The Merchant of Venice
ISBN10: 0300115644 ISBN13: 9780300115642 Contributors: Bloom, Harold; Raffel, Burton Publisher: Yale Univ Pr Published: Sep 15 2006 Pages: 167 Weight: 0.34lbs. Height: 7.50" Width: 5.00" Depth: 0.50" Edition: 1st Edition Language: English
In this lively comedy of love and money in sixteenth-century Venice, Bassanio wants to impress the wealthy heiress Portia but lacks the necessary funds. He turns to his merchant friend, Antonio, who is forced to borrow from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender. When Antonio's business falters, repayment becomes impossible--and by the terms of the loan agreement, Shylock is able to demand a pound of Antonio's flesh. Portia cleverly intervenes, and all ends well (except of course for Shylock).