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The most popular Shakespeare studies & criticism books currently available. Updated weekly.
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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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Romeo and Juliet (new edition)
Updated editions in this trusted Shakespeare series
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This Is Shakespeare
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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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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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Heinemann Advanced Shakespeare: Hamlet
Part of the "Heinemenn Advanced Shakespeare" series of plays for A Level students, this version of "Hamlet" includes notes which should bridge the gap between GCSE and A Level, and space for students' own annotation. The text includes activities and assignments after each act.
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AS/A-level English Literature Workbook: King Lear
Check, reinforce and improve critical skills and textual understanding to give students the best chance of success in their AS/A-level English Literature exams.
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AS/A-level English Literature Workbook: Measure for Measure
Check, reinforce and improve critical skills and textual understanding to give students the best chance of success in their AS/A-level English Literature exams.
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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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Nineteen Eighty Four: York Notes Advanced
York Notes Advanced offer a fresh and accessible approach to English Literature. This market-leading series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, York Notes Advanced intorduce students to more sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.
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Heinemann Advanced Shakespeare: Measure for Measure
A "Heinemann Advanced Shakespeare" version of the play "Measure for Measure", designed for A Level students. Aimed at bridging the gap between GCSE and A Level, the work includes notes to help students understand the text, space for students' own annotation and activities and assignments.
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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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"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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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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Tyrant: Shakespeare On Power
'Brilliant' Sunday TimesHow does a truly disastrous leader - a sociopath, a demagogue, a tyrant - come to power?'Brilliant, timely' Margaret Atwood, on Twitter'A scintillating book, uncannily illuminating about current politics, as perceptive about the victims of tyranny as it is about the tyrants themselves' Nicholas Hytner
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"Antony and Cleopatra"
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Hamlet
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. When young prince Hamlet is confronted by his fathers ghost on the battlements of Castle Elsinore, he is burdened with a terrible task: slay King Claudius, Hamlet's uncle, who the ghost alleges murdered him.
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Shakespeare's Dark Lady: Amelia Bassano Lanier the woman behind Shakespeare's plays?
Amelia Bassano Lanier is proved to be a strong candidate for authorship of Shakespeare's plays: Hudson looks at the fascinating life of this woman, believed by many to be the dark lady of the sonnets, and presents the case that she may have written Shakespeare's plays.
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Much Ado About Nothing (No Fear Shakespeare)
These updated editions of classic plays feature new cover art along with the complete text of each work, full explanatory notes, scene-by-scene plot summaries, a key to famous lines and phrases, and illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books. Reissue. (Plays/Drama)
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King Lear: The Pelican Shakespeare
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Iago: The Strategies of Evil
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Four Tragedies: Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth
The theme of the great Shakespearean tragedies is the fall from grace of a great man due to a flaw in his nature. This title contains four tragedies.
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1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare
Presents the history of Shakespeare, following him through a single year that changed not only his fortunes, but the course of literature. In this one year, we follow what he reads and writes, what he saw, and who he worked with as he creates four of his most famous plays - "Henry V", "Julius Caesar", "As You Like It", and "Hamlet".
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Othello: York Notes for A-level
This updated edition is ideal to support students when studying and revising for the new A level English Literature exams.
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Macbeth: A Dagger of the Mind
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Tempest (No Fear Shakespeare)
No Fear Shakespeare gives you the complete text of The Tempest 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 descriptions Plenty of helpful commentary
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Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
Is Twelfth Night Shakespeare's greatest play? Stephen Booth, a leading American academic, thinks so, calling it one of the most beautiful man-made things in the world. This book shows what makes it so special
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Performing Hamlet: Actors in the Modern Age
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Tempest: York Notes Advanced
'York Notes Advanced' offer an accessible approach to English Literature. This series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, 'York Notes Advanced' introduce students to sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.
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Shakespeare
From bestselling author Bill Bryson comes this compelling short biography of William Shakespeare, our greatest dramatist and poet.
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Much Ado About Nothing (new edition)
Updated editions in this trusted Shakespeare series
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Heinemann Advanced Shakespeare: King Lear
Part of the "Heinemann Advanced Shakespeare" series, this version of "King Lear" aims to help A Level students understand the text and develop their own insights. It includes notes to bridge the gap between GCSE and A Level, space for students' own annotations, and activities and assignments.
