Complete with a masquerade ball, a duel, a secret marriage, a sleeping potion, and pushy parents, the play packs a lot of action and emotion into five days of passion, romance, duplicity, and tragedy. Now you can end your Shakespearian woes with this modern translation and aids that make understanding the play quick and painless:

    • A brief synopsis of the plot and action
    • A comprehensive character list that describes the characteristics, motivations, and actions of each major player
    • A visual character map that shows the relationships of major characters
    • A cycle-of-death graphic that pinpoints the sequence of deaths and includes who dies, how they die, and why
    • Reflective questions that help you understand the themes of the play

    With Shakespeare on the Double! Romeo and Juliet, you may just fall in love with the Bard....


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    Includes the unabridged text of Shakespeare's classic play plus a complete study guide that helps readers gain a thorough understanding of the work's content and context. The comprehensive guide includes scene-by-scene summaries, explanations and discussions of the plot, question-and-answer sections, author biography, analytical paper topics, list of characters, bibliography, and more.
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    Hailed by The Washington Post as "a definitive synthesis of the best editions" and by The Times of London as "a monument to Shakespearean scholarship," The Oxford Shakespeare is the ultimate anthology of the Bard's work: the most authoritative edition of the plays and poems ever published. Now, almost two decades after the original volume, Oxford is proud to announce a thoroughly updated second edition, including for the first time the texts of The Reign of Edward III and Sir Thomas More, recognizing these two plays officially as authentic works by Shakespeare. This beautiful collection is the product of years of full-time research by a team of British and American scholars and represents the most thorough examination ever undertaken of the nature and authority of Shakespeare's work. The editors reconsidered every detail of the text in the light of modern scholarship and they thoroughly re-examined the earliest printed versions of the plays, firmly establishing the canon and chronological order of composition. All stage directions have been reconsidered in light of original staging, and many new directions for essential action have been added. This superb volume also features a brief introduction to each work as well as an illuminating General Introduction. Finally, the editors have added a wealth of secondary material, including an essay on language, a list of contemporary allusions to Shakespeare, an index of Shakespearean characters, a glossary, a consolidated bibliography, and an index of first lines of the Sonnets. Compiled by the world's leading authorities, packed with information, and attractively designed, The Oxford Shakespeare is the gold standard of Shakespearean anthologies....

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    "Et tu Brute?" One of Shakespeare's best works, revised and repackaged, featuring a new Overview by Sylvan Barnet, former Chairman of the English Department at Tufts University. Includes an updated bibliography, suggested references, stage and film history, and an overview of Shakespeare's life....

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    No more "Double, double, toil and trouble?"

    Now you can learn Shakespeare on the double!

    Macbeth has all the ingredients of a modern day bestseller-greed, ambition, murder, mayhem, madness, politics, assassinations, hallucinations, prophecies, spells, and rebellion. Potions and emotions simmer. One betrayal leads to another. Now you can sit back and read Macbeth like the thriller it is! This modern, easy-to-understand translation makes reading it quick and painless. Other aids make following the action and grasping the meaning a snap:

    • A brief synopsis of the plot and action
    • A comprehensive character list that describes the characteristics, motivations, and actions of each major player
    • A visual character map that shows the relationships of major characters
    • A cycle-of-death graphic that pinpoints the sequence of deaths and includes who dies, how they die, and why
    • Reflective questions that help you understand the themes of the play

    Shakespeare on the Double! Macbeth lets you enjoy this classic play your way!...


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    "I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series. Here is an elegant and clear text for either the study or the rehearsal room, notes where you need them and the distinguished scholarship of the general editors, Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller who understand that these are plays for performance as well as great texts for contemplation." (Patrick Stewart)The distinguished Pelican Shakespeare series, which has sold more than four million copies, is now completely revised and repackaged.Each volume features:* Authoritative, reliable texts* High quality introductions and notes* New, more readable trade trim size* An essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare and essays on Shakespeare's life and the selection of texts...

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    The work of the world's greatest dramatist is edited by outstanding scholars and presented here, along with an extensive overview of Shakespeare's life, world and theater, a special note on the sources from which Shakespeare derived this work, dramatic criticism, commentaries, and much more....

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    Folger Shakespeare Library
    The world's leading center for Shakespeare studies

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on the page facing each sonnet
    • A brief introduction to each sonnet, providing insight into its possible meaning
    • An index of first lines
    • An essay by Professor Lynne Magnusson, a leading Shakespeare scholar, providing a modern perspective on the poems
    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs....


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    Shakespeare's last play is a mystical drama of estrangement and reconciliation. Deposed from his dukedom in Milan and cast out to sea with his daughter, Miranda, Prospero has a miraculous power over the island on which they have made their home. As the play begins, Prospero has used his art to bring about another shipwreck. This time his usurping brother and his colleagues are cast ashore, but through the power of magic, love and forgiveness, chaos is gradually transformed into order. This edition of the text contains notes, a glossary and an introduction....

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    The latest in the breakout series Manga Shakespeare, introducing teens to a new kind of Bard.

    Shipwrecks, long-lost families, and a powerful magician make Shakespeare’s masterpiece perfect for the Manga Shakespeare. Miranda and her father, Prospero, have been on an isolated island for twelve years. When the survivors of a shipwreck land on the island (thanks to Prospero’s magical machinations), they’re drawn into a web of coincidences, love at first sight, and old grievances that only Prospero’s forgiveness can remedy. Full of tricks and intrigue and ingeniously adapted into the manga form, The Tempest is a rollicking read for both Shakespeare aficionados and those coming to him for the first time.
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    FOLGER Shakespeare Library

    The world's leading center for Shakespeare studies

    Each edition includes:

    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play
    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries
    • A key to famous lines and phrases
    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language
    • An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books
    • Essay by Jonathan Gil Harris

      The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs....


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    Shakespeare became famous as a dazzling poet before most people even knew that he wrote plays. His sonnets are the English language’s most extraordinary anatomy of love in all its dimensions–desire and despair, longing and loss, adoration and disgust. To read them is to confront morality and eternity in the same breath. Produced under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today’s most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, The Sonnets and Other Poems includes all of Shakespeare’s sonnets, the long narrative poems “Venus and Adonis” and “The Rape of Lucrece,” and several other shorter works.

    Incorporating definitive texts and authoritative notes from William Shakespeare: Complete Works, this unique volume also includes an expanded Introduction by Jonathan Bate that places the poems in literary and historical context and illuminates their relationship to Shakespeare’s dramatic writing. Also featured are key facts about the individual selections; an index of the first lines of the sonnets; a chronology of Shakespeare’s life and times; and recommendations for further reading.

    Ideal for students and general readers alike, this modern and accessible edition sets a new standard in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century....

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    This is the latest edition in this successful series. It is fully annotated, with the notes facing the text. There are helpful sections at the front, and at the back there is a very wide range of questions for students, as well as the background to Shakespeare's England. This book is intended for interest age: 14-16...

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    FOLGER Shakespeare Library

    The world's leading center for Shakespeare studies

    Each edition includes:

    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    Essay by David McCandless

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit www.folger.edu.

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    No Fear Shakespeare gives you the complete text of Henry IV Part One and Two on the left-hand page, side-by-side with an easy-to-understand translation on the right.

     

    Each No Fear Shakespeare contains

    • The complete text of the original play
    • A line-by-line translation that puts Shakespeare into everyday language
    • A complete list of characters with descriptions
    • Plenty of helpful commentary
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    FROM THE WORLD FAMOUS ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, THE FIRST AUTHORITATIVE, MODERNIZED, AND CORRECTED EDITION OF SHAKESPEARE’S FIRST FOLIO IN THREE CENTURIES.

    Skillfully assembled by Shakespeare’s fellow actors in 1623, the First Folio was the original Complete Works. It is arguably the most important literary work in the English language. But starting with Nicholas Rowe in 1709 and continuing to the present day, Shakespeare editors have mixed Folio and Quarto texts, gradually corrupting the original Complete Works with errors and conflated textual variations.

    Now Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today’s most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, have edited the First Folio as a complete book, resulting in a definitive Complete Works for the twenty-first century.
    Combining innovative scholarship with brilliant commentary and textual analysis that emphasizes performance history and values, this landmark edition will be indispensable to students, theater professionals, and general readers alike.

    For more information on this Modern Library edition, visit www.therscshakespeare.com...

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    ""The Winter's Tale" is high fantasy, a tale to be told by the fire! The play belongs to the type known as "tragicomedy", but Shakespeare has separated the tragedy from the comedy. The first part has the same kind of tragic development as "Othello"; the second part is pure idyllic comedy. "The Winter's Tale" is a far better play to hear and see than to read; it needs the voice of the actor to give it life." - G.B. Harrison, editor of texts for The Shakespeare Recording Society....

    69.
    The Oxford School Shakespeare is a well-established series which helps students understand and enjoy Shakespeare's plays. As well as the complete and unabridged text, each play in this series has an extensive range of students' notes. These include detailed and clear explanations of difficult words and passages, a synopsis of the plot, summaries of individual scenes, and notes on the main characters. Also included is a wide range of questions and activities for work in class, together with the historical background to Shakespeare's England, a brief biography of Shakespeare, and a complete list of his plays. This topical and relevant play is a new addition to the Oxford School Shakespeare. The text follows the redesign of the series, photographs of recent stage productions have been included, and the attractive cover design follows the revised series style. Roma Gill, the series editor, has taught Shakespeare at all levels. She has acted in and directed Shakespeare's plays, and has lectured on Shakespeare all over the world....

    70.
    "I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series. Here is an elegant and clear text for either the study or the rehearsal room, notes where you need them and the distinguished scholarship of the general editors, Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller who understand that these are plays for performance as well as great texts for contemplation." (Patrick Stewart)

    The distinguished Pelican Shakespeare series, which has sold more than four million copies, is now completely revised and repackaged.

    Each volume features:

    * Authoritative, reliable texts

    * High quality introductions and notes

    * New, more readable trade trim size

    * An essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare and essays on Shakespeare's life and the selection of texts...


    71.
    Oxford School Shakespeare is an acclaimed series especially designed for students, with accessible on-page notes that are easy to find and crystal clear. Each volume also includes decorative and explanatory illustrations, clear background information, rigorous but accessible commentary, up-to-date reading lists, the addresses of relevant websites, and classroom notes - all to help students to better appreciate the great works of Shakespeare. Now the six most popular books in the series have received a fresh new look....

