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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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The Merchant of Venice

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

The Merchant of Venice is an intriguing drama of love, greed and revenge. At its heart, the play contrasts the characters of the maddened and vengeful Shylock, a Venetian moneylender, with the gracious, level-headed Portia, a wealthy young woman besieged by suitors. At the play's climax, Shylock insists that a binding... Read more >
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The Merchant of Venice

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $2.99

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The Merchant of Venice

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


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: September 16, 2009
Price: $4.99

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The Merry Wives of Windsor

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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The Merry Wives of Windsor

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 14, 2011
Price: $8.00

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 1, 2012
Price: $7.99

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: June 5, 2013
Price: $4.99

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $8.00

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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


Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1988
Price: $4.99

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 spelling... Read more >
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Much Ado About Nothing

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 25, 2009
Price: $8.00

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Much Ado About Nothing

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


Format: Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1988
Price: $4.99

Set in a courtly world of masked revels and dances, this play turns on the archetypal story if a lady falsely accused of unfaithfulness, spurned by her bridegroom, and finally vindicated and reunited with him. Villainy, schemes, and deceit threatens to darken the brilliant humor and sparkling wordplay--but the hilarious counterplot... Read more >
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Much Ado About Nothing

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


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: September 16, 2009
Price: $4.99

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Much Ado About Nothing

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 25, 2009
Price: $7.99

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Othello

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 25, 2009
Price: $8.00

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Othello

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


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

This great tragedy of unsurpassed intensity and emotion is played out against Renaissance splendor. The doomed marriage of Desdemona to the Moor Othello is the focus of a storm of tension, incited by the consumately evil villain Iago, that culminates in one of the most deeply moving scences in theatrical history... Read more >
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Othello

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


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: July 10, 2013
Price: $4.99

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Othello

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 25, 2009
Price: $2.99

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Pericles

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 10, 2012
Price: $8.00

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Pericles

Written by William Shakespeare
Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 10, 2012
Price: $7.99

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The Poems

Written by William Shakespeare


Format: Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1988
Price: $5.99

The best-known and most enduring of William Shakespeare's poems, his 154 sonnets, were circulated in handwritten copies, "among his private friends," in the mid-to-late 1590s. Shakespeare wrote nearly all of these excruciatingly personal lyrics, in their tightly prescribed form, during the first decade of his theatrical career, and during a brief... Read more >
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The Poems

Written by William Shakespeare


Format: eBook, 528 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: August 26, 2009
Price: $5.99

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Richard II

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: $5.95

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Richard II

Written by William Shakespeare


Format: Paperback, 304 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 spelling... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook and a trade paperback.

Richard II

Written by William Shakespeare


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: May 8, 2013
Price: $6.99

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Richard II

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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