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William Shakespeare

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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All's Well That Ends Well
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | September 2011
$8.00/9.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6937-5 (0-8129-6937-5)

“A young man married is a man that’s marr’d.”
—All’s Well That Ends Well
 
Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of this classic play about gender, desire, and sexual love.
 
THIS VOLUME ALSO INCLUDES MORE THAN A HUNDRED PAGES OF EXCLUSIVE FEATURES:
 
• an original Introduction to All’s... Read more






Antony and Cleopatra
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | April 2009
$8.00/10.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6918-4 (0-8129-6918-9)

Written at the pinnacle of Shakespeare’s career and featuring his most soaring poetic idiom, Antony and Cleopatra is both an immortal love story and a political drama played out on a global scale.

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






Antony and Cleopatra
Written by William Shakespeare
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1988
$4.95/6.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-21289-1 (0-553-21289-3)

A magnificent drama of love and war, this riveting tragedy presents one of Shakespeare's greatest female characters—the seductive, cunning Egyptian queen Cleopatra. The Roman leader Mark Antony, a virtual prisoner of his passion for her, is a man torn between pleasure and virtue, between sensual indolence and duty . . ... Read more






As You Like It
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | May 2010
$8.00/10.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6922-1 (0-8129-6922-7)

Uncertain of their standing in court and fearing for their lives, Rosalind and Orlando are forced into exile in the Forest of Arden, only to become entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust, and mistaken identity. One of Shakespeare’s great comedies, As You Like It subverts the traditional rules of... Read more






As You Like It
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by David Bevington and David Scott Kastan
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1988
$4.99/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21290-7 (0-553-21290-7)

This wisely funny comedy, which contains some of Shakespeare’s loveliest poetry, contrasts a court’s world of envy and rivalry with a forest’s world of compassion and harmony. In the Forest of Arden, the banished young heroine, Rosalind, disguised as a gentleman farmer, encounters an extraordinary assemblage of characters, including a fool... Read more






Comedies, vol. 1
Written by William Shakespeare
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | July 1995
$24.00/32.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-44363-6 (0-679-44363-0)

 

Shakespeare forged his tremendous art in the crucible of his comic imagination, which throughout his life enveloped and contained his tragic one. His early comedies—with their baroque poetic exuberance, intense theatricality, explosive bursts of humor, and superbly concrete realizations of the dialects of love—capture as in a chrysalis all that he...

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Comedies, vol. 2
Written by William Shakespeare
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | April 1996
$26.00/31.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-44720-7 (0-679-44720-2)

Shakespeare’s later comedies were written at the astonishing pace of about two plays a year. In them, he moves beyond the farce of his earlier comedies to richer and more varied dramas. These range from the famous “problem plays,” which blend humor with tragedy, to the idyllic romances set in such...

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The Comedy of Errors
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | June 2011
$8.00/9.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6933-7 (0-8129-6933-2)

“I see two husbands, or mine eyes deceive me.”
The Comedy of Errors
 
Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of this raucous story of mistaken identity and family—along with more than a hundred pages of exclusive features, including
 
• an original Introduction to The Comedy of Errors
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The Comedy of Errors
Written by William Shakespeare
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1988
$4.99/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21291-4 (0-553-21291-5)

Hilarious fun, this early comedy is filled with the merry violence of slapstick and farce. When two sets of twins, separated and apparently lost to each other, all end up in the rowdy, rollicking city of Ephesus, the stage is set for mix-ups, mayhem, and mistaken identity—plus the timeless puns, jokes... Read more






Coriolanus
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | June 2011
$8.00/9.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6934-4 (0-8129-6934-0)

“O mother, mother! What have you done?”
Coriolanus


Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of this gripping political and personal tragedy—along with more than a hundred pages of exclusive features, including
 
• an original Introduction to Coriolanus
• incisive scene-by-scene synopsis and analysis with vital facts about the... Read more






Cymbeline
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | September 2011
$8.00/9.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6942-9 (0-8129-6942-1)

“Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.”
—Cymbeline
 
Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of this classic tragedy in which nothing is as it seems.
 
THIS VOLUME ALSO INCLUDES MORE THAN A HUNDRED PAGES OF EXCLUSIVE FEATURES:
 
• an original Introduction to Cymbeline
• incisive... Read more






Four Comedies
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by David Bevington and David Scott Kastan
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1988
$6.99/10.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21281-5 (0-553-21281-8)

The Taming of the Shrew
Robust and bawdy, The Taming of the Shrew captivates audiences with outrageous humor as Katharina, the shrew, engages in a contest of wills–and love–with her bridegroom, Petruchio, in a comedy of unmatched theatrical brilliance, filled with visual gags and witty repartee.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Fairy magic, love... Read more






Four Tragedies
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by David Bevington and David Scott Kastan
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1988
$7.99/10.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21283-9 (0-553-21283-4)