    72.
    In Much Ado About Nothing, Beatrice and Benedick trade insults and fall in love in the sunny Italian court of the Duke—but the Duke’s brother has devious plans to ruin the happy mood. Manga readers can now enjoy the wit and drama of these plays firsthand.
    ...

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    74.
    "I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series. Here is an elegant and clear text for either the study or the rehearsal room, notes where you need them and the distinguished scholarship of the general editors, Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller who understand that these are plays for performance as well as great texts for contemplation." (Patrick Stewart)

    The distinguished Pelican Shakespeare series, which has sold more than four million copies, is now completely revised and repackaged.

    Each volume features:

    * Authoritative, reliable texts

    * High quality introductions and notes

    * New, more readable trade trim size

    * An essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare and essays on Shakespeare's life and the selection of texts...


    75.
    This edition of The Merchant of Venice, based on a fresh examination of the early editions, includes an exceptionally lucid and accessible introduction which addresses Shakespeare's attitude toward Semitism and establishes the cultural, historical, and literary context in which Shakespeare wrote the play. An interesting range of production photographs and drawings of Renaissance merchants and Jews, and a survey of the play's stage history ranging from discussions of its early staging to important twentieth-century productions and performances outside England, particularly Israel, makes this an ideal edition for students, actors, and the general reader....

    76.
    In a society dominated by religion and bound by ties of strict family loyalty, two teenagers are trapped by their secret love. As a dangerous vendetta spills onto the streets, the young lovers are forced to risk all to be together in Shakespeare’s fast-paced tragedy of thwarted love.

    Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today’s most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, this Modern Library series incorporates definitive texts and authoritative notes from William Shakespeare: Complete Works. Each play includes an Introduction as well as an overview of Shakespeare’s theatrical career; commentary on past and current productions based on interviews with leading directors, actors, and designers; scene-by-scene analysis; key facts about the work; a chronology of Shakespeare’s life and times; and black-and-white illustrations.

    Ideal for students, theater professionals, and general readers, these modern and accessible editions from the Royal Shakespeare Company set a new standard in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century....

    77.
    The story: only days after finishing his widely-praised production of "Hamlet in the West End", David Tennant came into the Naxos AudioBooks studio to record some of Shakespeare's finest sonnets, including "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?". He joined a strong cast of readers presenting some 70 sonnets in fresh performances to mark the 400th anniversary of the first publication of "The Sonnets" in 1609....

    78.
    "I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series. Here is an elegant and clear text for either the study or the rehearsal room, notes where you need them and the distinguished scholarship of the general editors, Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller who understand that these are plays for performance as well as great texts for contemplation." (Patrick Stewart)

    The distinguished Pelican Shakespeare series, which has sold more than four million copies, is now completely revised and repackaged.

    Each volume features:

    * Authoritative, reliable texts

    * High quality introductions and notes

    * New, more readable trade trim size

    * An essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare and essays on Shakespeare's life and the selection of texts...


    79.
    This text is part of a series of selected Shakepeare texts designed for student use. The introduction provides criticsim, covering themes, characters and dramatic structure, and helpful notes are provided at the right level on every page, facing the text....

    80.

    Each edition includes:


    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books


    Essay by Catherine Belsey


    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs....


    81.
    The world-class writers featured in this collection are adept at conjuring the depth of passion that surrounds all stories of love and loss. The short story form is perfect for capturing the uplift and dizzying heights that accompany a new object of affection, as well as the queasy unease and bottomless longing of lost loves....

    82.
    Oxford School Shakespeare is an acclaimed edition especially designed for students, with accessible on-page notes and explanatory illustrations, clear background information, and rigorous but accessible scholarly credentials. In this edition of The Tempest, illustrations have been extended and updated; the preliminary notes have been expanded; reading lists have been updated, and include websites; and the classroom notes have been brought in line with recent practice. The Tempest is a set text for 11-14 year olds in England and remains one of the most accessible and popular of Shakespeare's plays for secondary students the world over....

    83.
    Like every other play in the Cambridge School Shakespeare series, King Richard II has been specially prepared to help all students in schools and colleges. This version of Richard II aims to be different from other editions of the play. It invites you to bring the play to life in your classroom through enjoyable activities that will help increase your understanding. You are encourage to make up your own mind about the play, rather than have someone else's interpretation handed down to you. Whatever you do, remember that Shakespeare wrote his plays to be acted, watched and enjoyed....

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    For four centuries Twelfth Night has inspired theatre directors and performers: some have found class war; some have seen Malvolio as a tragic hero; some have found a passive Viola and others have found an action woman. Whether a production's emphasis is on gender bending, festivity, or trying to reinvent Shakespeare as Chekhov, the sheer variety of Twelfth Nights on offer over the centuries attests to the play's power as a stimulus to theatrical creativity. The dazzling range of the Twelfth Nights considered here includes the productively wayward as well as the conventionally respectable, productions which play to the contemporary market as well as those that seek to flout tradition. This indispensable stage history covers changing fashions in the fortunes of Twelfth Night, and includes a survey of a wide variety of theatrical interpretations of the play in the English-speaking world....

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    FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY

    THE WORLD'S LEADING CENTER FOR SHAKESPEARE STUDIES

    This edition includes:

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on the page facing each sonnet and poem
    • A brief introduction to each sonnet and poem, providing insight and context
    • Introductions to reading Shakespeare's language in the sonnets and in the poems
    • Essays by leading Shakespeare scholars who provide modern perspectives on the sonnets and on the poems
    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    Essays by Lynne Magnusson and Catherine Belsey

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit www.folger.edu....


    88.
    Presents the original text of Shakespeare's play side by side with a modern version, discusses the author and the theater of his time, and provides quizzes and other study activities....

    89.

    No Fear Shakespeare gives you the complete text of Twelfth Night on the left-hand page, side-by-side with an easy-to-understand translation on the right.

     

    Each No Fear Shakespeare contains

    • The complete text of the original play
    • A line-by-line translation that puts Shakespeare into everyday language
    • A complete list of characters with descriptions
    • Plenty of helpful commentary
    ...

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    91.
    End your struggle with the Bard’s prose and enjoy the story of gold-digging Petruchio and tongue-lashing Kate. Shakespeare on the Double! The Taming of the Shrew includes an easy-to-understand modern English translation alongside the original Shakespearian text so that you can read only the translation, read the translation with the original text, or tackle the original text, referring only to the translation when you’re stumped. A comprehensive character list describes the traits of each major character, a visual map depicts relationships, and review questions reinforce important information so you won’t miss the action....

    92.

    Each edition includes:


    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books


    Essay by Susan Snyder


    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs....


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    94.
    A play of darkness originally conceived for daylight performance at the Globe, Macbeth is a tour de force of theatrical illusion from the supernatural to mere delusion. In this fully annotated edition, Brooke investigates the great appeal of the play's use of illusion, relating its changing theatrical fortunes to changes within society and in theatrical conditions. Offering a fresh reconsideration of textual problems, the book makes a major contribution to our understanding of the play within aesthetic history....

    95.
    The sudden death of the king, later revealed to be murder. The queen’s all-too-sudden remarriage to the king’s brother, the murderer. The grieving, suspicious Prince Hamlet. Supernatural visitations. Plots, leaks, and counterplots. Poisoned wine. A rigged sword fight.  Revenge.

    With a four-page introduction and an abridged text that remains true to Shakespeare’s wording, setting, and time, this fast-paced, graphic manga edition gets you caught up in the conflicts and passions that make this one of Shakespeare’s most beloved tragedies....


    96.
    MACBETH, Shakespeare's last great tragedy, has remained one of the most popular plays since its first performance in 1606 - probably in front of King James. This exciting audiobook production is directed with fresh imagination by Fiona Shaw who breaks the conventional strait jacket that has hampered the development of Shakespeare on audio. We are as much in the 21st century as in medieval Scotland - the tensions, the politics, the struggle for power and dark ambition is part of our lives. This is also reflected in the sound world, with modern machinery and tanks. MACBETH is part of Naxos AudioBooks' exciting series of complete dramatisations of the works of Shakespeare, in conjunction with Cambridge University Press. It uses the New Cambridge Shakespeare text, as used by the Royal Shakespeare Company and educational institutions across the world....

    97.
    This performance of "King Lear" features an all-star cast....

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    Adopted at more than 1,000 colleges and universities, Bedford/St. Martin's innovative Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism series has introduced more than a quarter of a million students to literary theory and earned enthusiastic praise nationwide. Along with an authoritative text of a major literary work, each volume presents critical essays, selected or prepared especially for students, that approach the work from several contemporary critical perspectives, such as gender criticism and cultural studies. Each essay is accompanied by an introduction (with bibliography) to the history, principles, and practice of its critical perspective. Every volume also surveys the biographical, historical, and critical contexts of the literary work and concludes with a glossary of critical terms. New editions reprint cultural documents that contextualize the literary works and feature essays that show how critical perspectives can be combined.
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    100.
    Newly revised, this edition of "King Lear" features an extensive overview of Shakespeare's life and world; an editor's introduction; a note on the sources; dramatic criticism from the past and present; a comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors and productions; and more....

    101.
    "I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series. Here is an elegant and clear text for either the study or the rehearsal room, notes where you need them and the distinguished scholarship of the general editors, Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller who understand that these are plays for performance as well as great texts for contemplation." (Patrick Stewart)

    The distinguished Pelican Shakespeare series, which has sold more than four million copies, is now completely revised and repackaged.

    Each volume features:

    * Authoritative, reliable texts

    * High quality introductions and notes

    * New, more readable trade trim size

    * An essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare and essays on Shakespeare's life and the selection of texts...


    102.
    With an introduction by W.H. Auden and commentary from Helen Vendler, among others, this volume presents all of Shakeseare's non-dramatic poetry in one place....

    103.
    Unique features include an extensive overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of Signet Classic Shakespeare series, plus a special introduction to the play by the editor Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University. It also contains text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest most readable type. Special introduction by Robert B. Heilman, University of Washington....

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    105.
    This new edition of one of Shakespeare's greatest history plays offers a helpful Introduction to the play's structure, language, and performance history, and notes that provide an illuminating commentary on details of the text....

    106.
    The story of an Ancient Roman soldier whose political machinations and military might gain him heroic status, but ultimately lead to his assassination....

    107.
    This landmark publication is printed in clear, legible type. Each play has its own comprehensive introduction as well as extensive, expert annotations. Highlighted areas show where lines have been altered over time and also shows where verse has been changed to prose in the past (but not here!) The original compositions are marked and folio clues are highlighted. ...

