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  • MERCHANT OF VENICE  /  ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    MERCHANT OF VENICE / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436813
    Title: MERCHANT OF VENICE / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Merchant of Venice is perhaps most associated not with its titular hero, Antonio, but with the complex figure of the money lender, Shylock. The play was described as a comedy in the First Folio but modern audiences find it more problematic to categorise. The vilification of Shylock 'the Jew' can be very uncomfortable for a post-holocaust audience and debates continue as to whether Shakespeare's portrayal of this complex man is sympathetic or anti-semitic. John Drakakis's comprehensive introduction traces the stage history of the figure of the Jew and looks boldly at twenty-first century issues surrounding it. He also explores other themes of the play such as father-daughter relations, the power of money and the forceful character of Portia, offering readers an energetic, original and revelatory reading of this challenging play. The Arden Shakespeare has long set the gold standard in annotated, scholarly editions of the plays. Each Arden edition offers an authoritative text with comprehensive commentary notes together with a lengthy, illustrated introduction by a leading scholar exploring the play's critical, theatrical and historical contexts.

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
    MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780141396576
    Title: MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: DECEMBER 2015 NEW RELEASE

    'We'll leave a proof, by that which we will do, Wives may be merry, and yet honest too'

    In need of money, the fat and foolish Falstaff devises a scheme to seduce two married women and steal their husbands' wealth. But the wives soon discover his plan and join forces to plot their own revenge. Relentlessly inventive and yet set in a familiar domestic world of everyday English life, this comic humiliation of a ridiculous would-be Romeo is an exuberant and ultimately joyful celebration of the restorative power of laughter.

    'It never yet had reader or spectator, who did not think it too soon at end.' Samuel Johnson

    General Editor Stanley Wells
    Edited by G. R. Hibbard
    Introduction by Catherine Richardson



    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781904271123
    Title: MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Merry Wives of Windsor, Shakespeare's only thoroughly English comedy, created an archetypal literary figure in the shape of the devious, irrepressible John Falstaff. This stimulating new edition celebrates the play as a joyous exploration of language, but also places elements of its plot firmly in a continental, specifically Italian, tradition of romantic comedy. It draws out the complexities of Merry Wives as a multi-plot play, and takes a fresh and challenging look at both textual and dating issues; a facsimile of the first Quarto is included as an appendix. The play's extensive performance history, both dramatic and operatic, is fully explored and discussed.'This is a significant and substantive edition, in that nothing has been taken for granted, everything has been opened to reconsideration. The commentary is exceptionally detailed and attentive to questions of language and meaning.'John Jowett, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, Shakespeare Quarterly

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM   -   ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436608
    Title: MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Arden Shakespeare is the established edition of Shakespeare's work. Justly celebrated for its authoritative scholarship and invaluable commentary, Arden guides you a richer understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare's plays.This edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream provides, a clear and authoritative text, detailed notes and commentary on the same page as the text, a full introduction discussing the critical and historical background to the play and appendices presenting sources and relevant extracts.

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
    MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780141396590
    Title: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2015 NEW RELEASE

    'When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married'

    Beatrice and Benedick both claim they are determined never to marry. But when their friends trick them into believing that each harbours secret feelings for the other, the pair begin to question whether their witty banter and verbal sparring conceals something deeper. Schemes abound, misunderstandings proliferate and matches are eventually made in this dazzling, dark-edged comedy of mature love and second chances.

    'He was not of an age, but for all time.' Ben Jonson

    General Introduction by Stanley Wells
    Edited by R. A. Foakes
    Introduction by Janette Dillon



    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING  /  ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436837
    Title: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Much Ado About Nothing boasts one of Shakespeare's most delightful heroines, most dancing wordplay, and the endearing spectacle of intellectual and social self-importance bested by the desire to love and be loved in return. It offers both the dancing wit of the "merry war" between the sexes, and a sobering vision of the costs of that combat for both men and women. Shakespeare dramatizes a social world in all of its vibrant particulars, in which characters are shaped by the relations between social convention and individual choice.This edition of the play offers in its introduction and commentary an extensive discussion of the materials that informed Shakespeare's compositional choices, both those conventional sources and other contexts, from cuckold jokes to conduct books, which inform the ideas and identities of this play. Particular attention is devoted to Renaissance understandings of gender identity and social rank, as well as to the social valences of Shakespeare's stylistic choices. A treatment of staging possibilities offers illustrations drawn from the earliest and recent theatrical practices, and a critical history examines the fate of the play in the changing trends of academic scholarship. "The text is superb...the critical introduction is predictably smart and engaging, exactly the sort of essay one would recommend to students."Eric Rasmussen, Shakespeare Survey

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • OTHELLO
    OTHELLO
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780141396514
    Title: OTHELLO
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2015 NEW RELEASE

    'Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see. She has deceived her father, and may thee'

    A soldier of great standing and a newly married man, Othello seems to be in an enviable position. And yet, when his supposed friend sows doubts in his mind about his wife's fidelity, he is gradually consumed by suspicion. In this tragedy of strange, ornate beauty and remarkable psychological power, innocence is corrupted, and goodness and happiness are wantonly destroyed.

