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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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Julius Caesar
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | June 2011
$8.00/9.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6936-8 (0-8129-6936-7)

“It must be by his death.”
Julius Caesar

 
Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of this masterpiece of political power play and manipulation—along with more than a hundred pages of exclusive features, including:
 
• an original Introduction to Julius Caesar
• incisive scene-by-scene synopsis and analysis with vital...

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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 John & Henry VIII
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | April 2012
$10.00/12.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6939-9 (0-8129-6939-1)

“Mad world, mad kings, mad composition!”
—King John
 
In one volume, eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide fresh new editions of two classic histories: Henry VIII and King John.
 
THIS VOLUME ALSO INCLUDES MORE THAN A HUNDRED PAGES OF EXCLUSIVE FEATURES:
 
• original Introductions to... Read more






King John and Henry VIII
Written by William Shakespeare
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1988
$5.99/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21286-0 (0-553-21286-9)

These two history plays—one written in the early days of Shakespeare’s career and one at the very end—are alike in the complexity of their political vision. King John probes the nature of good and evil as self-interest and ruthless ambition proceed unchecked while an unpopular ruler wages a brutal fight to... Read more






King Lear
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | April 2009
$8.00/9.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6911-5 (0-8129-6911-1)

King Lear is Shakespeare’s bleakest and profoundest tragedy, a searing dramatization of humankind at the edge of apocalypse that explores the family and the nature of being with passion, poetry, and dark humor.

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






The Late Romances
Written by William Shakespeare
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1988
$6.99/9.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21288-4 (0-553-21288-5)

Pericles
The first of Shakespeare’s late romances moves spectacularly from one dramatic period to another as the hero, Pericles, sails off to adventure and love, and experiences what for him is a miracle.

Cymbeline

A favorite romantic drama, this play of a wife unjustly accused of faithlessness moves from a world of intrigue and... Read more






Love Poems & Sonnets of William Shakespeare
Written by William Shakespeare
Doubleday | Hardcover | September 1957
$15.95/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-385-01733-6 (0-385-01733-2)

The greatest sonnets ever written, by the greatest poet and playwright in the English language--now in a handsome edition featuring exquisite color illustrations. Read more






Love's Labour's Lost
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | August 2008
$5.95/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6914-6 (0-8129-6914-6)

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 Rasmussen

Incorporating 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






Macbeth
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | April 2009
$8.00/10.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6916-0 (0-8129-6916-2)

One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, filled with fierce, violent action, Macbeth is a human drama of ambition, desire, and guilt in a world of blood and darkness, with whispers of the supernatural.

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






Measure for Measure
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | September 2010
$8.00/9.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6928-3 (0-8129-6928-6)

Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of this powerful play that explores sexual hypocrisy and questions morality at all levels of society. This volume also includes more than a hundred pages of exclusive features, including:
 
• an original Introduction to Measure for Measure
• incisive scene-by-scene... Read more






Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida, and All's Well that Ends Well
Written by William Shakespeare
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1988
$6.99/9.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21287-7 (0-553-21287-7)

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 and... Read more






The Merchant of Venice
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | May 2010
$5.95/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6927-6 (0-8129-6927-8)

As the citizens of Venice compete for advantageous marriages, wealth, and status, a moneylender is intent on deadly revenge. Mistrust and resentment thrive in Shakespeare’s dark comedy.

Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today’s most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, this Modern Library series incorporates definitive texts and... 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






The Merry Wives of Windsor
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | June 2011
$8.00/9.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6932-0 (0-8129-6932-4)

“Why, then the world’s mine oyster.”
The Merry Wives of Windsor
 
Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of this popular comedy of love, laughter, and merriment—along with more than a hundred pages of exclusive features, including
 
• an original Introduction to The Merry Wives of Windsor
• incisive... Read more






A Midsummer Night's Dream
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | August 2008
$8.00/10.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6912-2 (0-8129-6912-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 Rasmussen

Incorporating 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






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 Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | August 2009
$8.00/9.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6917-7 (0-8129-6917-0)

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






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, Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | August 2009
$8.00/10.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6915-3 (0-8129-6915-4)

Shakespeare shines a fierce spotlight on the jealous heart and on our attitudes toward the outsider. A story of its time and for our time, full of terror and beauty, Othello is urgent, gripping, radical, and beautiful.

Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today’s most accomplished... 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






Pericles
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | April 2012
$8.00/10.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6943-6 (0-8129-6943-X)

“This world to me is but a ceaseless storm
Whirring me from my friends.”
—Pericles
 
Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of this classic tragicomedy of good and evil in many guises.
 
THIS VOLUME ALSO INCLUDES MORE THAN A HUNDRED PAGES OF... Read more






The Poems
Written by William Shakespeare
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1988
$5.99/8.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21309-6 (0-553-21309-1)

The Poems

Shakespeare’s greatest achievement in nondramatic verse was his collection of 154 magnificent sonnets that portray a tumultuous world of love, rivalry, and conflict among a poet, an aristocratic young man, a rival poet, and a mysterious “dark lady.” More profound than other Elizabethan sonnet sequences and never surpassed as archetypes... Read more






Richard II
Written by William Shakespeare, Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | September 2010
$5.95/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6930-6 (0-8129-6930-8)

Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of Richard II, chronologically the first of the eight plays in Shakespeare’s History Cycle, which marks the beginning of a great schism within the nobility of England that will leave the nation riven by bloody conflict for the... Read more





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