Shakespeare Plays
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Macbeth
Macbeth
Paperback      ISBN: 0451526775
A man's thirst for power ends in tragedy in this Signet Classics edition of one of William Shakespeare's most powerful works.

When a trio of witches foretell that Macbeth will become King of Scotland, the brave general is consumed by ambition. Encouraged by his wife to seize the throne, their quest for power leads down a blood-strewn path that ends in madness and death in this play that explores the consequences of guilt and corruption.

This title in the Signet Classics Shakespeare series includes:

- An overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater
- A special introduction to the play by the editor, Sylvan Barnet
- Selections from Raphael Holinshed's The Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland, the source from which Shakespeare derived Macbeth
- Dramatic criticism from A. C. Bradley, Elmer Edgar Stoll, Mary McCarthy, and others
- A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions of Macbeth
- Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable format
- Recommended readings
The Sonnets: Narrative Poems : the Complete Non-dramatic Poetry With New Literary Criticism and an Updated Bibliography
The Sonnets
Narrative Poems : the Complete Non-dramatic Poetry With New Literary Criticism and an Updated Bibliography
Paperback      ISBN: 0451523148

Our Signet Classic Shakespeare Series was extensively revised in 1998. We offer the best of everything -- unforgettable works edited by eminent Shakespeare scholars, comprehensive notes on the text, an essay on Shakespeare's life and times, source material, critical commentaries, extensive bibliographies, and footnotes. And there's more
-- Grow with the times by including both historical and thoroughly contemporary critical commentary on such issues as feminist, political, and theatrical interpretations of the plays -- with recent full-length essays by such respected scholars as Frank Kermode, Carolyn Heilbrun, Michael Goldman, Linda Bamber, and many others.
-- Provide more bibliographic listings and more up-to-date and relevant listings of pertinent books and articles in the Suggested Reference Section than the competition offers.
-- Feature essays on the Performance or Stage History of each play, written by Sylvan Barnet.

Shakespeare's Monologues for Women
Shakespeare's Monologues for Women
Paperback      ISBN: 0940669129

Features a collection of monologues for women from the works of William Shakespeare that have been complied for dramatic impact, with informative introduction.

Much ADO about Nothing
Much ADO about Nothing
Paperback      ISBN: 0553213016

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
Cliffsnotes on Shakespeare's the Taming of the Shrew
Cliffsnotes on Shakespeare's the Taming of the Shrew
Paperback      ISBN: 0764586734

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.

In CliffsNotes on The Taming of the Shrew, you explore one of Shakespeare's most beloved, and imitated, works. In this play within a play, Petruchio, the man from Verona, marries Kate (the shrew of the story), so that Kate's younger sister Bianca may be allowed to take on several suitors and choose one to marry.

Summaries and commentaries lead you, act by act, through this Shakespearean classic, and critical essays give you insight into Shakespeare's historical basis for the play, as well as role playing in The Taming of the Shrew. Other features that help you study include

  • Character analyses of the main characters
  • A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters
  • A section on the life and background of William Shakespeare
  • A review section that tests your knowledge
  • A Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites

Classic literature or modern-day treasure--you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

Hamlet: Complete, Authoritative Text With Biographical and Historical Contexts, Critical History, and Essays from Five Contemporary Critical Perspectives
Hamlet
Complete, Authoritative Text With Biographical and Historical Contexts, Critical History, and Essays from Five Contemporary Critical Perspectives
Paperback      ISBN: 0312055447

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.

Othello
Othello
Paperback      ISBN: 0451526856
The Signet Classics edition of William Shakespeare's Othello, a disturbing exploration of jealousy and wrath.

Tragedy takes hold as the cunning and hateful Iago drives the titular heroic Moor of Venice first to suspicion, then to homicidal rage against his love Desdemona, in one of the Bard's darkest plays.

This title in the Signet Classics Shakespeare series includes:

- An overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater
- A special introduction to the play by the editor, Alvin Kernan
- Selections from Giraldi Cinthio's Hecatommithi, the source from which Shakespeare derived Othello
- Dramatic criticism from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Maynard Mack, and others
- A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions of Othello
- Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable format
- Recommended readings
Titus Andronicus
Titus Andronicus
Paperback      ISBN: 014071491x
The acclaimed Pelican Shakespeare series edited by A. R. Braunmuller and Stephen Orgel
The legendary Pelican Shakespeare series features authoritative and meticulously researched texts paired with scholarship by renowned Shakespeareans. Each book includes an essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare's time, an introduction to the individual play, and a detailed note on the text used. Updated by general editors Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller, these easy-to-read editions incorporate over thirty years of Shakespeare scholarship undertaken since the original series, edited by Alfred Harbage, appeared between 1956 and 1967. With definitive texts and illuminating essays, the Pelican Shakespeare will remain a valued resource for students, teachers, and theater professionals for many years to come.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)
The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)
Paperback      ISBN: 1557831572

The complete script to the critically acclaimed play. "Shakespeare as written by Reader's Digest, acted by Monty Python, and performed at the speed of the minute waltz." - L.A. Herald

Henry IV
Henry IV
Paperback      ISBN: 0192831437

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.