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The tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice

by:Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

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.

Editions:3417  Date:1000 - 2020  Genre(s):Drama, Tragedies, Tragedies (Drama), Drama, Tragedies (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:2163  Date:0001 - 2020  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 discussion questions, role-playing scenarios, and other study activities. Marc Antony comes "to bury Caesar, not to praise him," and his funeral oration unleashes a power struggle among the Roman Empire's mightiest generals and statesmen. Books in this new, illustrated series present complete texts of Shakespeare's plays. However, the lines are set up so students can see the bard's original poetic phrases printed side-by-side and line-by-line with a modern "translation" on the facing page. Starting in the late 1580s and for several decades that followed, Shakespeare's plays were popular entertainment for London's theatergoers. His Globe Theatre was the equivalent of a Broadway theater in today's New York. The plays have endured, but over the course of 400+ years, the English language has changed in many ways-which is why today's students often find Shakespeare's idiom difficult to comprehend. Simply Shakespeare offers an excellent solution to their problem. Introducing each play is a general essay covering Shakespeare's life and times. At the beginning of each of the five acts in every play, a two-page spread describes what is about to take place. The story's background is explained, followed by brief descriptions of key people who will appear in the act, details students should watch for as the story unfolds, discussion of the play's historical context, how the play was staged in Shakespeare's day, and explanation of puns and plays on words that occur in characters' dialogues. Identifying icons preceding each of these study points are printed in a second color, then are located again as cross-references in the play's original text. For instance, where words spoken by a person in the play offer insights into his or another character's personality, the "Characters" icon will appear as a cross-reference in both the introductory spread and the play proper. Following each act, a closing spread presents questions and discussion points for use as teachers' aids. Guided by the inspiring format of this fine new series, both teachers and students will come to understand and appreciate the genius of Shakespeare as never before. Text of Act I and Modern Version -- Post-Act Activities -- Act II -- Pre-Act Notes -- Text of Act II and Modern Version -- Post-Act Activities -- Act III -- Pre-Act Notes -- Text of Act III and Modern Version -- Post-Act Activities -- Act IV -- Pre-Act Notes -- Text of Act IV and Modern Version -- Post-Act Activities -- Act V -- Pre-Act Notes -- Text of Act V and Modern Version -- Post-Act Activities --Additional Resources.

Editions:3298  Date:1599 - 2019  Genre(s):Drama, Tragedies, History, Drama, Tragedies (Drama)

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The tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra

by:Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

"Mark Antony, one of the three rulers of the Roman World, has become the thrall of the fascinating Cleopatra. Affairs of state call him to Rome, but the attractions of the Queen of Egypt prove impossible to resist."

Editions:1990  Date:1623 - 2020  Genre(s):Drama, Tragedies, History, Tragedies (Drama), 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:1934  Date:1606 - 2020  Genre(s):Drama, Tragedies, Drama, Tragedies (Drama), Tragedies (Drama)

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The tragedy of Hamlet, prince of Denmark

by:Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

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

Editions:2610  Date:1602 - 2019  Genre(s):Drama, Tragedies, Tragedies (Drama), Tragedies (Drama), Drama

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The tragedy of Titus Andronicus

by:Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

"Titus Andronicus is still regarded by many as a bad play of dubious authorship. Its adversaries have abhorred the violence of the action and the apparent lapses in the quality of the verse. Since 1945, however, the play has been taken increasingly seriously in both the theatre and the study: the violence and cruelty it depicts were disconcertingly matched by the events of two World Wars. Alan Hughes joins those critics who take the play seriously, arguing for its unity of theme and its grim humour, and demonstrates that it is the work of a brilliant stage craftsman, confident in his mastery of space, movement and verse." "The text is based on the first quarto, supplemented by crucial additions and stage directions from the Folio. The critical account of the play's fortunes is integrated within a description of major modern productions, including those directed by Peter Brook, Brian Bedford and Deborah Warner. In addition there is a complete stage history which includes the eighteenth-century adaptation by Edward Ravenscroft and a reconstruction of the version performed by the nineteenth-century black American actor Ira Aldridge. For this updated edition, a new section is included on recent stage, film and critical interpretations by Sue Hall-Smith. There are also sections on text, authorship and the relevance of the famous Longleat drawing of the play. Appendices explore how the play might have been performed at the Rose playhouse in London, and how it could be adapted for a touring company of fourteen men and boys. An updated reading list completes the edition."--Jacket.

Editions:964  Date:1590 - 2020  Genre(s):Drama, History, Tragedies, Historical drama, Historical drama

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Fifteen Greek plays

by:Euripides

"Euripides was one of the most popular and controversial of all the Greek tragedians, and his plays are marked by an independence of thought, ingenious dramatic devices, and a subtle variety of register and mood." "Medea is a story of betrayal and vengeance, and one which gives an excellent example of the prominence and complexity that Euripides gave to his female characters. Medea, wife of Jason, is incensed that her husband would leave her to make a political marriage after the many sacrifices she has made for him. In her wrath, she murders both his new bride and their own children, thus taking her revenge. This new translation does full justice to the lyricism of Euripides' original work, while a new introduction provides a guide to the play, complete with interesting details about the traditions and social issues that influenced Euripides' world."--Jacket.

Editions:1739  Date:1539 - 2020  Genre(s):Drama, Tragedies, Tragedies (Drama), Tragedies (Drama), Drama

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The life of Timon of Athens

by:Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

Shakespeare's play about a noble Athenian who finds himself in financial difficulties and discovers that the friends who used to fawn on him now refuse to help him. Cursing mankind, Timon leaves Athens and settles in a cave where he finds buried treasure. He meets Alcibiades, a banished general, and finances an expedition against Athens. Alcibiades negotiates peace, but Timon dies alone in his cave.

Editions:937  Date:1623 - 2019  Genre(s):Drama, Tragedies, Tragedies (Drama), Tragedies (Drama), Drama

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The tragedy of Cymbeline

by:Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

A story of Belarius and the kidnapped princes.

Editions:1131  Date:1611 - 2020  Genre(s):Drama, History, Tragicomedies, Drama, Tragedies (Drama)

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