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Romeo and Juliet (No Fear Shakespeare), Volume 2
Romeo and Juliet (No Fear Shakespeare), Volume 2
Paperback      ISBN: 1586638459

Read Shakespeare's plays in all their brilliance--and understand what every word means

Don't be intimidated by Shakespeare These popular guides make the Bard's plays accessible and enjoyable.

Each No Fear guide contains:
  • The complete text of the original play
  • A line-by-line translation that puts the words into everyday language
  • A complete list of characters, with descriptions
  • Plenty of helpful commentary
    Hamlet
    Hamlet
    Paperback      ISBN: 1853260096

    Edited, Introduced and Annotated by Cedric Watts, M.A., Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of English, University of Sussex.

    The Wordsworth Classics' Shakespeare Series presents a newly-edited sequence of William Shakespeare's works. The Textual editing takes account of recent scholarship while giving the material a careful reappraisal.

    Hamlet is not only one of Shakespeare's greatest plays, but also the most fascinatingly problematical tragedy in world literature.

    First performed around 1600, this a gripping and exuberant drama of revenge, rich in contrasts and conflicts. Its violence alternates with introspection, its melancholy with humour, and its subtlety with spectacle. The Prince, Hamlet himself, is depicted as a complex, divided, introspective character. His reflections on death, morality and the very status of human beings make him 'the first modern man'.

    Countless stage productions and numerous adaptations for the cinema and television have demonstrated the continuing cultural relevance of this vivid, enigmatic, profound and engrossing drama.

    The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark
    The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark
    Paperback      ISBN: 0451521285

    Biographical information and critical essays accompany Shakespeare's play about a prince's wavering determination to avenge his father's murder

    The Tempest
    The Tempest
    Paperback      ISBN: 0140714855
    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.

    Measure for Measure
    Measure for Measure
    Paperback      ISBN: 0451527151

    A timeless tale from the immortal Bard--revised and repackaged

    The Merchant of Venice (No Fear Shakespeare), Volume 10
    The Merchant of Venice (No Fear Shakespeare), Volume 10
    Paperback      ISBN: 1586638505

    Read Shakespeare's plays in all their brilliance--and understand what every word means

    Don't be intimidated by Shakespeare These popular guides make the Bard's plays accessible and enjoyable.

    Each No Fear guide contains:
    • The complete text of the original play
    • A line-by-line translation that puts the words into everyday language
    • A complete list of characters, with descriptions
    • Plenty of helpful commentary
    Cymbeline
    Cymbeline
    Paperback      ISBN: 0192833502

    This is the first new, full-scale edition of Cymbeline in 37 years. One of Shakespeare's final works, Cymbeline uses virtuoso theatrical and poetic means to dramatize a story of marriage imperiled by mistrust and painfully rebuilt in the context of international conflict. Roger Warren's commentary emphasizes the play's theatrical impact and pays close attention to its complex, evocative language.

    Othello
    Othello
    Paperback      ISBN: 0553213024

    Though this great tragedy of unsurpassed intensity and emotion is played out against Renaissance splendor, its story of the doomed marriage of a Venetian senator's daughter, Desdemona, to a Moorish general, Othello, is especially relevant to modern audiences. The differences in race and background create an initial tension that allows the horrifyingly envious villain Iago methodically to promote the "green-eyed monster" jealousy, until, in one of the most deeply moving scenes in theatrical history, the noble Moor destroys the woman he loves-only to discover too late that she was innocent.

    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
    Richard III
    Richard III
    Paperback      ISBN: 0486287475

    The final play in Shakespeare's masterly dramatization of the strife between the Houses of York and Lancaster, Richard III offers a stunning portrait of an archvillain -- a man of cunning and ruthless ambition who seduces, betrays and murders his way to the throne. In the process, Richard delivers great speeches and engages in formidable confrontations with a large cast of characters, almost all of them caught up in the terrible struggle for power that dominates the play. It is a tribute to Shakespeare's dramatic genius and knowledge of human psychology that by the end of the drama the detestable Richard begins to elicit some sympathy for the awful plight in which he finds himself. Explanatory footnotes and an introductory note are included.

    Shakespeare Alive!
    Shakespeare Alive!
    Paperback      ISBN: 0553270818
    From Joseph Papp, American's foremost theater producer, and writer Elizabeth Kirkland: a captivating tour through the world of William Shakespeare.

    Discover the London of Shakespeare's time, a fascinating place to be--full of mayhem and magic, exploration and exploitation, courtiers and foreigners. Stroll through narrow, winding streets crowded with merchants and minstrels, hoist a pint in a rowdy alehouse, and hurry across the river to the open-air Globe Theater to see that latest play written by a young man named Will Shakespeare.

    Shakespeare Alive spirits you back to the very years of that London--as everyday people might have experienced it. Find out how young people fell in love, how workers and artists made ends meet, what people found funny and what they feared most. Go on location with an Elizabethan theater company to learn how plays were produced, where Shakespeare's plots came from and how he transformed them. Hear the music of Shakespeare's language and words we still use today that were first spoken in his time. Open the book and elbow your way into the Globe with the groundlings. You'll be joining one of the most democratic audiences the theater has ever known--alewives, apprentices, shoemakers and nobles--in applauding the dazzling wordplay and swordplay brought to you by William Shakespeare.