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Merry Wives of Windsor
From the Royal Shakespeare Company - a modern, definitive edition of Shakespeare's enduringly popular comedy.
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Shakespeare: The Bard's Guide to Abuses and Affronts
Baffle your friends with your erudite knowledge of Shakespearean English, all while casually insulting them. This deluxe collection of Shakespeare's most dazzling insults is neatly separated into sections for quick retrieval when a stinging retort is demanded. Become the master of your own villainy with creative insults that will show those rogues and ruffians who's in charge!
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Upstart Crow
"This does indeed deserve comparisons with Blackadder" Radio Times"A knockabout, well-researched take on the working and domestic life of Shakespeare." William Shakespeare - brought to life on screen by the inimitable David Mitchell - is at the start of his career.
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Two Gentlemen of Verona"
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Merchant of Venice (new edition)
Updated editions in this trusted Shakespeare series
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Shakespeare and the Resistance: The Earl of Southampton, the Essex Rebellion, and the Poems that Challenged Tudor Tyranny
Shakespeare's largely misunderstood narrative poems contain within them an explosive commentary on the political storms convulsing his country.
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Romeo and Juliet: Third Series
A major new edition of Shakespeare's tragedy arguing that the play is ultimately Juliet's. The illustrated introduction discusses the play's stage and screen history, its language and the many critical issues surrounding it.It gives a comprehensive, penetrating introduction to the play.On-page notes to deepen understanding.
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Two Gentlemen of Verona: The Oxford Shakespeare
Designed to meet the needs of theatre professionals, as well as general readers, the edition includes an extensive performance history, a commentary illuminating the complexities of Shakespeare's language, and a setting of the song 'Who is Silvia?' prepared from an Elizabethan source.
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Winter's Tale
From the Royal Shakespeare Company - a modern, definitive edition of one of Shakespeare's last plays.
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Much Ado about Nothing
This new edition of Much Ado about Nothing is supplemented by an updated introduction which analyses recent stage, television, film and critical interpretations of the play, and considers the play's special interest in language, bodies and gender.
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Tragedy of King Lear
For this second edition of King Lear, Jay L. Halio has added a new introductory section on recent stage, film, and critical interpretations of the play. He also discusses Shakespeare's sources, including literary, political and folkloric influences on the work. An updated reading list completes the edition.
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Winter's Tale"
One of Shakespeare's late plays, The Winter's Tale falls into two distinct parts: the first part tragedy and the second, comedy. John Pitcher's lively introduction and commentary explores the extraordinary merging of theatrical forms in the play and its success in performance.
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"Hamlet": The Texts of 1603 and 1623
Presents the "First Quarto text of 1603" and the "Folio Text of 1623". This title is useful for scholars and students of textual history, or to those studying "Hamlet". It presents the plays with annotations and the introduction contains the stage history of the "First Quarto" text.
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Romeo and Juliet
With outstanding on-page explanatory notes, an in-depth scene-by-scene summary and fascinating interviews with actors David Tennant and Alexandra Gilbreath and director Michael Attenborough, this fresh edition from the Royal Shakespeare Company offers enlightening new approaches to Shakespeare's tragic love story.
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Hamlet: Prince of Denmark
The third edition of Hamlet offers a completely new introduction to this rich, mysterious play. Supplemented by an updated reading list, extensive illustrations and helpful appendices, this edition features revised commentary notes explicitly designed for the student reader, offering the very best in contemporary criticism of this great tragedy.
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Shakespeare's Sonnets
A revised edition of this acclaimed and best-selling edition of Shakespeare's Sonnets and updated throughout to take account of recent scholarship since its first publication in 1997.
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As You Like it
A detailed account of the performance history of As You Like It through the modern period, focusing on landmark stage and film productions. -- .
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"Love's Labours Lost"
'With the publication of Woudhuysen's Arden 3 edition, the magisterial study of the play that will energise a new generation of readers and directors has now arrived.'Eric Rasmussen, University of Nevada at Reno, Shakespeare Survey