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Publisher Comments:

This is one of Shakespeare's darkest comedies, for the romantic story of a young man, Bassanio, who has squandered his fortune and must borrow money to woo the wealthy lady he loves is set against themore disturbing story of the Jewish moneylender Shylock and his demand for the pound of flesh owed him by the Venetian merchant, Antonio. Here pathos and farce combine with moral complexity andromantic entanglement to display the extraordinary power and range of Shakespeare at his best.

Each Edition Includes:

- Comprehensive explanatory notes

- Vividintroductions and the most up-to-date scholarship

- Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary readers to understand the Elizabethan English

- Completely updated, detailed bibliographies and performance histories

- An interpretive essay on film adaptations of the play, along with an extensive filmography

From the Paperback edition.

Synopsis:

As the citizens of Venice compete for advantageous marriages, wealth, and status, a moneylender is intent on deadly revenge. Mistrust and resentment thrive in Shakespeare's dark comedy.

Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today's most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, this Modern Library series incorporates definitive texts and

Synopsis:

Critical commentary accompanies the story of Antonio, who risks his life to borrow money from his enemy, Shylock, and is saved by Portia, an heiress posing as a lawyer.

About the Author

\William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a merchant of some standing in his community. William probably went to the King’s New School in Stratford, but he had no university education. In November 1582, at the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior, who was pregnant with their first child, Susanna. She was born on May 26, 1583. Twins, a boy, Hamnet ( who would die at age eleven), and a girl, Judith, were born in 1585. By 1592 Shakespeare had gone to London working as an actor and already known as a playwright. A rival dramatist, Robert Greene, referred to him as “an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers.” Shakespeare became a principal shareholder and playwright of the successful acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men (later under James I, called the King’ s Men). In 1599 the Lord Chamberlain’s Men built and occupied the Globe Theater in Southwark near the Thames River. Here many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed by the most famous actors of his time, including Richard Burbage, Will Kempe, and Robert Armin. In addition to his 37 plays, Shakespeare had a hand in others, including Sir Thomas More and The Two Noble Kinsmen, and he wrote poems, including Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. His 154 sonnets were published, probably without his authorization, in 1609. In 1611 or 1612 he gave up his lodgings in London and devoted more and more time to retirement in Stratford, though he continued writing such plays as The Tempest and Henry VII until about 1613. He died on April 23 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. No collected edition of his plays was published during his life-time, but in 1623 two members of his acting company, John Heminges and Henry Condell, put together the great collection now called the First Folio.

From the Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588368744
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Subject:
Drama : General
Editor:
Bate, Jonathan
Editor:
Rasmussen, Eric
Edited by:
Jonathan Bate
Author:
a chronology of Shakespeare's life and times
Author:
Jonathan Bate
Author:
scene-by-scene analysis
Author:
Rasmussen, Eric
Author:
Bate, Jonathan
Author:
key facts about the work
Author:
Shakespeare, William
Author:
William, Shakespeare
Subject:
Drama : English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Drama : Shakespeare
Subject:
General
Subject:
Shakespeare
Subject:
General Drama
Subject:
Drama-Shakespeare Plays
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100504
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
224

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Product details 224 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9781588368744 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , As the citizens of Venice compete for advantageous marriages, wealth, and status, a moneylender is intent on deadly revenge. Mistrust and resentment thrive in Shakespeare's dark comedy.

Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today's most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, this Modern Library series incorporates definitive texts and

"Synopsis" by , Critical commentary accompanies the story of Antonio, who risks his life to borrow money from his enemy, Shylock, and is saved by Portia, an heiress posing as a lawyer.
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