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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






All's Well That Ends Well
Written by William Shakespeare, Introduction by Sylvan Barnet
Signet | Paperback | October 2005
$6.95/7.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-53001-1 (0-451-53001-2)

One of Shakespeare's most thought-provoking comedies in which high-born Lord Bertram learns humility and the true worth of his wife. Read more






All's Well That Ends Well
Written by William Shakespeare, Series edited by Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller, Edited by Claire McEachern, Introduction by Claire McEachern
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | August 2001
$8.00/10.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-071460-9 (0-14-071460-X)

The acclaimed Pelican Shakespeare series edited by A. R. Braunmuller and Stephen Orgel
 
The legendary Pelican Shakespeare series features authoritative and meticulously researched texts paired with scholarship by renowned Shakespeareans. Each book includes an essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare’s time, an introduction to the individual play, and a... 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, Edited by Sylvan Barnet
Signet | Paperback | October 1998
$4.95/5.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-52713-4 (0-451-52713-5)

The Signet Classics edition of the tragedy that features one of Shakespeare's greatest female characters.

A magnificent drama of passion and war, this riveting play presents the complicated relationship between the seductive, cunning Egyptian queen Cleopatra and the Roman leader Mark Antony, a man torn between an empire and love.

This revised Signet... Read more






Antony and Cleopatra
Written by William Shakespeare
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1988
$5.95/7.95(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






Antony and Cleopatra
Written by William Shakespeare, Series edited by Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller, Edited by A. R. Braunmuller, Introduction by A. R. Braunmuller
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | September 1999
$8.00/10.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-071452-4 (0-14-071452-9)

The acclaimed Pelican Shakespeare series edited by A. R. Braunmuller and Stephen Orgel
 
The legendary Pelican Shakespeare series features authoritative and meticulously researched texts paired with scholarship by renowned Shakespeareans. Each book includes an essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare’s time, an introduction to the individual play, and a... 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 Albert Gilman
Signet | Paperback | April 1998
$4.95/5.50(Canada) | 978-0-451-52678-6 (0-451-52678-3)

The Signet Classics edition of William Shakespeare's comedic play about two enduring human illusions—the dream of a simple life and the ideal of romantic love. 

Banished from her uncle's court, young princess Rosalind disguises herself as a farmer and encounters a memorable cast of characters—including her love Orlando—in the Forest of Arden... 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






As You Like It
Written by William Shakespeare, Series edited by Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller, Edited by Frances E. Dolan, Introduction by Frances E. Dolan
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | June 13, 2017
$9.00/12.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-313023-9 (0-14-313023-4)

 The acclaimed Pelican Shakespeare series edited by A. R. Braunmuller and Stephen Orgel
 
The legendary Pelican Shakespeare series features authoritative and meticulously researched texts paired with scholarship by renowned Shakespeareans. Each book includes an essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare’s time, an introduction to the individual play, and a... Read more






As You Like It
Written by William Shakespeare, Series edited by Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller, Edited by Frances E. Dolan, Introduction by Frances E. Dolan
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | August 2000
$8.00/10.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-071471-5 (0-14-071471-5)

 The acclaimed Pelican Shakespeare series edited by A. R. Braunmuller and Stephen Orgel
 
The legendary Pelican Shakespeare series features authoritative and meticulously researched texts paired with scholarship by renowned Shakespeareans. Each book includes an essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare’s time, an introduction to the individual play, and a... Read more






Comedies, vol. 1
Written by William Shakespeare, Introduction by Tony Tanner
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, Introduction by Tony Tanner
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 Sylvan Barnet and Harry Levin
Signet | Paperback | June 2002
$4.95/5.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-52839-1 (0-451-52839-5)

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






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
&bull...

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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






The Comedy of Errors
Written by William Shakespeare, Series edited by Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller, Edited by Frances E. Dolan, Introduction by Frances E. Dolan
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | September 1999
$7.00/7.50(Canada) | 978-0-14-071474-6 (0-14-071474-X)

The acclaimed Pelican Shakespeare series edited by A. R. Braunmuller and Stephen Orgel
 
The legendary Pelican Shakespeare series features authoritative and meticulously researched texts paired with scholarship by renowned Shakespeareans. Each book includes an essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare’s time, an introduction to the individual play, and a... Read more






The Complete Pelican Shakespeare
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller
Penguin Classics | Hardcover | October 2002
$75.00/97.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-100058-9 (0-14-100058-9)

This major new complete edition of Shakespeare's works combines accessibility with the latest scholarship. Each play and collection of poems is preceded by a substantial introduction that looks at textual and literary-historical issues. The texts themselves have been scrupulously edited and are accompanied by same-page notes and glossaries. Particular attention has... 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






Coriolanus
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by Sylvan Barnet and Reuben Brower
Signet | Paperback | July 2002
$5.95/8.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-52843-8 (0-451-52843-3)

The story of an Ancient Roman soldier whose political machinations and military might gain him heroic status, but ultimately lead to his assassination. Read more






Coriolanus
Written by William Shakespeare, Series edited by Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller, Edited by Jonathan Crewe, Introduction by Jonathan Crewe
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | September 1999
$8.00/10.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-071473-9 (0-14-071473-1)

The acclaimed Pelican Shakespeare series edited by A. R. Braunmuller and Stephen Orgel
 
The legendary Pelican Shakespeare series features authoritative and meticulously researched texts paired with scholarship by renowned Shakespeareans. Each book includes an essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare’s time, an introduction to the individual play, and a... 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






Cymbeline
Written by William Shakespeare, Series edited by Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller, Edited by Peter Holland, Introduction by Peter Holland
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | February 2000
$8.00/10.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-071472-2 (0-14-071472-3)

"I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series. Here is an elegant and clear text for either the study or the rehearsal room, notes where you need... Read more






Five Revenge Tragedies
Written by William Shakespeare, Thomas Middleton, John Marston, Thomas Kyd and Henry Chettle
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | November 2012
$16.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-119227-7 (0-14-119227-5)

A new, authoritative edition of five classic revenge plays
 

As the Elizabethan era gave way to the reign of James I, England grappled with corruption within the royal court and widespread religious anxiety. Dramatists responded with morally complex plays of dark wit and violent spectacle, exploring the nature of death, the... Read more





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