    'It makes evil specific and precise and human.' Sam Mendes

    General Introduction by Stanley Wells
    Edited by Kenneth Muir
    Introduction by Tom McAlindon



    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $17.99
    Price: $17.99
  • OTHELLO - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    OTHELLO - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781472571762
    Title: OTHELLO - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This second edition of Othello has a new, illustrated introduction by leading American scholar Ayanna Thompson, which addresses such key issues as race, religion and gender, as well as looking at ways in which the play has been adapted in more recent times.

    Othello is one of Shakespeare's great tragedies-written in the same five-year period as Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth. The new introduction attends to the play's different meanings throughout history, while articulating the historical context in which Othello was created, paying particular attention to Shakespeare's source materials and the evidence about early modern constructions of racial and religious difference. It also explores the life of the play in different historical moments, demonstrating how meanings and performances develop, accrue, and metamorphose over time. The volume provides a rich and current resource, making this best-selling play edition ideal for today's students at advanced school and undergraduate level.

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.00

    Price: $19.00
  • OXFORD DICTIONARY OF ORIGINAL SHAKESPEARE PRONUNCIATION
    OXFORD DICTIONARY OF ORIGINAL SHAKESPEARE PRONUNCIATION
    CRYSTAL DAVID
    ISBN: 9780199668427
    Title: OXFORD DICTIONARY OF ORIGINAL SHAKESPEARE PRONUNCIATION
    Author: CRYSTAL DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This dictionary is the first comprehensive description of Shakespearean original pronunication (OP), enabling practitioners to deal with any queries about the pronunciation of individual words. It includes all the words in the First Folio, transcribed using IPA, and the accompanying website hosts sound files as a further aid to pronunciation.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $63.99

    Price: $63.99
  • PERICLES
    PERICLES
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780141396637
    Title: PERICLES
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2015 NEW RELEASE

    'One sin, I know, another doth provoke; Murder's as near to lust as flame to smoke'

    Pericles, Prince of Tyre, must solve a riddle in order to marry, or be put to death. But when the answer reveals a horrific secret, the young man faces his greatest dilemma. Danger and adventure follow as Pericles flees the city to find his fortune elsewhere, in a fast-paced, emotionally charged drama of families lost and reunited, evil punished and virtue rewarded.

    'Shakespeare is woven into our history, our most private selves . . . he is everywhere.' Dominic Dromgoole

    General Introduction by Stanley Wells
    Edited with an Introduction by Eugene Giddens



    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • PERICLES   -   ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    PERICLES - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436851
    Title: PERICLES - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Suzanne Gossett offers a full and critical performance history, with an introduction showing how the play's performance history has paralled the criticism. It then gives an interpretation of this two-generation romance, with its successive male and female central characters, based on a reading 'through the family', and influenced by the feminist and new historicist criticism of the last two decades. The edition integrates cumulative research on Shakespeare's collaborative authorship and the transmission of the text without rewriting the play or ignoring years of emendations.

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • POEMS AND SONNETS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    POEMS AND SONNETS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781853264160
    Title: POEMS AND SONNETS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction by Tim Cook.

    Shakespeare's sonnets have an intensity of both feeling and meaning unmatched in English sonnet form. They divide into two parts; the first 126 sonnets are addressed to a fair youth for whom the poet has an obsessive love and the second chronicles his love for the notorious "Dark Lady".'

    In addition to the sonnets, this volume includes Shakespeare's two lengthy narrative poems on classical themes, 'The Rape of Lucrece' which looks forward to the dark imagery of 'Macbeth', and 'Venus and Adonis' which mixes ribaldry and tragedy in unique Shakespearean manner. 'The Phoenix and the Turtle' is a beautiful metaphysical and allegorical short elegy, and takes its place with Shakespeare's better-known poetry.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $16.95

    Price: $16.95
  • POEMS SHAKESPEARE
    POEMS SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780415027526
    Title: POEMS SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $21.95
    Price: $21.95
  • RICHARD II
    RICHARD II
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780141396644
    Title: RICHARD II
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Banishing his cousin, Bolingbroke, King Richard II prevents a dispute from turning bloody. But Richard is an arrogant and despotic ruler, prone to tyranny and vanity, who listens only to his flatterers. As favour turns against him and Bolingbroke returns to reclaim his land...

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • RICHARD III
    RICHARD III
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780141396651
    Title: RICHARD III
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: FEBRUARY 2016 NEW RELEASE

    'Now is the winter of our discontent. Made glorious summer by this sun of York'

    As the dust settles on England after bloody civil war, the bitter hunchback Richard, brother of the king, is secretly plotting to seize the throne. Charming and duplicitous, powerfully eloquent and viciously cruel, he is prepared to go to any lengths to achieve his goal. Shakespeare's final drama of the Wars of the Roses cycle shows a man who, in his skilful manipulation of events and people, is a chilling incarnation of the temptations of power in a land shocked by war.

    'Exciting, funny and violent.' Ian McKellen

    General Editor Stanley Wells
    Edited by E. A. J. Honigmann
    Introduction by Michael Taylor



    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • ROMEO AND JULIET   -   ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    ROMEO AND JULIET - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436912
    Title: ROMEO AND JULIET - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A major new edition of Shakespeare's tragedy arguing that the play is ultimately Juliet's. The illustrated introduction discusses the play's stage and screen history, its language and the many critical issues surrounding it.It gives a comprehensive, penetrating introduction to the play.On-page notes to deepen understanding.

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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