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The most popular Shakespeare plays books currently available. Updated weekly.
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Macbeth
Encompasses witchcraft, bloody murder, and ghostly apparitions. This work tells the tragedy of a good, brave and honourable man turned into the personification of evil by the workings of unreasonable ambition.
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Romeo and Juliet
Love, sex and death are the components in this story of the love of two young people which reaches across the barriers of family and convention. It encompasses great love, high drama, low comedy and a tragic ending.
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Merchant of Venice
Features one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, but it remains deeply controversial. Here, the text may well seem anti-Semitic; yet repeatedly, in performance, it has revealed a contrasting nature. Shylock, though vanquished in the law-court, often triumphs in the theatre
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Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year
A daily piece of Shakespeare to inspire and delight.
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Macbeth (No Fear Shakespeare)
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.
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Midsummer Night's Dream
Blends the supernatural and the mundane, the illusory and the substantial. This work treats love as tragic, poignant, absurd and farcical.
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Much Ado About Nothing
This book has long been celebrated as one of Shakespeare's popular comedies. It describes the central relationship, between Benedick and Beatrice, which is combative until love prevails.
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Tempest
Prospero, long exiled from Italy with his daughter Miranda, seeks to use his magical powers to defeat his former enemies. Eventually, having proved merciful, he divests himself of that magic, his 'art', and prepares to return to the mainland.
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Othello
Desdemona's love for Othello, the Moor, transcends racial prejudice; but the envious Iago conspires to devastate their lives. This novel renders racism, sexism, contested identities, and the savagery lurking within civilisation.
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King Lear
Love and hate, loyalty and treachery, cruelty and self-sacrifice: all these contend in a tempestuous drama which has become an enduring classic of the world's literature.
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Hamlet
Hamlet is not only one of Shakespeare's greatest plays, but also the most fascinatingly problematical tragedy in world literature
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Measure for Measure
Although this play ends like a comedy, with reconciliations, forgiveness and marriages, it has often been regarded as one of Shakespeare's problem plays. It shows the difficulty of effecting an appropriate balance between judicial severity and mercy, between sexual repression and decadence, and between political vigilance and social manipulation.
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Shakespearean Insults 2020 Day-to-Day Calendar
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Twelfth Night
Sir Toby Belch and his companion outwit the pretentious Malvolio, who despite suffering their most outrageous and insulting practical jokes, emerges as an almost noble figure.
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Hamlet
This Arden edition of Hamlet, arguably Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, presents an authoritative, modernized text based on the Second Quarto text with a new introductory essay covering key productions and criticism in the decade since its first publication. A timely up-date in the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare's death which will ensure the Arden edition continues to offer students a comprehensive and current critical account of the play, alongside the most reliable and fully-annotated text available.
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Julius Caesar
Dealing with events surrounding the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C., the drama vividly illustrates the ways in which power and corruption are linked.
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Hag-Seed
The 'riotous, insanely readable' (Observer) retelling of The Tempest from the bestselling author of THE HANDMAID'S TALE and upcoming sequel THE TESTAMENTS. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda.
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Macbeth the Graphic Novel
It's 11th century Scotland. Macbeth, Thane of Glamis, is one of King Duncan's greatest war captains. Upon returning from a battle with the rebellious Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth and Banquo encounter three witches, who prophecy that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and then King.
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"King Lear"
In this edition, R.A. Foakes brings to bear a number of historical perspectives and critically addresses recent explorations of "King Lear" as a play of redemption, a play of despair and a play that destabilises all commentary.
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Richard III
Richard III is one of the finest of Shakespeare's historical dramas. Although it has a huge cast, Richard himself, gleefully wicked, charismatically Machiavellian, always dominates the play.
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Richard II
Richard II is one of Shakespeare's finest works: lucid, eloquent, and boldly structured. It can be seen as a tragedy, or a historical play, or a political drama, or as one part of a vast dramatic cycle which helped to generate England's national identity.
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Taming of the Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew is one of the most famous and controversial of Shakespeare's comedies.
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Macbeth
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Macbeth the Graphic Novel
Presents Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in modern English verse-for-verse.
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Tempest
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Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Barnes & Noble Collectible Classics: Omnibus Edition)
Hamlet. Romeo and Juliet. Henry V. Macbeth. A Midsummer Night's Dream. King Lear. Lovers of literature will immediately recognise these as signature works of William Shakespeare. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare collects all thirty-seven of the immortal Bard's comedies, tragedies, and historical plays in a beautiful edition.
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Complete Works of William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) excels in plot, poetry and wit, and his talent encompasses the tragedies of "Hamlet", "King Lear", "Othello", and "Macbeth" as well as history plays and the comedies such as "A Midsummer Night's Dream", and "As You Like It". This volume presents his plays in the chronological order in which they were written.
