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A midsummer night's dream

by:Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a Comedy written by English playwright William Shakespeare, who is widely considered to be the greatest writer of the English language. A Midsummer Night's Dream is a play that takes place in Athens, and is about a marriage being planned vetween Theseus and Hippolyta. The King of Fairies, Oberon, decides to play a trick on Queen Titanai to make her fall in love with the first thing she sees. Through a series of mishaps, this trick ends up being played on the wrong person. This is an important work if Shakespeares, and is highly recommended for fans of his works as well as those discovering his plays for the first time.

Editions:3882  Date:1594 - 2021  Genre(s):Drama, Comedies, Drama

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The merchant of Venice

by:Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

‡bIn 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 impossibleand by the terms of the loan agreement, Shylock is able to demand a pound of Antonios flesh. Portia cleverly intervenes, and all ends well (except of course for Shylock).

Editions:4052  Date:1597 - 2022  Genre(s):Drama, Comedies, Comedy plays, Comedy plays, Drama

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Othello

by:Shakespeare, William

Presents William Shakespeare's dramatic tragedy in which Iago, jealous of Othello's successes in the army of Venice, plots against him, pretending to be his friend while planting seeds of doubt about the faithfulness of his wife, Desdemona.

Editions:3251  Date:1000 - 2021  Genre(s):Drama, Tragedies, Tragedies (Drama), Tragedies (Drama), Drama

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As you like it

by:Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

As You Like It has sometimes seemed a subversive play that exposes the instability of gender roles and traditional values. In other eras it has been prized - or derided - as a reliable celebration of conventional social mores. The play's ability to compass these extremes tells an interesting story about changing cultural and theatrical practices. This edition provides a detailed history of the play in production, both on stage and on screen. The introduction examines how changing conceptions of gender roles have affected the portrayal of Rosalind, one of Shakespeare's greatest comic heroines. The striking differences between the British tradition and the freer treatment the play has received abroad are discussed, as well as the politics of court versus country. The commentary, printed alongside the New Cambridge edition of the text, draws on primary sources to illuminate how costuming, stage business, design, and directorial choices have shaped the play in performance.--Publisher description.

Editions:2678  Date:0601 - 2508  Genre(s):Drama, Comedies, Pastoral drama, Pastoral drama, Pastoral drama

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Romeo and Juliet

by:Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' is perhaps the most read and beloved of all stage works. This annotated version of the play makes it completely accessible to readers in the 21st century.‡bShakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is perhaps the most read and beloved of all stage works. Now the most extensively annotated version of the play to date makes it completely accessible to readers in the twenty-first century. The new edition is a rich resource for students, teachers, and the general reader. Eminent linguist and translator Burton Raffel offers generous help with vocabulary and usage of Elizabethan English, pronunciation, prosody, and alternative readings of phrases and lines. His on-page annotations provide readers with the tools they need to comprehend the play and begin to explore its many possible interpretations. This version of Romeo and Juliet is unparalleled for its thoroughness and adherence to sound linguistic principles. In his introduction, Raffel provides historical and social contexts that increase the reader's understanding of the play. And in a concluding essay, Harold Bloom argues that Romeo and Juliet is unmatched in the world's literature "as a vision of an uncompromising love that perishes of its own idealism and intensity."

Editions:2850  Date:0001 - 2021  Genre(s):Drama, Tragedies, Tragedies (Drama), Tragedies (Drama), Drama

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The tempest

by:Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

‡bShakespeare'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.

Editions:3003  Date:1611 - 2022  Genre(s):Drama, Tragicomedies, Tragicomedies, Drama

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King Lear

by:Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

‡bKing Lear, one of Shakespeare's darkest and most savage plays, tells the story of the foolish and Job-like Lear, who divides his kingdom, as he does his affections, according to vanity and whim. Lears failure as a father engulfs himself and his world in turmoil and tragedy.

Editions:2599  Date:1606 - 2021  Genre(s):Drama, Tragedies, Tragedies (Drama), Tragedies (Drama), Drama

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Julius Caesar

by:Shakespeare, William 1564-1616

Presents the original text of Shakespeare's play side by side with a modern version, with marginal notes and explanations and full descriptions of each character.

Editions:3437  Date:1599 - 2021  Genre(s):Drama, Tragedies, History, Drama, Tragedies (Drama)

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Much ado about nothing

by:Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

Shakespeare''s comedy play Much Ado About Nothing pivots around the impediments to love for young betrothed Hero and Claudio when Hero is falsely accused of infidelity and the ""lover''s trap"" set for the arrogant and assured Benedick who has sworn of marriage and his gentle adversary Beatrice. The merry war between Benedick and Beatrice with the promptings of their friends soon dissolves into farcical love, while Hero''s supposed infidelity is shown to be little more...

Editions:1870  Date:1598 - 2021  Genre(s):Drama, Comedies, Drama

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The taming of the shrew

by:Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

In one of Shakespeares 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 Katharinas legendary temper and win her dowry.

Editions:1844  Date:1594 - 2021  Genre(s):Drama, Comedies, Comedy plays, Drama, Comedy plays

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