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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






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 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 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 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






Julius Caesar
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by David Bevington and David Scott Kastan
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1988
$4.99/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21296-9 (0-553-21296-6)

In this striking tragedy of political conflict, Shakespeare turns to the ancient Roman world and to the famous assassination of Julius Caesar by his republican opponents. The play is one of tumultuous rivalry, of prophetic warnings–“Beware the ides of March”–and of moving public oratory, “Friends, Romans, countrymen!” Ironies abound and most... Read more






King Lear
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by David Bevington and David Scott Kastan
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1988
$4.99/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21297-6 (0-553-21297-4)

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






Macbeth
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by David Bevington and David Scott Kastan
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1988
$4.99/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21298-3 (0-553-21298-2)

No dramatist has ever seen with more frightening clarity into the heart and mind of a murderer than has Shakespeare in this compelling 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 his own... Read more






The Merchant of Venice
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by David Bevington and David Scott Kastan
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1988
$4.99/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21299-0 (0-553-21299-0)

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 the more disturbing story of the Jewish moneylender Shylock and his demand for the “pound of... Read more






A Midsummer Night's Dream
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by David Bevington and David Scott Kastan
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1988
$4.99/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21300-3 (0-553-21300-8)

Magic, love spells, and an enchanted wood provide the materials for one of Shakespeare’s most delightful comedies. When four young lovers, fleeing the Athenian law and their own mismatched rivalries, take to the forest of Athens, their lives become entangled with a feud between the King and Queen of the Fairies... Read more






Much Ado About Nothing
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by David Bevington and David Scott Kastan
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1988
$4.99/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21301-0 (0-553-21301-6)

Set in a courtly world of masked revels and dances, this play turns on the archetypal story of a lady falsely accused of unfaithfulness, spurned by her bridegroom, and finally vindicated and reunited with him. Villainy, schemes, and deceits threaten to darken the brilliant humor and sparkling wordplay–but the hilarious counterplot... Read more






Othello
Written by William Shakespeare and David Scott Kastan, Edited by David Bevington
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1988
$4.99/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21302-7 (0-553-21302-4)

Though this great tragedy of unsurpassed intensity and emotion is played out against Renaissance splendor, its story of the doomed marriage of a Venetian senator’s daughter, Desdemona, to a Moorish general, Othello, is especially relevant to modern audiences. The differences in race and background create an initial tension that allows the... Read more






The Taming of the Shrew
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by David Bevington and David Scott Kastan
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1988
$4.99/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21306-5 (0-553-21306-7)

A robust and bawdy battle of the sexes, this ever popular comedy captivates audiences with outrageous humor as Katharina, the shrew, engages in a contest of wills–and love–with her bridegroom, Petruchio. Their boisterous conflict is set off against a more conventional romantic plot involving the wooing of Katharina’s lovely and compliant... Read more






Twelfth Night
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by David Bevington and David Scott Kastan
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1988
$4.99/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21308-9 (0-553-21308-3)

Set in a topsy-turvy world like a holiday revel, this comedy devises a romantic plot around separated twins, misplaced passions, and mistaken identity. Juxtaposed to it is the satirical story of a self-deluded steward who dreams of becoming “Count Malvolio” only to receive his comeuppance at the hands of the merrymakers... Read more





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