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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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William Shakespeare: Four Comedies
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by G. R. Hibbard and Stanley Wells
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | April 1995
$15.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-043454-5 (0-14-043454-2)

A Penguin Classics edition containing The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night

Shakespearean comedy has as much to do with the structure and movement of the drama as with the wit of its dialogue or the humour of its characters. In these four... 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 Great Comedies
Written by William Shakespeare
Signet | Paperback | September 1998
$7.95/8.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-52731-8 (0-451-52731-3)

Four of the Bard's most famous comedies—including The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, and The Tempest.

"Comedies," as one of William Shakespeare's contemporaries wrote, "begin in trouble and end in peace." This is certainely true of the four masterworks selected for this collection, each of which represents... Read more






Four Great Tragedies
Written by William Shakespeare, Introduction by Sylvan Barnet
Signet | Paperback | June 1998
$7.95/8.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-52729-5 (0-451-52729-1)

The greatest tragic plays of William Shakespeare—including Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth.

What is tragedy? The Elizabethans defined it as a "lofty" play showing "personages of great state" caught up in a "lamentable" action that "beginneth prosperously and endeth unfortunately." Whether judged by this or any other standard, the plays selected... Read more






Four Histories
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by Stanley Wells and P. H. Davison
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | May 1995
$18.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-043450-7 (0-14-043450-X)

This volume contains Richard II, Henry IV Part One, Henry IV Part Two, and Henry V. Each play possesses its own distinctive mood, tone and style, and together they inhabit the turbulent period of change from the usurpation of the throne of Richard II by Bolingbroke to the triumph of heroic... Read more






William Shakespeare: Four Tragedies
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by T. J. B. Spencer
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | April 1995
$17.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-043458-3 (0-14-043458-5)

A Penguin Classics edition containing Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth

The theme of the great Shakespearean tragedies is the fall from grace of a great man due to a flaw in his nature. Whether it is the ruthless ambition of Macbeth or the folly of Lear, the irresolution of Hamlet or... 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
Puffin Books | Trade Paperback | January 2011
$7.99/9.99(Canada) | 978-0-14-241917-5 (0-14-241917-6)

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






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 Sylvan Barnet
Signet | Paperback | June 1998
$4.95/5.50(Canada) | 978-0-451-52692-2 (0-451-52692-9)

The Signet Classics edition of William Shakespeare's incomparable tragic play.

"To be, or not to be: that is the question"

There is arguably no work of fiction quoted as often as William Shakespeare's Hamlet. This haunting tragedy of a troubled Danish prince devoted to avenging his father's death has captivated audiences for centuries... Read more






Hamlet
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by David Bevington and David Scott Kastan
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1988
$5.95/7.95(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






Hamlet
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 | March 2016
$9.00/12.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-312854-0 (0-14-312854-X)

The acclaimed Pelican Shakespeare series, now in a dazzling new series design

This edition of Hamlet is edited with an introduction by series editor A. R. Braunmuller and was recently repackaged with cover art by Manuja Waldia. Waldia received a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators for the Pelican Shakespeare series.

The legendary Pelican Shakespeare... 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 1
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 | April 4, 2017
$9.00/12.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-313020-8 (0-14-313020-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






Henry IV, Part 1
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 | February 2000
$8.00/10.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-071456-2 (0-14-071456-1)

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






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.

Under the editorial supervision... Read more






Henry IV, Part 2
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 | February 2000
$8.00/9.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-071457-9 (0-14-071457-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






Henry IV, Part I
Written by William Shakespeare
Signet | Paperback | September 1998
$5.95/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-52711-0 (0-451-52711-9)

This edition of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1 uses a variety of approaches to Shakespeare, including historical and cultural studies approaches. Shakespeare's text is accompanied by an intriguing collection of thematically arranged historical and cultural documents and illustrations designed to give a firsthand knowledge of the contexts out of which Henry... Read more






Henry IV, Part II
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by Sylvan Barnet and Norman N. Holland
Signet | Paperback | September 2002
$5.95/6.50(Canada) | 978-0-451-52853-7 (0-451-52853-0)

Picking up where Henry IV, Part One left off after the Battle of Shrewsbury, Henry IV, Part Two is the story of England's King Henry IV during his final months of life, his reconciliation with his wayward heir, and his eventual death. 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 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.

Under the editorial... Read more






Henry V
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by John Russell Brown
Signet | Paperback | August 1998
$4.95/5.50(Canada) | 978-0-451-52690-8 (0-451-52690-2)

The Signet Classics edition of Shakespeare's popular history play.

Featuring the rise of King Henry V, this play chronicles England's underdog victory over the French at the Battle of Agincourt during the Hundred Years' War. 

This revised Signet Classics edition includes unique features such as:

• An overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and... 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






Henry V
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 | June 13, 2017
$9.00/12.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-313024-6 (0-14-313024-2)

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





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