    108.
    Using the "New Cambridge" text, as used by the Royal Shakespeare Company, this is an unabridged version of Shakespeare's most often performed play, "Hamlet ". The production features music by Gorecki, Lutoslawski, Holmboe, Sorensen and Tansman....

    109.
    Oxford School Shakespeare is an acclaimed edition especially designed for students, with accessible on-page notes and explanatory illustrations, clear background information, and rigorous but accessible scholarly credentials. In this edition of The Winter's Tale, illustrations have been extended and updated; the preliminary notes have been expanded; reading lists have been updated, and include websites; and the classroom notes have been brought in line with recent practice....

    110.
    Romeo and Juliet, the 'star-crossed lovers' of Shakespeare's great romantic tragedy, fascinate audiences the world over in many different guises and adaptations, year after year. This recording, along with Hamlet, launched the Naxos AudioBooks series of complete dramatisations of the works of Shakespeare, in conjunction with Cambridge University Press. Michael Sheen is a passionate, impulsive Romeo and directs this superlative cast, including some of the most of the best known names in the British theatre world. Juliet is played with great charm and sensitivity by Kate Beckinsale, Fiona Shaw is a warmly humorous Nurse and Frances Barber plays an icy Lady Capulet. With its energy, passion and careful direction, this recording is an audio work of art....

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    Part of "The New Penguin Shakespeare" series, this text looks at "As You Like It" with an introduction, a list of further reading, commentary and a short account of the textual problems of the play. The series is used and recommended by the Royal Shakespeare Company....

    113.
    FOLGER Shakespeare Library

    THE WORLD'S LEADING CENTER FOR SHAKESPEARE STUDIES

    Each edition includes:

    · Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    · Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    · Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    · A key to famous lines and phrases

    · An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    · An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    · Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    Essay by Stephen Orgel

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs.

    ...

    114.
    The Oxford School Shakespeare is a well-established series which helps students understand and enjoy Shakespeare's plays. As well as the complete and unabridged text, each play in this series has an extensive range of students' notes. These include detailed and clear explanations of difficult words and passages, a synopsis of the plot, summaries of individual scenes, and notes on the main characters. Also included is a wide range of questions and activities for work in class, together with the historical background to Shakespeare's England, a brief biography of Shakespeare, and a complete list of his plays. For this new edition, the text of the play, the notes, and the introductory matter have all been revised so as to make them clearer and more accessible. In addition, the entire text of the book has been redesigned and reset to make it easier to read. The illustrations have been completely redrawn, photographs of recent stage production have been included and there is a new, attractive cover design. Roma Gill, the series editor, has taught Shakespeare at all levels. She has acted in and directed Shakespeare's plays, and has lectured on Shakespeare all over the world....

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    FOLGER Shakespeare Library

    The world's leading center for Shakespeare studies

    Each edition includes:

    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    Essay by Susan Snyder

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to theworld's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet forShakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open tothe public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performancesand programs. For more information, visit www.folger.edu

    ...

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    Presents the original text of Shakespeare's play side by side with a modern version, discusses the author and the theater of his time, and provides quizzes and other study activities....

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    "The New Folger is an edition that all serious Shakespeare students will want to read and accumulate, and one that many teachers of Shakespeare will surely judge the best available."

    -- The Shakespeare Newsletter

    The havoc wrought on lovers by magic in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the furious battle of the sexes waged in The Taming of the Shrew, and a stranded woman finding her way in a man's world in Twelfth Night -- this collection of three of Shakespeare's greatest comedies is based on the acclaimed individual Folger editions of the plays. The present volume offers accurate texts in modern spelling, full explanatory notes, and scene-by-scene action summaries....


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    No Fear Shakespeare gives you the complete text of Hamlet on the left-hand page, side-by-side with an easy-to-understand translation on the right.

     

    Each No Fear Shakespeare contains

    • The complete text of the original play
    • A line-by-line translation that puts Shakespeare into everyday language
    • A complete list of characters with descriptions
    • Plenty of helpful commentary
    ...

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    Each edition includes:
  • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play
  • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
  • Scene-by-scene plot summaries
  • A key to famous lines and phrases
  • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language
  • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
  • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books
  • Essay by Nina Levine

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit www.folger.edu....


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    DUKE. If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken and so die. That strain again! It had a dying fall; O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound That breathes upon a bank of violets, Stealing and giving odour! Enough, no more; 'Tis not so sweet now as it was before. O spirit of love, how quick and fresh art thou! That, notwithstanding thy capacity Receiveth as the sea, nought enters there, Of what validity and pitch soe'er, But falls into abatement and low price Even in a minute. So full of shapes is fancy, That it alone is high fantastical....

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    Contains Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale and The Tempest....

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    One of the most famous dramas of all time, Hamlet is the story of a young prince torn between his dual roles of ruler and son, between introspective moral questioning and swift action. The play is filled with action and provocative inquiry.

    The CliffsComplete Hamlet is a revised and expanded study edition. It contains Shakespeare's original play, a glossary, and expert commentary in a unique, 2-column format. To enhance your learning, notes and definitions appear directly opposite the line in which they occur, and a review section follows the play. This edition also introduces you to the life, works, and times of William Shakespeare....


    124.
    No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels is a series based on the translated texts of the plays found in No Fear Shakespeare. The original No Fear series made Shakespeare’s plays much easier to read, but these dynamic visual adaptations are impossible to put down. Each of the titles is illustrated in its own unique style, but all are distinctively offbeat, slightly funky, and appealing to teen readers. Each book will feature:
    • Illustrated cast of characters
    • A helpful plot summary
    • Line-by-line translations of the original play
    • Illustrations that show the reader exactly what’s happening in each scene—making the plot and characters even clearer than in the original No Fear Shakespeare books
    ...

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    Feuding families—the Montagues and Capulets. Star-crossed lovers—Romeo and Juliet. A street brawl and a masquerade ball. Comedy and tragedy. Murder and revenge.  True romance. A secret marriage. A double suicide.

    This manga edition features a four-page introduction that sets the stage and a text that’s abridged, but retains Shakespeare’s original language, setting, and time. Packed with action and emotion, it is the ideal way to explore Shakespeare’s timeless themes and appreciate his immortal love scenes....


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    Praise for Manga Shakespeare

    ALA Best Book for Young Adults

    ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

     

    “Reluctant readers who appreciate manga and who would not think of picking up the work of Shakespeare are sure to gravitate toward these titles. Even if the text puts them off, they will be drawn to the illustrations. These adaptations would make wonderful additions to any school or public library’s manga collection.” —VOYA

     

    “Refreshingly clear, this adaptation is recommended for all libraries serving teens.” —Kirkus Reviews

     

    “This fresh new way of looking at a classic will draw new readers to Shakespeare, hopefully to discover that his plays are really quite entertaining.” —YAbookscentral.com

     

    Shakespeare’s most commonly studied plays, now the latest additions to the innovative Manga Shakespeare series.
     

    In Shakespeare’s enduring tale of ancient Rome, Julius Caesar is at the height of his powers—but there are men plotting his destruction. Is Caesar a tyrant or a dynamic leader? Are his enemies greedy or noble? The Manga Shakespeare adaptation of this important work maintains the language—and the fierce political intrigue—of the original while including a fresh perspective through the style of modern manga.

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    Othello and As You Like It are the newest additions to the imaginative world of Manga Shakespeare. In the face of the false evidence produced by the conniving Iago, Othello cannot trust his wife, and his mistrust leads to the play’s tragic conclusion. In As You Like It, Rosalind, dressed like a boy, falls in love with Orlando. A mistaken-identity comedy follows, with a happy ending (or the ultimate justice served) for those who deserve it. Both plays have been refreshingly updated in the style of manga while maintaining Shakespeare’s beautiful language.
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    End your struggle with the Bard’s prose and indulge in a romantic comedy that’s better than a soap opera. Shakespeare on the Double! Twelfth Night includes an easy-to-understand modern English translation alongside the original Shakespearian text so that you can read only the translation, read the translation with the original text, or tackle the original text, referring only to the translation when you’re stumped. A comprehensive character list describes the traits of each major character, a visual map depicts relationships, and review questions reinforce important information so you won’t miss the action....

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    Oxford School Shakespeare is an acclaimed series especially designed for students, with accessible on-page notes that are easy to find and crystal clear. Each volume also includes decorative and explanatory illustrations, clear background information, rigorous but accessible commentary, up-to-date reading lists, the addresses of relevant websites, and classroom notes - all to help students to better appreciate the great works of Shakespeare. Now the six most popular books in the series have received a fresh new look....

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    Shakespeare's valedictory play is also one of his most poetical and magical. The story involves the spirit Ariel, the savage Caliban, and Prospero, the banished Duke of Milan, now a wizard living on a remote island who uses his magic to shipwreck a party of ex-compatriots.
    ...

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    Each edition includes:


    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books


    Essay by Natasha Korda


    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs....


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    Each edition includes:


    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books


    Essay by Michael Neill


    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs....


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    Each edition includes:


    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books


    Essay by Barbara A. Mowat


    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs....


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    The Merchant of Venice is probably the most controversial of all Shakespeare's plays. It is also one of the least understood. Is it a comedy or a tragedy? What is the meaning behind the test of the caskets? Who is the real villain of the trial scene? Is Shylock simply vicious and venomous, or is he more sinned against than sinning? Can the play be described as anti-semitic? What exactly is the quality of mercy? Is Portia one of the great Christian heroines of western literature? And what of the comedy of the rings with which Shakespeare ends the play? These questions and many others are answered in this critical edition of one of the Bard's liveliest plays....

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    Richard III is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays on the stage and has been adapted successfully for film. This new and innovative edition recognizes the play's pre-eminence as a performance work: a perspective that informs every aspect of the editing. Challenging traditional practice, the text is based on the 1597 Quarto which, brings us closest to the play as it would have been staged in Shakespeare's theater. The introduction, which is illustrated, explores the long performance history from Shakespeare's time to the present. The commentary gives detailed explanation of matters of language, staging, text, and historical and cultural contexts, providing coverage that is both carefully balanced and alert to nuance of meaning. Documentation of the extensive textual variants is organized for maximum clarity: the readings of the Folio and the Quarto are presented in separate sections, andmore specific information is given at the back of the book. Appendices also include selected passages from the main source and a special index of actors and other theatrical personnel....