Hamlet
One of the most famous plays of all time, the compelling tragedy of the young prince of Denmark who must reconcile his longing for oblivion with his duty to avenge his father’s murder is one of Shakespeare’s greatest works. The ghost, Ophelia’s death and burial, the play within a play, and... Read more






Hamlet
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | August 2008
$8.00/9.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6909-2 (0-8129-6909-X)

A continuation of the major series of individual Shakespeare plays from the world renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, edited by two brilliant, younger generation Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric RasmussenIncorporating definitive text and cutting-edge notes from William Shakespeare: Complete Works-the first authoritative, modernized edition of Shakespeare's First Folio in more than... Read more






Hamlet
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by David Bevington and David Scott Kastan
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1988
$4.99/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21292-1 (0-553-21292-3)

One of the greatest plays of all time, the compelling tragedy of the tormented young prince of Denmark continues to capture the imaginations of modern audiences worldwide. Confronted with evidence that his uncle murdered his father, and with his mother’s infidelity, Hamlet must find a means of reconciling his longing for... Read more






Henry IV, Part 1
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | August 2009
$8.00/9.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6924-5 (0-8129-6924-3)

Henry IV sits on a usurped throne, his conscience and his nobles in revolt, while his son Hal is immersed in a self-indulgent life of revelry with the notorious Sir John Falstaff. Shakespeare explores questions of kingship and honor in this masterly mingling of history, comedy, and tragedy.

Under the editorial... Read more






Henry IV, Part 2
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | August 2009
$5.95/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6925-2 (0-8129-6925-1)

After defeat at the Battle of Shrewsbury the rebels regroup. But Prince Hal’s reluctance to inherit the crown threatens to destroy the ailing Henry IV’s dream of a lasting dynasty. Shakespeare’s portrait of the prodigal son’s journey from youth to maturity embraces the full panorama of society.

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Henry IV, Part One
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by David Bevington and David Scott Kastan
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1988
$4.99/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21293-8 (0-553-21293-1)

A play alive with escapades and action, comedy and history, Henry IV, Part One begins the transformation of the madcap Prince Hal into the splendid ruler King Henry. In it a rebellion against King and State is juxtaposed with another rebellion–the riotous misbehavior of Hal and his companions, principally Falstaff. A... Read more






Henry IV, Part Two
Written by William Shakespeare
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1988
$4.99/5.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21294-5 (0-553-21294-X)

The stirring continuation of the themes begun in Henry IV, Part One again pits a rebellion within the State and that master of misrule, Falstaff, against the maturing of Prince Hal. Alternating scenes between bawdy tavern and regal court, between revelry and politics, Shakespeare probes at the sources, uses, and responsibilities... Read more






Henry V
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | May 2010
$8.00/10.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6926-9 (0-8129-6926-X)

With his family’s claim to the throne uncertain, Henry seeks to secure his position by turning the country’s attention abroad. But when his outnumbered army is trapped at Agincourt, disaster seems inevitable. Shakespeare probes notions of leadership and power in this iconic depiction of England’s charismatic warrior king.

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Henry V
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by David Bevington and David Scott Kastan
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1988
$4.99/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21295-2 (0-553-21295-8)

A triumphantly patriotic play that also casts a critical eye at war and warriors, this great epic drama depicts a charismatic ruler in a time of national struggle. The young King Henry’s victory over the French despite overwhelming odds creates a spectacle of action, color, and thundering battles. Whether the warrior-king... Read more






Henry VI
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | April 2012
$12.00/14.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6940-5 (0-8129-6940-5)

“The gaudy, blabbing and remorseful day
Is crept into the bosom of the sea.”
—Henry VI
 
Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of the three-part classic history that revolves around the epic, dynastic Wars of the Roses.
 
THIS VOLUME ALSO INCLUDES MORE... Read more






Henry VI
Written by William Shakespeare
Bantam | Paperback | January 1988
$6.99/7.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21285-3 (0-553-21285-0)

Displaying the bold vision and growing skill of a young playwright, these are Shakespeare’s first three history plays, covering some sixty tumultuous years of English history. Their pageantry, violence, and stirring speeches excite audiences with action as well as character, and midway through the final play in this trilogy, a shocking... Read more






Histories
Written by William Shakespeare
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 1994
$22.00/30.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-43312-5 (0-679-43312-0)

 

Shakespeare’s histories—containing within their crowded tableaux all of the tragedies, confusions, and beauties of human life—are not only drama of the highest order. They also serve as windows through which generations have made themselves familiar with crucial episodes in English history. For an Elizabethan England that had already emerged onto the...

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Histories, vol. 2
Written by William Shakespeare
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | November 1994
$24.00/28.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-43650-8 (0-679-43650-2)

William Shakespeare arrived at his splendid maturity as an artist in his second cycle of history plays. With their superb battle scenes; their magnificent major and minor characters; their stories of ambition, usurpation, guilt, and redemption; and their profound ideas about the social order, these plays represent the Elizabethan historical drama...

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