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  • 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
  • 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
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ROMEO AND JULIET - PELICAN SHAKESPEARE
    ROMEO AND JULIET - PELICAN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780143128571
    Title: ROMEO AND JULIET - PELICAN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2016 NEW RELEASE

    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 detailed note on the text used. Updated by general editors Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller, these easy-to-read editions incorporate over thirty years of Shakespeare scholarship undertaken since the original series, edited by Alfred Harbage, appeared between 1956 and 1967. With stunning new covers, definitive texts, and illuminating essays, the Pelican Shakespeare will remain a valued resource for students, teachers, and theater professionals for many years to come.

    This edition of Romeo and Juliet is edited with an introduction by Peter Holland.

    For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.



    Imprint: PELICAN
    RRP: $12.99
    Price: $12.99
  • SHAKESFEAR AND HOW TO CURE IT : The Complete Handbook for Teaching Shakespeare
    SHAKESFEAR AND HOW TO CURE IT : The Complete Handbook for Teaching Shakespeare
    COHEN RALPH ALAN
    ISBN: 9781474228718
    Title: SHAKESFEAR AND HOW TO CURE IT : The Complete Handbook for Teaching Shakespeare
    Author: COHEN RALPH ALAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For teachers and lovers of Shakespeare, ShakesFear and How to Cure It provides a comprehensive approach to the challenge and rewards of teaching Shakespeare and gives teachers both an overview of each of Shakespeare's 38 plays and specific classroom tools for teaching it. Written by a celebrated teacher, scholar and director of Shakespeare, it shows teachers how to use the text to make the words and the moments come alive for their students. It refutes the idea that Shakespeare's language is difficult and provides a survey of the plays by someone who has lived intimately with them on the page and on the stage.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $53.99

    Price: $53.99
  • SHAKESPEARE : The Theatre of Our World
    SHAKESPEARE : The Theatre of Our World
    CONRAD PETER
    ISBN: 9781788540179
    Title: SHAKESPEARE : The Theatre of Our World
    Author: CONRAD PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: December 2018 New Release

    Peter Conrad explores the phenomenon of Shakespeare, and assesses Shakespeare's global legacy across every continent and across every genre of the creative arts.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • SHAKESPEARE AND ME : GREAT WRITERS ACTORS AND DIRECTORS ON WHAT THE BARD MEANS TO THEM AND US
    SHAKESPEARE AND ME : GREAT WRITERS ACTORS AND DIRECTORS ON WHAT THE BARD MEANS TO THEM AND US
    CARSON SUSANNAH
    ISBN: 9781780748474
    Title: SHAKESPEARE AND ME : GREAT WRITERS ACTORS AND DIRECTORS ON WHAT THE BARD MEANS TO THEM AND US
    Author: CARSON SUSANNAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Leading lights of the theatre and literary world - including Ralph Fiennes, James Franco, Margaret Drabble, Isabel Allende, Sir Ben Kingsley - reflect on why we can't get enough of the Bard


    Why Shakespeare? What explains our continued fascination with his poems and plays?

    In Shakespeare and Me, Susannah Carson invites forty actors, directors, scholars, and writers to reflect on why his work is still such a vital part of our culture. We hear from James Earl Jones on reclaiming Othello as a tragic hero, Sir Ben Kingsley on communicating Shakespeare's ideas through performance, Julie Taymor on turning Prospero into Prospera, Brian Cox on social conflict in his time and ours, Germaine Greer on the playwright's home life, Dame Harriet Walter on the complexity of his heroines, and Sir Antony Sher on feeling at home in Shakespeare's language. Together they provide a fresh appreciation of Shakespeare's works as a living legacy to be read, seen, performed, adapted, revised, wrestled with, and embraced.

    Imprint: ONE WORLD
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • SHAKESPEARES KINGS
    SHAKESPEARES KINGS
    NORWICH JOHN JULIUS
    ISBN: 9780571340255
    Title: SHAKESPEARES KINGS
    Author: NORWICH JOHN JULIUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A new edition of the fascinating exploration of the people and events that inspired Shakespeare's history plays, previously published in Faber Finds.

    In a sparkling, fast-paced narrative, Shakespeare's Kings chronicles the turbulent events that inspired Shakespeare's history plays, from Edward III to Richard III. In a time of uncertainty and incessant warfare - when the crown was constantly contested, alliances were made and broken, and the people rose up in revolt - this was the raw material that inspired Shakespeare's dramas. But what really happened between 1337 and 1485? Where did history stop and drama begin? John Julius Norwich establishes just how real Shakespeare's characters and events are and what liberties he took with the facts to entertain his audience.