    142.
    Love's Labour's Lost, the first work to bear Shakespeare's name on its title page, differs greatly from his other early plays both for its highly unorthodox ending and its extraordinary use of language. This new edition presents a highly readable, modernised text of the play, freshly edited from the first quarto published in 1598. A thorough but concise scholarly and critical commentary provides exciting new perspectives on Love's Labour's Lost, and a comprehensive introduction discusses the significant elements of the play and its place in theatrical history. New critical trends are reflected in the special attention paid to the play's performance history since 1950, including films and adaptations, with illustrations of several productions. Engaging and illuminating, this will be an invaluable guide for seasoned scholars as well as students approaching the play for the first time....

    143.
    Dramatizing the political battles in Rome during the height of the Pax Romanum, Shakespeare pits Caesar against an untold number of conspirators and lets the daggers fly. Antony comes in at the end to clean up the mess and carry on the rule of the Caesars.

    The CliffsComplete Julius Caesar is a revised and expanded study edition. It contains Shakespeare's original play, a glossary, and expert commentary in a unique, 2-column format. To enhance your learning, notes and definitions appear directly opposite the line in which they occur, and a review section follows the play. This edition also introduces you to the life, works, and times of William Shakespeare....

    144.
    Othello and As You Like It are the newest additions to the imaginative world of Manga Shakespeare. In the face of the false evidence produced by the conniving Iago, Othello
    cannot trust his wife, and his mistrust leads to the play’s tragic conclusion. In As You Like It, Rosalind, dressed like a boy, falls in love with Orlando. A mistaken-identity comedy follows, with a happy ending (or the ultimate justice served) for those who deserve it. Both plays have been refreshingly updated in the style of manga while maintaining Shakespeare’s beautiful language.
     
    F&P level: Z
    ...

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    This Norton Critical Edition looks at the full range of opinion and interpretation of this major play from its origins to the present day, from its “genius” (William Hazlitt) to its being a “hateful work, although Shakespearean throughout” (Samuel Taylor Coleridge), and beyond. The Norton Critical Edition is based on the 1623 First Folio text, the only authoritative edition of the play. The editor has modernized spelling but preserves, for the most part, the original lineation and characteristically heavy punctuation. The text of Measure for Measure is accompanied by a full introduction, a note on the text, textual variants, and related illustrations.

    “Sources” considers the probable, primary, and analogous sources Shakespeare drew upon while composing Measure for Measure, including excerpts from G. B. Giraldi Cinthio’s Hecatommithi and The Tragedy of Epitia, King James I’s Basilikon Doron, and—most directly—George Whetstone’s The History of Promos and Cassandra.

    “Criticism” collects seventeen important commentaries on Measure for Measure spanning four centuries, including, among others, those by Alexander Pope, Charlotte Lennox, Samuel Johnson, Elizabeth Inchbald, A. C. Bradley, G. Wilson Knight, Jonathan Dollimore, and Marliss C. Desens.

    “Adaptations and Responses” reprints alternative versions of the play: William D’avenant’s The Law Against Lovers (1662), Charles Gildon’s Measure of Measure, or, Beauty the Best Advocate (1700), and Charles Marowitz’s postmodern version (1975).

    A Selected Bibliography is also included.

    ....

    147.
    The shortest and probably earliest of Shakespeare's comedies, The Comedy of Errors is the story of identical twin brothers who are raised apart-and then mistaken for each other....

    148.
    Witches and prophesies. Fate and fortune.. Murders and atrocities. Insomnia and insanity. Unchecked aspirations and even decapitation. Power-crazed and convinced of his own invincibility, Macbeth, the Scottish war hero, turns into a serial killer, annihilating anybody who gets in his way.

    A four-page introduction gets you involved, and an abridged text makes the action fast-paced. The text is true to Shakespeare’s original language, setting, and time. This manga edition gets you quickly engrossed in Macbeth’s blood-soaked path to power....


    149.

    Folger Shakespeare Library

    The world's leading center for Shakespeare studies

    Each edition includes:


    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    Essay by Susan Snyder

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs....


    150.
    Each title in Barron’s popular and enduring Shakespeare Made Easy series presents the complete text of a Shakespeare play with Shakespeare’s original lines printed on left-hand pages and a modern, easy-to-understand “translation” of the Bard’s Elizabethan English on facing right-hand pages. In addition to the play, each book presents helpful background information for students that places each play in historical perspective, as well as quizzes and questions that teachers can use for short tests and classroom discussions. Here are fine introductions to many of the greatest plays ever written--literary classics that every student should know and understand. In Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, a masquerade ball provides the setting for a case of mistaken identity. But love triumphs at the end for Beatrice and Benedick....

    151.
    Arguably Shakespeare's finest and most important play, Hamlet is also one of the most misunderstood masterpieces of world literature. "To be or not to be", may be the question, but the answer has eluded many generations of critics. What does it mean "to be"? And is everything as it seems to be? These are the questions that are asked and answered in the introduction by Joseph Pearce, author of The Quest for Shakespeare, and in the tradition-oriented critical essays by leading Shakespeare scholars that can be found in this groundbreaking edition of Shakespeare's masterpiece. To see or not to see, that is the question. The Ignatius Critical Edition of Hamlet will help many people truly see the play and its deepest meaning in a new and surprising light....

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    "I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series. Here is an elegant and clear text for either the study or the rehearsal room, notes where you need them and the distinguished scholarship of the general editors, Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller who understand that these are plays for performance as well as great texts for contemplation." (Patrick Stewart)The distinguished Pelican Shakespeare series, which has sold more than four million copies, is now completely revised and repackaged.Each volume features:* Authoritative, reliable texts* High quality introductions and notes* New, more readable trade trim size* An essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare and essays on Shakespeare's life and the selection of texts...

    154.
    With new editors who have incorporated the most up-to-date scholarship, this revised Pelican Shakespeare series will be the premiere choice for students, professors, and general readers well into the twenty-first century.

    Each volume features:
    Authoritative, reliable texts
    High quality introductions and notes
    New, more readable trade trim size
    An essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare and essays on Shakespeare's life and the selection of texts...

    155.
    Includes an updated bibliography, suggested references, and state and film history, a New Overview by Sylvan Barnet, former chairman of the English Department at Tufts University....

    156.

    Folger Shakespeare Library

    The world's leading center for Shakespeare studies

    Each edition includes:


    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    Essay by Alexander Leggatt

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs....


    157.
    FOLGER Shakespeare Library

    The world's leading center for Shakespeare studies

    Each edition includes:

    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    Essay by Deborah T. Curren-Aquino

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit www.folger.edu.

    ...

    158.
    Combining manga and the timeless texts of Shakespeare’s plays, this series translates some of the greatest works of literature into a new format. In King Lear, the aging king—here a Native American—must decide how to split his kingdom among his daughters. When he scorns his one dutiful daughter and trusts the two selfish ones, he pays a steep price.
    ...

    159.
    Here are the books that help teach Shakespeare plays without the teacher constantly needing to explain and define Elizabethan terms, slang, and other ways of expression that are different from our own. Each play is presented with Shakespeare's original lines on each left-hand page, and a modern, easy-to-understand "translation" on the facing right-hand page. All dramas are complete, with every original Shakespearian line, and a full-length modern rendition of the text. These invaluable teaching-study guides also include:

    1. Helpful background information that puts each play in its historical perspective.

    2. Discussion questions that teachers can use to spark student class participation, and which students can use as springboards for their own themes and term papers.

    3. Fact quizzes, sample examinations, and other features that improve student comprehension of what each play is about....


    160.
    Shakespeare shines a fierce spotlight on the jealous heart and on our attitudes toward the outsider. A story of its time and for our time, full of terror and beauty, Othello is urgent, gripping, radical, and beautiful.

    Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today’s most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, this Modern Library series incorporates definitive texts and authoritative notes from William Shakespeare: Complete Works. Each play includes an Introduction as well as an overview of Shakespeare’s theatrical career; commentary on past and current productions based on interviews with leading directors, actors, and designers; scene-by-scene analysis; key facts about the work; a chronology of Shakespeare’s life and times; and black-and-white illustrations.

    Ideal for students, theater professionals, and general readers, these modern and accessible editions from the Royal Shakespeare Company set a new standard in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century....

    161.
    For this new edition, the text of the play, the notes, and the introductory matter have all been revised so as to make them clearer and more accessible. In addition, the entire text of the book has been redesigned and reset to make it easier to read. The illustrations have been completely redrawn, photographs of recent stage production have been included and there is a new, attractive cover design....

    162.

    Treacherous, power-hungry, untempered by moral restraint, and embittered by physical deformity, Richard, the younger brother of King Edward IV, is ablaze with ambition to take England’s throne. Richard III, Shakespeare’s long chronicle of Richard’s machinations to be king, is a tale of murder upon murder. He gains the throne, but only briefly. In a terrible dream, the ghosts of his victims visit the now-despised monarch to foretell his demise. Richard's death in battle the next day concludes his reign of evil, ushering in at last a new and hopeful era of peace for England. 

    ...

    163.
    This new edition of As You Like It is part of the established Cambridge School Shakespeare series and has been substantially updated with new and revised activities throughout. Remaining faithful to the series' active approach it treats the play as a script to be acted, explored and enjoyed. As well as the complete script of As You Like It, you will find a variety of classroom-tested activities, an eight-page colour section and an enlarged selection of notes including information on characters, performance, history and language....

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    THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY....

    165.
    "I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series. Here is an elegant and clear text for either the study or the rehearsal room, notes where you need them and the distinguished scholarship of the general editors, Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller who understand that these are plays for performance as well as great texts for contemplation." (Patrick Stewart)

    The distinguished Pelican Shakespeare series, which has sold more than four million copies, is now completely revised and repackaged.

    Each volume features:

    * Authoritative, reliable texts

    * High quality introductions and notes

    * New, more readable trade trim size

    * An essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare and essays on Shakespeare's life and the selection of texts...


    166.
    Comedy, tragedy, and history are masterfully represented in this anthology of Shakespeare's works. Features A Midsummer Night's Dream, a celebration of the imaginative powers of love; Romeo and Juliet, a gripping and passionate romantic drama; and Richard III, a portrait of a villain who seduces, betrays, and murders his way to the throne. Includes informative footnotes.

    ...

    167.
    Set in a courtly world of masked revels and dances, this play turns on the archetypal story of a lady falsely accused of unfaithfulness, spurned by her bridegroom, and finally vindicated and reunited with him. Villainy, schemes, and deceits threaten to darken the brilliant humor and sparkling wordplay–but the hilarious counterplot of a warring couple, Beatrice and Benedick, steals the scene as the two are finally tricked into admitting their love for each other in Shakespeare’s superb comedy of manners.