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Henry V
Henry V is the most famous and influential of Shakespeare's history plays. Its powerful patriotic rhetoric has resounded down the ages.
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Shakespeare Made Easy: Macbeth
The Shakespeare Made Easy series aims to take the fear out of Shakespeare. By having Shakespearean and Modern English facing each other, pupils will find it easier to comprehend the text. Through discussion of the life, work and theatre of Shakespeare pupils can gain a more rounded understanding of these classic works.
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Romeo and Juliet
Presents the tragic tale of doomed love, set in Verona, Italy, where the Montagues and the Capulets constantly feud and bring unrest to the city.
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Midsummer Night's Dream (No Fear Shakespeare)
No Fear Shakespeare gives you the complete text of A Midsummer Night's Dream on the left-hand page, side-by-side with an easy-to-understand translation on the right. Each No Fear Shakespeare containsThe complete text of the original playA line-by-line translation that puts Shakespeare into everyday languageA complete list of characters with descriptionsPlenty of helpful commentary
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Antony and Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra is one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies: a spectacular, widely-ranging drama of love and war, passion and politics
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Complete Works of William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) excels in plot, poetry and wit, and his talent encompasses the tragedies of "Hamlet", "King Lear", "Othello", and "Macbeth" as well as history plays and the comedies such as "A Midsummer Night's Dream", and "As You Like It". This volume presents his plays in the chronological order in which they were written.
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Tales from Shakespeare
Includes Shakespeare's best-loved tales, comic and tragic, rewritten for a younger audience. This title contains the delightful pen-and-ink drawings of Arthur Rackham.
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Henry IV Parts 1 & 2
This history play is lively in its interplay of political intrigue and boisterous comedy, subtle in the connections between high statecraft and low craftiness, exuberant in its range of vivid characters, and memorable in its thematic concern with honour, loyalty and the quest for power.
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Othello
This second edition of Othello has a new, illustrated introduction by leading American scholar Ayanna Thompson, which addresses such key issues as race, religion and gender, as well as looking at ways in which the play has been adapted in more recent times. Othello is one of Shakespeare's great tragedies-written in the same five-year period as Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth. The new introduction attends to the play's different meanings throughout history, while articulating the historical context in which Othello was created, paying particular attention to Shakespeare's source materials and the evidence about early modern constructions of racial and religious difference., It also explores the life of the play in different historical moments, demonstrating how meanings and performances develop, accrue, and metamorphose over time. The volume provides a rich and current resource, making this best-selling play edition ideal for today's students at advanced school and undergraduate level.
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Tempest
A complete and illustrated edition of Shakespeare's late comedy with an introduction by actor, writer and director Simon Callow.
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Heinemann Advanced Shakespeare: Othello
This text focuses on preparing students for A-Level. It has notes, end-of-act activities, tips from an A-Level Chief Examiner and space for students' own annotations.
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Macbeth
HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics.
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"King Richard II"
This annotated edition of "King Richard II" takes a fresh look at the first part of Shakespeare's second tetralogy of history plays, showing how it relates to the other plays in the sequence.
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Midsummer Night's Dream
Contains a general introduction to Shakespeare's life and Elizabethan theatre. This book provides a separate introduction to A Midsummer Night's Dream, a chronology, suggestions for further reading, an essay discussing performance options on both stage and screen, and a commentary.
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Tempest: Third Series
The Tempest isone of Shakespeare's enduringly popular and much-studied later plays. The introduction has been extended to focus on new scholarship about the play's first production and to take account of major theatre and film versions since first publication in 1999, including Julie Taymor's 2010 film starring Helen Mirren.
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Midsummer Night's Dream the Graphic Novel
The entire Shakespeare play in comic book form - unabridged!
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Macbeth
This second edition of Macbeth offers a thorough reconsideration of one of Shakespeare's most popular plays. Edited and introduced by A. R. Braunmuller, this edition features a new introductory section on recent productions of the play, including cinematic versions by Kurosawa and Roman Polanski.
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Romeo and Juliet: Arden Performance Editions
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Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Knickerbocker Classics)
The perfect gift for the Shakespeare fan, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare is an elegant edition boasting the entire credited catalog of William Shakespeare including 16 comedies, 10 histories, 12 tragedies as well as all of his poems and sonnets.
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"Antony and Cleopatra"
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Twelfth Night (No Fear Shakespeare)
No Fear Shakespeare gives you the complete text of Twelfth Night on the left-hand page, side-by-side with an easy-to-understand translation on the right.Each No Fear Shakespeare contains:The complete text of the original playA line-by-line translation that puts Shakespeare into everyday languageA complete list of characters with descriptionsPlenty of helpful commentary.Set in a topsy-turvy world like a holiday revel, this comedy devises a romantic plot around separated twins, misplaced passions, and mistaken identity.
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12 Plays of Shakespeare
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Merchant of Venice