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William Shakespeare

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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... Read More

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Julius Caesar

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 14, 2011
Price: $2.99

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Julius Caesar

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by David Bevington and David Scott Kastan


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: September 16, 2009
Price: $4.99

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King John & Henry VIII

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 10, 2012
Price: $10.00

“Mad world, mad kings, mad composition!”
—King John

In one volume, eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide fresh new editions of two classic histories: Henry VIII and King John.

THIS VOLUME ALSO INCLUDES MORE THAN A HUNDRED PAGES OF EXCLUSIVE FEATURES:

• original Introductions to Henry VIII and King John
• incisive scene-by-scene... Read more >
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King John & Henry VIII

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: eBook, 416 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 10, 2012
Price: $2.99

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King John and Henry VIII

Written by William Shakespeare


Format: Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 7, 1988
Price: $5.99

These two history plays -- one written in the early days of Shakespeare's career and one at the very end -- are alike in the complexity of their political vision. King John probes the nature of good and evil as self-interest and ruthless ambition proceed unchecked while an unpopular ruler wages... Read more >
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King John and Henry VIII

Written by William Shakespeare


Format: eBook, 592 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: July 17, 2013
Price: $5.99

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King Lear

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 14, 2009
Price: $8.00

King Lear is Shakespeare’s bleakest and profoundest tragedy, a searing dramatization of humankind at the edge of apocalypse that explores the family and the nature of being with passion, poetry, and dark humor.

Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today’s most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, this Modern... Read more >
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King Lear

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by David Bevington and David Scott Kastan


Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1988
Price: $4.99

A king foolishly divides his kingdom between his scheming two oldest daughters and estranges himself from the daughter who loves him. So begins this profoundly moving and disturbing tragedy that, perhaps more than any other work in literature, challenges the notion of a coherent and just universe. The king and others... Read more >
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King Lear

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by David Bevington and David Scott Kastan


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: June 12, 2013
Price: $4.99

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King Lear

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 4, 2009
Price: $7.99

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The Late Romances

Written by William Shakespeare


Format: Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1988
Price: $6.99

Contains Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale and The Tempest.  An exciting new edition of the complete works of Shakespeare with these features: Illustrated with photographs from New York Shakespeare Festival productions, vivid readable readable introductions for each play by noted scholar David Bevington, a lively personal foreword by Joseph Papp, an insightful... Read more >
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The Late Romances

Written by William Shakespeare


Format: eBook, 848 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: August 26, 2009
Price: $6.99

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Love Poems & Sonnets of William Shakespeare

Written by William Shakespeare


Format: eBook, 160 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: February 20, 2013
Price: $9.99

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Love Poems & Sonnets of William Shakespeare

Written by William Shakespeare


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: September 3, 1957
Price: $15.95

The greatest sonnets ever written, by the greatest poet and playwright in the English language--now in a handsome edition featuring exquisite color illustrations. Read more >
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Love's Labour's Lost

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $5.95

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Love's Labour's Lost

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $2.99

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Macbeth

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 14, 2009
Price: $8.00

One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, filled with fierce, violent action, Macbeth is a human drama of ambition, desire, and guilt in a world of blood and darkness, with whispers of the supernatural.

Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today’s most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, this Modern... Read more >
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Macbeth

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by David Bevington and David Scott Kastan


Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1988
Price: $4.99

No dramatist has ever seen with more frightening clarity into the heart and mind of a murderer than has Shakespeare in this brilliant and bloody tragedy of evil. Taunted into asserting his "masculinity" by his ambitious wife, Macbeth chooses to embrace the Weird Sisters' prophecy and kill his king--and, thus, seals... Read more >
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Macbeth

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by David Bevington and David Scott Kastan


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: June 12, 2013
Price: $4.99

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Macbeth

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 4, 2009
Price: $2.99

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Measure for Measure

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $8.00

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Measure for Measure

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $2.99

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Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida, and All's Well that Ends Well

Written by William Shakespeare


Format: eBook, 640 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: August 26, 2009
Price: $6.99

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Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida, and All's Well that Ends Well

Written by William Shakespeare


Format: Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1988
Price: $6.99

An exciting new edition of the complete works of Shakespeare with these features: Illustrated with photographs from New York Shakespeare Festival productions, vivid readable readable introductions for each play by noted scholar David Bevington, a lively personal foreword by Joseph Papp, an insightful essay on the play in performance, modern... Read more >
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The Merchant of Venice

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $5.95

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