    Each Edition Includes:
    • Comprehensive explanatory notes
    • Vivid introductions and the most up-to-date scholarship
    • Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary readers to understand the Elizabethan English
    • Completely updated, detailed bibliographies and performance histories
    • An interpretive essay on film adaptations of the play, along with an extensive filmography


    From the Paperback edition....

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    Part of "The New Penguin Shakespeare" series which offers a complete edition of the plays and poems. Each volume has been prepared from the original texts and includes an introduction, a list of further reading, a full commentary and a short account of the textual problems of the play....

    172.
    In the modern theater, Twelfth Night is one of the most popular of Shakespeare's plays, and this edition places particular emphasis on its theatrical qualities in both the introduction and the full and detailed commentary. Where original music has not survived, James Walker has composed settings compatible with the surviving originals, freshly edited so that this edition, unique among modern editions, offers all the music required to perform the play. It will be invaluable to actors, directors, and students at all levels....

    173.
    The "New Penguin Shakespeare" offers a complete edition of the plays and poems. "Henry IV, Part One" has been prepared from the original text, and includes an introduction, a list of further reading, a full commentary and a short account of the textual problems of the play....

    174.
    Each edition includes:

    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    Essay by Susan Snyder

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit www.folger.edu.

    ...

    175.
    Shakespeare’s immortal drama is retold here in a graphic novel format. Julius Caesar, emperor of Rome, is brutally assassinated, but soon the conspirators Brutus, Marc Antony, and Cassius turn against one another to spark a civil war. Barron’s popular and growing series of Graphic Classics titles introduce many of the world’s literary masterpieces to young readers. Elementary and secondary school teachers will value these books as a way to make great novels and plays accessible to their students—especially to those students who resist reading. Presented in graphic novel format, each title tells an absorbing, fast-paced story dramatized with high-quality color illustrations. After delving into any of these stimulating titles, many boys and girls will feel encouraged to discover the joy of reading the masterworks in their original form. Each Graphic Classics title includes a thumbnail biography of the author, a list of his or her important works, a timeline of historic events that helped inspire the story, general notes, and an index. Graphic Classics titles are available in both paperback and hardcover editions....

    176.
    Now presenting Manga Shakespeare—the Bard’s greatest plays in an accessible, lively format for a new generation of readers

    <Romeo and Juliet is ideally suited for the manga format—it has teenage heroes, scheming and villainous adults, heartbreaking tragedy, and the ultimate romantic plot about star-cross’d lovers. Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, fall deeply in love—and they refuse to let their parents’ age-old feud get in their way. When Romeo is banished from their town, a series of mistakes and misunderstandings, along with their families’ mutual hatred, finally manages to end their love. An exciting introduction to the Bard for reluctant readers and manga fans alike....

    177.
    Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Hesperides Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork....

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    Oxford School Shakespeare is an acclaimed series especially designed for students, with accessible on-page notes that are easy to find and crystal clear. Each volume also includes decorative and explanatory illustrations, clear background information, rigorous but accessible commentary, up-to-date reading lists, the addresses of relevant websites, and classroom notes - all to help students to better appreciate the great works of Shakespeare. Now the six most popular books in the series have received a fresh new look....

    181.

    Folger Shakespeare Library

    The world's leading center for Shakespeare studies

    Each edition includes:


    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    Essay by Karen Newman

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs....


    182.
    The complete script to the critically acclaimed play. ...

    183.
    The text of this Norton Critical Edition is that of the First Folio, printed in 1623. Additions and emendations adopted from the First Quarto (1622) appear in the Textual Notes that follow the play. Othello is accompanied by detailed explanatory annotations.

    "Sources and Contexts" reprints the sixteenth-century story by Giraldi Cinthio that Shakespeare used for the plot of Othello and for many of its details. Edward Pechter's essay provides context for readers through its discussion of the play's central topics—Moors, Turks, Venetians, marriage and domesticity, fathers and daughters, and female sexuality.

    Seventeen wide-ranging interpretive essays are reprinted. Contributors include Samuel Johnson, William Hazlitt, T. S. Eliot, Kenneth Burke, Lynda E. Boose, Mark Rose, and Patricia Parker.

    An annotated Selected Bibliography is also included.

    About the series: No other series of classic texts equals the caliber of the Norton Critical Editions. Each volume combines the most authoritative text available with the comprehensive pedagogical apparatus necessary to appreciate the work fully. Careful editing, first-rate translation, and thorough explanatory annotations allow each text to meet the highest literary standards while remaining accessible to students. Each edition is printed on acid-free paper and every text in the series remains in print. Norton Critical Editions are the choice for excellence in scholarship for students at more than 2,000 universities worldwide....


    184.
    The series of which this title forms a part examines the way in which all the major editions of Shakespeare's plays have been interpolated by a series of editors who have been systematically changing Shakespeare's texts from the 18th century onwards. This text looks at "Measure for Measure"....

    185.
    "To be or not to be" confounded by Shakespeare-that is the question.

    Hamlet is an action-packed thriller with apparitions, murder, revenge, deception, poisons, and diabolical traps. With timeless themes, it explores friendship, relationships, honor, fate, madness, and more. Now you can savor Hamlet in a modern, easy-to-understand translation that makes reading it quick and painless. Other aids make following the action and grasping the meaning a snap:

    • A brief synopsis of the plot and action
    • A comprehensive character list that describes the characteristics, motivations, and actions of each major player
    • A visual character map that shows the relationships of major characters
    • A cycle-of-death graphic that pinpoints the sequence of deaths and includes who dies, how they die, and why
    • Reflective questions that help you understand the themes of the play

    With Shakespeare on the Double! Hamlet, you'll be enlightened instead of confounded....


    186.
    "Et tu Brute?" One of Shakespeare's best works, revised and repackaged, featuring a new Overview by Sylvan Barnet, former Chairman of the English Department at Tufts University. Includes an updated bibliography, suggested references, stage and film history, and an overview of Shakespeare's life....

    187.
    Set in a courtly world of masked revels and dances, this play turns on the archetypal story of a lady falsely accused of unfaithfulness, spurned by her bridegroom, and finally vindicated and reunited with him. Villainy, schemes, and deceits threaten to darken the brilliant humor and sparkling wordplay–but the hilarious counterplot of a warring couple, Beatrice and Benedick, steals the scene as the two are finally tricked into admitting their love for each other in Shakespeare’s superb comedy of manners.

    Each Edition Includes:
    • Comprehensive explanatory notes
    • Vivid introductions and the most up-to-date scholarship
    • Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary readers to understand the Elizabethan English
    • Completely updated, detailed bibliographies and performance histories
    • An interpretive essay on film adaptations of the play, along with an extensive filmography...

    188.
    FOLGER Shakespeare Library

    The world's leading center for Shakespeare studies

    Each edition includes:

    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    Essay by Coppélia Kahn

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to theworld's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet forShakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open tothe public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performancesand programs. For more information, visit www.folger.edu.

    ...

    189.
    FOLGER Shakespeare Library

    The world's leading center for Shakespeare studies

    Each edition includes:

    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    Essay by Gail Kern Paster

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to theworld's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet forShakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open tothe public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performancesand programs. For more information, visit www.folger.edu.

    ...

    190.
    In this Graphic Classics version of a famous Shakespearean tragedy, mortal enmity exists between the powerful houses of Montague and Capulet, but Romeo, the MontaguesÂ’ son, and Juliet, daughter of the Capulets, are in love. Theirs is a romance destined to end in tragedy. Graphic Classics are graphic novel versions of immortal novels and plays, presented in a way to help make great literary works accessible to students, and encourage boys and girls to discover the joy of reading the masterworks in their original form. Titles in this series tell absorbing, fast-paced stories dramatized with high-quality color illustrations. Each Graphic Classics title includes a thumbnail biography of the author, a list of his or her important works, a timeline of historic events that helped inspire the story, general notes, and an index. Graphic Classics titles are available in both paperback and hardcover editions....

    191.
    Now presenting Manga Shakespeare—the Bard’s greatest plays in an accessible, lively format for a new generation of readers

    Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays, and this exciting new retelling provides young readers an innovative introduction to “the melancholy Dane.” Hamlet is your typical angst-ridden teen—he doesn’t know how to deal with his responsibilities, how to treat his girlfriend, or how to react to his father’s death. He has no one to trust, and he even acts crazy so adults will leave him alone. Manga fans—and kids who find Shakespeare intimidating—will be drawn to the style and action of the Manga Shakespeare series, learning that required reading doesn’t have to be boring....

    192.
    Written at the pinnacle of Shakespeare’s career and featuring his most soaring poetic idiom, Antony and Cleopatra is both an immortal love story and a political drama played out on a global scale.

    Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today’s most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, this Modern Library series incorporates definitive texts and authoritative notes from William Shakespeare: Complete Works. Each play includes an Introduction as well as an overview of Shakespeare’s theatrical career; commentary on past and current productions based on interviews with leading directors, actors, and designers; scene-by-scene analysis; key facts about the work; a chronology of Shakespeare’s life and times; and black-and-white illustrations.

    Ideal for students, theater professionals, and general readers, these modern and accessible editions from the Royal Shakespeare Company set a new standard in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century....

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    William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is one of the most revered and loved plays of all time.  The story of a young man who strives to avenge his father’s death has been performed and read constantly ever since it first debuted at London’s Globe Theatre over four hundred years ago.  Madness, family, and revenge are only a handful of the universal themes found in this tale that still hold great meaning to us today.  Artist Tom Mandrake’s art combined with Steven Grant’s adaptation truly realizes the dark nature of this story.  Each character from Laertes to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern is recreated in this adaptation in a truly unique form, making it a wonderful graphic novel for readers old and young alike.

    ...

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    The "New Penguin Shakespeare" offers a complete edition of the plays and poems. "Henry IV, Part One" has been prepared from the original text, and includes an introduction, a list of further reading, a full commentary and a short account of the textual problems of the play....

    197.
    This edition is fully annotated, with the notes facing the text. There are helpful sections at the front, and at the back there is a very wide range of questions for students, as well as the background to "Shakespeare's England"....

    198.
    Notes on the background and sources of the tragedy and past and present criticism preface the text....

    199.
    Shakespeare's great tragicomic romance, "The Winter's Tale", includes the newly updated features of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, dramatic criticism and a special Introduction by editor Sylvan Barnet....

    200.
    End your struggle with the Bard’s prose and appreciate his comedy about the trials and tribulations of love. Shakespeare on the Double! A Midsummer Night’s Dream includes an easy-to-understand modern English translation alongside the original Shakespearian text so that you can read only the translation, read the translation with the original text, or tackle the original text, referring only to the translation when you’re stumped. A comprehensive character list describes the traits of each major character, a visual map depicts relationships, and review questions reinforce important information so you won’t miss the action....

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    For four centuries Twelfth Night has inspired theatre directors and performers: some have found class war; some have seen Malvolio as a tragic hero; some have found a passive Viola and others have found an action woman. Whether a production's emphasis is on gender bending, festivity, or trying to reinvent Shakespeare as Chekhov, the sheer variety of Twelfth Nights on offer over the centuries attests to the play's power as a stimulus to theatrical creativity. The dazzling range of the Twelfth Nights considered here includes the productively wayward as well as the conventionally respectable, productions which play to the contemporary market as well as those that seek to flout tradition. This indispensable stage history covers changing fashions in the fortunes of Twelfth Night, and includes a survey of a wide variety of theatrical interpretations of the play in the English-speaking world....

    202.
    Each edition includes:

    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play
    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries
    • A key to famous lines and phrases
    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language
    • An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    Essay by Catherine Belsey

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to theworld's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet forShakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open tothe public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performancesand programs. For more information, visit www.folger.edu.

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    Shakespeare’s immortal drama is retold here in a graphic novel format. The prince of Denmark seeks to avenge his father’s death by exposing the king as his murderer. Barron’s popular and growing series of Graphic Classics titles introduce many of the world’s literary masterpieces to young readers. Elementary and secondary school teachers will value these books as a way to make great novels and plays accessible to their students—especially to those students who resist reading. Presented in graphic novel format, each title tells an absorbing, fast-paced story dramatized with high-quality color illustrations. After delving into any of these stimulating titles, many boys and girls will feel encouraged to discover the joy of reading the masterworks in their original form. Each Graphic Classics title includes a thumbnail biography of the author, a list of his or her important works, a timeline of historic events that helped inspire the story, general notes, and an index. Graphic Classics titles are available in both paperback and hardcover editions....

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    This clear print title is set in Tiresias 13pt font for easy reading...

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    No Fear Shakespeare gives you the complete text of Macbeth on the left-hand page, side-by-side with an easy-to-understand translation on the right.

     

    Each No Fear Shakespeare contains

    • The complete text of the original play
    • A line-by-line translation that puts Shakespeare into everyday language
    • A complete list of characters with descriptions
    • Plenty of helpful commentary
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    Shakespeare's vivid dramatic projection of moral and ethical issues in Measure for Measure has given the play great appeal to both readers and theatergoers. Exploring the play's qualities as a complex work of art written specifically for the theater, the introduction to this new edition sets the play in its historical context, discussing the originality of Shakespeare's treatment of a well-known story. Bawcutt explains the obsolete marriage customs, and also offers a comprehensive account of the text's theatrical afterlife from Restoration adaptations to recent productions....

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    One of the most powerful dramas ever written for the stage, Othello is a story of revenge, illusion, passion, mistrust, jealousy, and murder. If in Iago Shakespeare created the most compelling villain in Western literature, in Othello and Desdemona he gave us our most tragic and unforgettable lovers.

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    "The Annotated Shakespeare" series enables today's readers to understand and enjoy the plays of the world's greatest dramatist. Comprehensive on-page annotations assist with vocabulary, pronunciation, prosody, and alternative readings of phrases and lines in these handsome and affordable paperback editions. In no other play has Shakespeare created two such equally titanic personages as Rome's great soldier and statesman Mark Antony and the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra. The story of their irresistible attraction, their jealous quarrels and betrayals, and the effects on friends and subjects of their ruinous choices is a tale leading irretrievably to despair and defeat. Their suicides, however, strike us as a kind of triumph. Shakespeare stood at the height of his powers when he penned this great tragedy, one of the last he produced. Burton Raffel is Distinguished Professor of Arts and Humanities Emeritus and professor of English emeritus, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The most recent of his many publications is "Selected Poems by Nicolas Boileau", published by Yale University Press. Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University, is the author of many books, including his new volume "Fallen Angels"....

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    Featuring a new overview of Shakespeare's works by Sylvan Barnet, former Chairman of the English Department at Tufts University, this Signet classic also includes a comprehensive stage and screen history, dramatic criticism from the past and present, and sources from which Shakespeare derived this great work....

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    Oxford School Shakespeare is an acclaimed series especially designed for students, with accessible on-page notes that are easy to find and crystal clear. Each volume also includes decorative and explanatory illustrations, clear background information, rigorous but accessible commentary, up-to-date reading lists, the addresses of relevant websites, and classroom notes - all to help students to better appreciate the great works of Shakespeare. Now the six most popular books in the series have received a fresh new look....

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    Newly revised, this edition of "The Tempest" features a new Overview by Sylvan Barnett, former chairman of the English Department of Tufts University, an updated bibliography, suggested references, and stage and film history....

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    Each edition includes:

    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books
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    Folger Shakespeare Library

    The world's leading center for Shakespeare studies

    Each edition includes:


    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    Essay by Susan Snyder

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs....


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    Each edition includes:


    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books


    Essay by Catherine Belsey


    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs....


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    FOLGER Shakespeare Library

    The world's leading center for Shakespeare studies

    Each edition includes:

    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    Essay by A. R. Braunmuller

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit www.folger.edu.

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    This edition of Othello reprints the Bevington edition of the play accompanied by six sets of thematically arranged primary documents and illustrations designed to facilitate many different approaches to Shakespeare. The text includes tracts on marriage, travel literature, military manuals, maps, ballads, royal proclamations, early modern descriptions of Africa and the Middle East, nineteenth-century scripts for performances of Othello, and scenes from contemporary re-envisionings of the play. The primary documents contextualize race and religion in the Renaissance, gender relations, military life, the passions, the notion of the "Other" in early modern England, and the afterlife of Othello on the stage.
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    Newly revised, this edition of "Hamlet" features an extensive overview of Shakespeare's life and world; an editor's introduction; a note on the sources; dramatic criticism from the past and present; a comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors and productions; and more....

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    These popular editions allow the reader and student to look beyond the scholarly reading text to the more sensuous, more collaborative, more malleable performance text which emerges in conjunction with the commentary and notes. Each note, each gloss, each commentary reflects the stage life of the play with constant reference to the challenge of the text in performance. Readers will not only discover an enlivened Shakespeare, they will be empowered to rehearse and direct their own productions of the imagination in the process. ...

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    Shakespeare’s rousing tale of war and peace between England and France during the reign of Henry V springs to life in this unabridged, full-color graphic adaptation. Every scene, every speech, and every battle is here, from “Once more unto the breach” to the decisive Battle of Agincourt, all in Shakespeare’s original language. The lively illustrations accurately depict the era’s costumes and settings.
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    Oxford School Shakespeare is an acclaimed edition especially designed for students, with accessible on-page notes and explanatory illustrations, clear background information, and rigorous but accessible scholarly credentials. In this edition of Henry IV Part 1, illustrations have been extended and updated; the preliminary notes have been expanded; reading lists have been updated, and include websites; and the classroom notes have been brought in line with recent practice. Henry IV Part 1 is a recommended text for GCSE and A Level OCR English Literature....

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    The greatest works of tragedy from the Bard, this book features "Hamlet, Othello, King Lear" and "Macbeth"....

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    Each edition includes:


    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books


    Essay by Susan Snyder


    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs....


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    Along with Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, Othello is one of Shakespeare's four great tragedies. What distinguishes Othello is its bold treatment of racial and gender themes. It is also the only tragedy to feature a main character, Iago, who truly seems evil, betraying and deceiving those that trust him purely for spite and with no political goal. This edition, the first to give full attention to these themes, includes an extensive introduction stresses the public dimensions of the tragedy, paying particular attention to its treatment of color and social relations. Designed to meet the needs of theatre professionals, the edition includes an extensive performance history, while on-page commentary and notes explain language, word play, and staging. Collated and edited from all existing printings, this entirely new edition uses modern day spelling to make readings smoother. Appendices are included which explain the dating problems many have found in the play, describe the music that has traditionally accompanied it, and provide a full translation of the Italian novella from which the story derives. Like all editions of the Oxford Shakespeare in the Oxford World Classics series, Othello includes a full index to the introduction and commentary. It is illustrated with production photographs and related art, and features a durable sewn binding for lasting use. The Oxford Shakespeare offers authoritative texts from leading scholars in editions designed to interpret and...

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    A king foolishly divides his kingdom between his scheming two oldest daughters and estranges himself from the daughter who loves him. So begins this profoundly moving and disturbing tragedy that, perhaps more than any other work in literature, challenges the notion of a coherent and just universe. The king and others pay dearly for their shortcomings–as madness, murder, and the anguish of insight and forgiveness that arrive too late combine to make this an all-embracing tragedy of evil and suffering.

    Each Edition Includes:
    • Comprehensive explanatory notes
    • Vivid introductions and the most up-to-date scholarship
    • Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary readers to understand the Elizabethan English
    • Completely updated, detailed bibliographies and performance histories
    • An interpretive essay on film adaptations of the play, along with an extensive filmography...

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    Each edition includes:


    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books


    Essay by Susan Snyder


    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs....


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    This popular play entertains and inspires in alternating comic scenes and serious ones and is the birthplace of one of the theater's greatest characters, Sir John Falstaff. Young Prince Hal rebels against his father the king until he must go to the king's aid to stamp out the rebellion of nobles.

    The CliffsComplete King Henry IV, Part 1, is a revised and expanded study edition. It contains Shakespeare's original play, a glossary, and expert commentary in a unique, 2-column format. To enhance your learning, notes and definitions appear directly opposite the line in which they occur, and a review section follows the play. This edition also introduces you to the life, works, and times of William Shakespeare....


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    Praise for Manga Shakespeare

    ALA Best Book for Young Adults

    ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

     

    “Reluctant readers who appreciate manga and who would not think of picking up the work of Shakespeare are sure to gravitate toward these titles. Even if the text puts them off, they will be drawn to the illustrations. These adaptations would make wonderful additions to any school or public library’s manga collection.” —VOYA

     

    “Refreshingly clear, this adaptation is recommended for all libraries serving teens.” —Kirkus Reviews

     

    “This fresh new way of looking at a classic will draw new readers to Shakespeare, hopefully to discover that his plays are really quite entertaining.” —YAbookscentral.com

     

    Shakespeare’s most commonly studied plays, now the latest additions to the innovative Manga Shakespeare series

     

    “Double double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble . . .” So say the eerie trio of witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a story full of ghosts, witches, bloody ambition, and nonstop action. After Macbeth hears the witches’ prophecy that he will be king, he will stop at nothing to make it so. Vividly adapted using Shakespeare’s own words in the fast-paced and immediate style of manga, Macbeth is the perfect addition to the Manga Shakespeare series—ideal for students and manga fans alike.

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    Unique features include an extensive overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of Signet Classic Shakespeare series, plus a special introduction to the play by the editor Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University. It also contains comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions of "Macbeth", then and now....

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    Folger Shakespeare Library

    The world's leading center for Shakespeare studies

    Each edition includes:


    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    Essay by Coppélia Kahn

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs....


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    Each edition includes:

    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    Essay by Phyllis Rackin

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit www.folger.edu.

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    FOLGER Shakespeare Library

    THE WORLD'S LEADING CENTER FOR SHAKESPEARE STUDIES

    Each edition includes:

    · Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    · Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    · Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    · A key to famous lines and phrases

    · An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    · An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    · Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    Essay by Alexander Leggatt

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit www.folger.edu.

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    For lovers of timeless classics, this series of beautifully packaged and affordably priced editions of world literature encompasses a variety of literary genres, including theater, novels, poems, and essays.

     

    Los lectores tomarán un gran placer en descubrir los clásicos con estas bellas y económicas ediciones de las grandes obras literarias. Esta selección editorial cuenta con títulos que abarcan todos los géneros literarios, desde teatro, narrativa, poesía y el ensayo.

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    Shakespeare’s sonnets are lyrical, haunting, beautiful, and often breathtaking, representing one of the finest bodies of poetry ever penned. They demonstrate the writer’s skill in capturing the full range of human emotions within a carefully prescribed form and creating something unique in every one. Some are familiar—Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?—others unexpected, but together they form an extraordinary meditation on the nature of love, lust, beauty, and time.
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    This edition of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night reprints the Bevington edition of the play along with 7 sets of thematically arranged primary documents and illustrations designed to facilitate many different approaches to Shakespeare’s play and the early modern culture out of which the play emerges. The texts include facsimiles of period documents, maps, woodcuts, descriptions of the popular customs associated with Twelfth Night, anti-theatrical tracts, royal proclamations concerning dress, laws prohibiting certain sexual acts, poems fantasizing those very acts, early modern texts on household economies, passages from Puritan conduct books, excerpts from Ovid and Montaigne, a representative range of early modern opinions about boy actors, and theories of laughter. Besides contextualizing the audience for Shakespeare’s play and shedding light on some of his sources, the documents explore the range of sexual desires articulated in the play, competing ideas about music in early modern culture, religious controversy, the regulation of early modern society according to hierarchies, and the controversial place of laughter in early modern culture.
    Editorial features designed to help students read the play in light of the historical documents include an engaging general introduction, an introduction to each thematic group of documents, thorough headnotes and glosses for the primary documents (presented in modern spelling), and an extensive bibliography.
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    Includes the unabridged text of Shakespeare's classic play plus a complete study guide that helps readers gain a thorough understanding of the work's content and context. The comprehensive guide includes scene-by-scene summaries, explanations and discussions of the plot, question-and-answer sections, author biography, analytical paper topics, list of characters, bibliography, and more.
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    This is the most extensively annotated edition of Macbeth currently available, offering a thorough reconsideration of one of Shakespeare's most popular plays. A full and accessible updated introduction studies the immediate theatrical and political contexts of Macbeth's composition, especially the Gunpowder Plot and the contemporary account of an early performance at the Globe. It treats such issues as whether the Witches compel Macbeth to murder; whether Lady Macbeth is herself in some sense a witch; whether Banquo is Macbeth's accomplice in crime; and what criticism is levelled against Macduff. Several possible new sources are suggested, and the presence of Thomas Middleton's writing in the play is proposed. An extensive, well-illustrated account of the play in performance examines several cinematic versions, such as those by Kurosawa and Roman Polanski, and a brand new introductory section on recent performances and adaptations brings the edition completely up-to-date....

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    Each edition includes:

    - Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    - Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    - A key to famous lines and phrases

    - An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    - An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    - Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    Essay by Heather James

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit www.folger.edu....


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    The dramatic concluding months of The Wars of the Roses provide the setting for Shakespeare’s incomparable saga of power and intrigue.

    Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today’s most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, this Modern Library series incorporates definitive texts and authoritative notes from William Shakespeare: Complete Works. Each play includes an Introduction as well as an overview of Shakespeare’s theatrical career; commentary on past and current productions based on interviews with leading directors, actors, and designers; scene-by-scene analysis; key facts about the work; a chronology of Shakespeare’s life and times; and black-and-white illustrations.

    Ideal for students, theater professionals, and general readers, these modern and accessible editions set a new standard in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century.

    Praise for William Shakespeare: Complete Works

    “A remarkable edition, one that makes Shakespeare’s extraordinary accomplishment more vivid than ever.”
    –James Shapiro, professor, Columbia University, bestselling author of A Year in the Life of Shakespeare: 1599

    “Two eminent Shakespeareans . . . have applied modern editing techniques and recent scholarship to correct and update the First Folio. . . . Superb.”
    –The New York Times

    “A feast of literary and historical information.”
    –The Wall Street Journal

    “I look forward to using it over many years, enjoying Bate’s perceptive comments, trusting Rasmussen’s textual scholarship.”
    –Peter Holland, president of the Shakespeare Association of America and editor of Shakespeare Survey...

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    Newly revised, this comic play by Shakespeare features a new Introduction by Sylvan Barnet, former Chairman of the English Department at Tufts University, an updated bibliography, suggested references, and stage and film history....

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    The world's leading center for Shakespeare studies

    Each edition includes:

    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play
    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries
    • A key to famous lines and phrases
    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language
    • An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare
    • Library's vast holdings of rare books

    Essay by Barbara A. Mowat

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs.

    For more information, visit www.folger.edu....


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    Macbeth: The DVD Edition includes everything you've come to expect from the Folger Shakespeare Library editions of Shakespeare's plays -- facing-page explanatory notes, scene-by-scene plot summaries, illustrations from the Folger archives -- combined here with a bonus DVD of a performance of Macbeth recorded before a rapt audience in the Folger's intimate Elizabethan Theatre. Conceived and directed by Teller (of Penn & Teller) and Aaron Posner, this acclaimed production showcases the inventive magic of Teller, who, with Posner, contributes a new foreword to this edition, writing about their vision of the play as a "supernatural horror thriller." Macbeth: The DVD Edition is the perfect volume for those encountering the play for the first time and for those finding brilliant new insights into a classic.

    THIS DVD EDITION INCLUDES:

    • DVD of the 2008 Folger Theatre/Two River Theater Company production -- with over 50 minutes of special features, including interviews with the directors, actors, designers, and scholars
    • Foreword by directors Teller and Aaron Posner on the staging of Macbeth
    • Freshly edited text based on the 1623 First Folio
    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
    • A key to the play's famous lines and phrases
    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language in Macbeth
    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books
    • An essay by Susan Snyder that provides a modern perspective on the play
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    Witches, murder, ghosts, and madness — one of Shakespeare’s finest tragedies is also a perfect fit for the graphic novel format. This compelling adaptation depicts every blood-curdling scene in easy-to-follow illustrations, accompanied by Shakespeare’s original text. An illustrated cast of characters reminds readers who’s who, and fascinating background information on Shakespeare and the real Macbeth adds historical context.
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    The Second Edition of this complete collection of Shakespeare's plays and poems features two essays on recent criticism and productions, fully updated textual notes, a photographic insert of recent productions, and two works recently attributed to Shakespeare. The authors of the essays on recent criticism and productions are Heather DuBrow, University of Wisconsin at Madison, and William Liston, Ball State University, respectively.

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    The magnificent, timeless drama is the world's most famous tale of "star-crossed lovers." The young, unshakable love of Juliet and Romeo defies the feud that divides their families—the Capulets and Montagues—as their desperate need to be together, their secret meetings, and finally their concealed marriage drive them toward tragedy. A masterwork that has long captured the hearts of audiences, this romantic tragedy has become part of the literary heritage of all peoples in all nations....

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    This edition of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream reprints the Bevington edition of the play accompanied by four sets of primary documents and illustrations thematically arranged to offer a richly textured understanding of early modern culture and Shakespeare’s work within that culture. The texts, including facsimiles of period documents, conduct literature, county records, reports of court entertainments, and Queen Elizabeth’s speeches, contextualize the play’s treatment of popular and royal festivity, communities of women (including Amazons, gossips, and nuns), marriage expectations, and the supernatural. Editorial features designed to help students read the play in light of the historical documents include an intelligent and engaging general introduction, an introduction to each thematic group of documents, thorough headnotes and glosses for the primary documents (presented in modern spelling), and an extensive bibliography.
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    The Shakespeare Folios series - offering the absolute authenticity of the First Folio in a totally accessible form.

    'A quite wonderful idea... So blindingly obvious, I can't understand why nobody had thought of it before. I will certainly use the texts myself' Peter Hall

    This edition accurately reproduces the text of the Shakespeare First Folio (1623), but in modern type. At a stroke the dust of ages is blown away and what Shakespeare actually intended is revealed to modern readers.

    Now Shakespeareans everywhere - students, actors, directors - can see for themselves what the Folio really says.

    As a further aid to understanding, on each opposing page the same text appears in a fully modernised version - a useful safety net whenever the Folio becomes problematic.

    Each volume also contains:
    - an introduction to the particular play
    - textual notes
    - an appendix giving variant versions from the Quarto where appropriate
    - a facsimile page from the First Folio

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    A continuation of the major series of individual Shakespeare plays from the world renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, edited by two brilliant, younger generation Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen

    Incorporating definitive text and cutting-edge notes from William Shakespeare: Complete Works-the first authoritative, modernized edition of Shakespeare's First Folio in more than 300 years-this remarkable series of individual plays combines Jonathan Bate's insightful critical analysis with Eric Rasmussen's textual expertise....

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    Shakespeare's best as chosen by the great English poet

    “According to most anthologies, [Shakespeare] wrote only sonnets and songs for his plays. The reason for this [is the] reluctance of anthologists to break into the sacred precincts of his drama and start looting portable chunks . . . Yet when he great speeches of his plays are taken out of context they are no more difficult to understand and appropriate than those by other great poets.”

    This clear, compact, inviting selection of Shakespeare’s verse opens the door to new readers of our greatest writer and deepens lifelong readers’ understanding of his work. Ted Hughes spent his life considering Shakespeare’s works and drawing on them for his own poetry; his book-length account of Shakespeare’s development, Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being, was one of the most distinctive works of literary criticism of recent years.

    For this selection, Hughes deliberately took strong, relatively self-contained passages of Shakespeare’s verse out of the plays and arranged them in a pattern, like beads on a string, including the best-known songs and sonnets. The result is at once a revealing sequence of Shakespeare’s verse and an anthology of his greatest bits—“read in less than a minute, learned in less than five,” Hughes remarks in the introduction, and always “capable of striking up a life of their own in the general experience of the reader.”
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    A bitter feud between the Montagues and the Capulets keeps the city of Verona, Italy, in a state of constant unrest. Despite the enmity, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall passionately in love. Enlisting the help of Friar Laurence, the young lovers wed in secret, hoping that their marriage will finally unite the two families. But things go terribly, tragically wrong. One of Shakespeare’s most widely performed plays, Romeo and Juliet has been adapted for every conceivable format. Yet no adaptation — film, television, radio, or opera — can match the richness of the original. This inspired graphic novel version depicts every scene of the play in full-color illustrations, accompanied by every word of the original text. Authentic yet easy to follow, this exciting adaptation is ideal for purists, students, and readers who appreciate Shakespeare’s matchless verse. Also available are a Plain Text version, translated into modern U.S. English, and a Quick Text version, with less dialogue for a fast-paced read.
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    In one of Shakespeare’s bawdier comedies, contemporary audiences still take great pleasure in the rapid-fire verbal battles between the shrewish Katharina and the canny Petruchio, determined to subdue Katharina’s legendary temper and win her dowry.

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    Each edition includes:


    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books


    Essay by Michael Neill


    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs....


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    A continuation of the major series of individual Shakespeare plays from the world renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, edited by two brilliant, younger generation Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen

    Incorporating definitive text and cutting-edge notes from William Shakespeare: Complete Works-the first authoritative, modernized edition of Shakespeare's First Folio in more than 300 years-this remarkable series of individual plays combines Jonathan Bate's insightful critical analysis with Eric Rasmussen's textual expertise....

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    One of the last plays Shakespeare penned on his own, The Winter’s Tale is a transcendent work of death and rebirth, exploring irrational sexual jealousy, the redemptive world of nature, and the magical power of art.

    Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today’s most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, this Modern Library series incorporates definitive texts and authoritative notes from William Shakespeare: Complete Works. Each play includes an Introduction as well as an overview of Shakespeare’s theatrical career; commentary on past and current productions based on interviews with leading directors, actors, and designers; scene-by-scene analysis; key facts about the work; a chronology of Shakespeare’s life and times; and black-and-white illustrations.

    Ideal for students, theater professionals, and general readers, these modern and accessible editions from the Royal Shakespeare Company set a new standard in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century....

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    This revised Norton Critical Edition of one of the series' most widely read texts is based on the second quarto (1604-05). Where necessary, the editor has also drawn from the folio text, recording all departures from the quarto in the Textual Notes. Punctuation and stage directions for the play have been refined, and textual annotations have been revised and expanded.

    The "Intellectual Backgrounds" and "Extracts from the Sources" sections, both highly praised, remain as germane as ever. Intellectual Backgrounds includes important readings on melancholy, demonology, the nature of man, and death, including works by Peter de la Primaudaye, Timothy Bright, Lewes Lavater, G. Gifford, Michel de Montaigne, and Heironymous Cardanus. Extracts from the Sources provides pre-Shakespearean accounts of the story of Hamlet, reprinting substantial excerpts from Saxo Grammaticus's Historia Danica and Belleforest's Histoires Tragiques.

    "Criticism" has been revised to accommodate the most significant recent interpretations of Hamlet while retaining the seminal essays of the First Edition. Twenty-three critical analyses are featured, including those by Samuel Johnson, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Hazlitt, A. C. Bradley, D. H. Lawrence, T. S. Eliot, G. Wilson Knight, C. S. Lewis, Harry Levin, Peter J. Seng, Rebecca West, Arnold Kettle, Margaret W. Ferguson, Jacqueline Rose, and William Empson.

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    Each edition includes:


    • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    • Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    • A key to famous lines and phrases

    • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books


    Essay by Phyllis Rackin


    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs....


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    Shakespeare’s later comedies were written at the astonishing pace of about two plays a year. In them, he moves beyond the farce of his earlier comedies to richer and more varied dramas. These range from the famous “problem plays,” which blend humor with tragedy, to the idyllic romances set in such timeless locales as the Forest of Arden. They contain some of his wittiest and most memorable characters, from cross-dressing heroines, bantering lovers, and wisecracking fools to the villainous but sympathetic Shylock and the boisterous and bawdy Falstaff.

    This volume contains The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Measure for Measure. The authoritatively edited text of the plays is supplemented with footnotes, bibliographies, a detailed chronology of Shakespeare’s life and times, and a substantial introduction in which Tony Tanner discusses each play individually and in the context of Shakespeare’s work....

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    Each edition includes:

    · Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

    · Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

    · Scene-by-scene plot summaries

    · A key to famous lines and phrases

    · An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

    · An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

    · Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

    Essay by Cynthia Marshall

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe.

    In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs.

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    King Lear is Shakespeare’s bleakest and profoundest tragedy, a searing dramatization of humankind at the edge of apocalypse that explores the family and the nature of being with passion, poetry, and dark humor.

    Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today’s most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, this Modern Library series incorporates definitive texts and authoritative notes from William Shakespeare: Complete Works. Each play includes an Introduction as well as an overview of Shakespeare’s theatrical career; commentary on past and current productions based on interviews with leading directors, actors, and designers; scene-by-scene analysis; key facts about the work; a chronology of Shakespeare’s life and times; and black-and-white illustrations.

    Ideal for students, theater professionals, and general readers, these modern and accessible editions set a new standard in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century....

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    Shakespeare’s rousing tale of war and peace between England and France during the reign of Henry V springs to life in this unabridged, full-color graphic adaptation. Every scene, every speech, and every battle is here, from “Once more unto the breach” to the decisive Battle of Agincourt, all in Shakespeare’s original language. The lively illustrations accurately depict the era’s costumes and settings.
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    Cast onto the waters by his power-hungry brother Antonio, Prospero, the Duke of Milan, has been living on a distant island for a dozen years along with his daughter Miranda. In his years of banishment, Prospero has developed strong magical powers — powers that not only allow him to deduce that Antonio is on a nearby ship, but to cause the ship to run aground. At long last, Prospero has a chance to get revenge on those who have wronged him. But, will he also ruin Miranda’s chance for happiness? The Tempest is considered by many critics to be Shakespeare’s crowning glory. This full-color graphic novel presents the sparkling romantic comedy just as Shakespeare intended: in its original and unabridged format, and in its original setting. As with the other titles in this well-received series, it encourages readers to discover classical literature while staying true to Shakespeare’s vision. Also available are a Plain Text version, translated into modern U.S. English, and a Quick Text version, with less dialogue for a fast-paced read.
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    This wisely funny comedy, which contains some of Shakespeare’s loveliest poetry, contrasts a court’s world of envy and rivalry with a forest’s world of compassion and harmony. In the Forest of Arden, the banished young heroine, Rosalind, disguised as a gentleman farmer, encounters an extraordinary assemblage of characters, including a fool, a malcontent traveler, her own banished father, and the banished young man she loves. Romantic happiness triumphs, even as we laugh at the excesses of love, at the ways of court and countryside, indeed, at everything, in this masterpiece of comic writing.

    Each Edition Includes:
    • Comprehensive explanatory notes
    • Vivid introductions and the most up-to-date scholarship
    • Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary readers to understand the Elizabethan English
    • Completely updated, detailed bibliographies and performance histories
    • An interpretive essay on film adaptations of the play, along with an extensive filmography...

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    Shakespeare’s First Folio is a modern term applied by scholars to one of the world’s most famous books, Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies, the collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays—and one of the highlights of the British Library. Published in folio form seven years after the playwright’s death by Isaac Iaggard and Edward Blount, and overseen by Shakespeare’s fellow actors John Heminge and Henry Condell, the First Folio contains the text of thirty-six plays, half of which had not been previously published during the Bard’s lifetime. At last, readers had the plays as they were actually performed, “where before,” the editors wrote, “you were abused with diverse, stolen and surreptitious copies, maimed and deformed by the frauds and stealths of injurious imposters. . . .” Sold for one pound each at the time, this remarkable collection is invaluable to our understanding of the playwright and our conception of his canon.
     
    The British Library and the Globe Theatre in London have worked together to produce a series of affordable and beautifully reproduced facsimile editions of three individual plays from the book, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear, and Romeo and Juliet. In addition to the text for each play, each title will include copies of the preliminary pages from the Folio—including the famous engraved portrait of Shakespeare by Martin Droeshout and an introduction to each individual work by Anthony James West. This exciting new series presents the authentic First Folio manuscripts in a collectible format, an eventful publication for the general reader and Shakespearean scholar alike.
     
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    The first tragedy to be played in the new Globe Theatre, Julius Caesar is set at a crucial turning point in Roman history, as the Republican gives way to the imperial. Safely removed in time and place from Shakespeare’s Elizabethan England, Rome makes the perfect laboratory for the playwright’s free-ranging political analysis.
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    Othello and As You Like It are the newest additions to the imaginative world of Manga Shakespeare. In the face of the false evidence produced by the conniving Iago, Othello cannot trust his wife, and his mistrust leads to the play’s tragic conclusion. In As You Like It, Rosalind, dressed like a boy, falls in love with Orlando. A mistaken-identity comedy follows, with a happy ending (or the ultimate justice served) for those who deserve it. Both plays have been refreshingly updated in the style of manga while maintaining Shakespeare’s beautiful language.
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    This edition of Shakespeare's Macbeth allows a variety of approaches to Shakespeare, including historical, feminist, and cultural studies. Shakespeare's text is accompanied by an intriguing collection of thematically arranged historical and cultural documents and illustrations, including excerpts from such sources as letters, conduct books, legal documents, and literary works that illuminate the themes of the play. The editor's introductions to the play and to the documents (which are presented in modern spelling with annotations) offer a richly textured understanding of Elizabethan culture and of Shakespeare's work within that culture....

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