    Shakespeare's Kings is an illuminating companion to history and to the richness of Shakespeare's imagination, with a body of work which still shapes our view of the past today.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SHAKESPEARES LOST PLAY : IN SEARCH OF CARDENIO
    SHAKESPEARES LOST PLAY : IN SEARCH OF CARDENIO
    DORAN GREGORY
    ISBN: 9781848422087
    Title: SHAKESPEARES LOST PLAY : IN SEARCH OF CARDENIO
    Author: DORAN GREGORY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A woman seduced and a friend betrayed; desire, deceit and disguise in the heat and dust of Andalucia. RSC Chief Associate Director Gregory Doran spent years investigating the mystery of Shakespeare's lost play. This is his story, a quest to discover and stage a missing masterpiece.

    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $28.99

    Price: $28.99
  • SHAKESPEARES SONNETS
    SHAKESPEARES SONNETS
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781408017975
    Title: SHAKESPEARES SONNETS
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Shakespeare's Sonnets are universally loved and much-quoted throughout the world, while debates still rage as to the identity of the Dark Lady and how autobiographical the sonnets really are. The only edition of the sonnets published in Shakespeare's lifetime was published in 1609 and this revised edition is published to mark their 400th anniversary. First published in 1997 to much critical acclaim, the Sonnets has been a consistent best-seller in the Arden Shakespeare series. Katherine Duncan-Jones tackles the controversies and mysteries surrounding these beautiful poems head on, and explores the issues of sexuality to be found in them, making this a truly modern edition for today's readers and students. This revised edition has been updated and corrected in the light of new scholarship and critical thinking since its first publication.

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SHAKESPEARES STORYTELLERS
    SHAKESPEARES STORYTELLERS
    HARDY BARBARA
    ISBN: 9780720610536
    Title: SHAKESPEARES STORYTELLERS
    Author: HARDY BARBARA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE



    Imprint: PETER OWEN
    RRP: $43.95

    Price: $43.95
  • TAMING OF THE SHREW - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    TAMING OF THE SHREW - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436936
    Title: TAMING OF THE SHREW - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Taming of the Shrew is unique among Shakespeare's plays and is a perennial and compelling success in the theatre. Its reception is marked, however, by ongoing debate over the meaning and worth of the play.

    This edition disengages Shakespeare's exuberant and disturbing marital farce from the tangled history of its reception. It views the two sixteenth-century Shrew plays as textually independent but theatrically interdependent and so includes the full text of The Taming of A Shrew in an appendix.

    While the Introduction and commentary focus on the critical and theatrical debate surrounding the play, the original and comprehensive editing of the playtext makes available a 'different' Shrew, more open to the reader's interpretation than is usually the case. Barbara Hodgdon is a distinguised feminist scholar whose reading of the play offers a stimulating array of ideas and and questions about this enduringly popular yet challenging comedy.

    The Arden Shakespeare has long set the gold standard in annotated, scholarly editions of the plays. Each Arden edition offers a modernised text with comprehensive commentary notes glossing meanings, discussing staging issues and explaining literary allusions, together with a lengthy, illustrated introduction by a leading scholar exploring the play's critical, theatrical and historical contexts.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TEMPEST - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    TEMPEST - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781408133477
    Title: TEMPEST - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Tempest is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays, both in the classroom and in the theatre, and this revision brings the Arden 3 edition right up-to-date. A completely new section of the introduction discusses new thinking about Shakespeare's sources for the play and examines his treatment of colonial themes, as well as covering key productions since this edition was first published in 1999. Most importantly it looks at Julie Taymor's ground-breaking 2010 film starring Helen Mirren as "Prospera." Alden and Virginia Vaughan's edition of The Tempest is much valued for its authority and originality and their revision brings it up-to-date, making it even more relevant and useful to students and theatre practitioners.

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • TIMON OF ATHENS - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    TIMON OF ATHENS - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436974
    Title: TIMON OF ATHENS - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Timon of Athens has struck many readers as rough and unpolished, perhaps even unfinished, though to others it has appeared as Shakespeare's most profound tragic allegory. Described by Coleridge as 'the stillborn twin of King Lear', the play has nevertheless proved brilliantly effective in performance over the past thirty or forty years.This edition accepts and contributes to the growing scholarly consensus that the play is not Shakespeare's solo work, but is the result of his collaboration with Thomas Middleton, who wrote about a third of it. The editors offer an account of the process of collaboration and discuss the different ways that each author contributes to the play's relentless look at the corruption and greed of society. They provide, as well, detailed annotation of the text and explore the wide range of critical and theatrical interpretations that the play has engendered. Tracing both its satirical and tragic strains, their introduction presents a perspective on the play's meanings that combines careful elucidation of historical context with analysis of its relevance to modern-day society. An extensive and well-illustrated account of the play's production history generates a rich sense of how the play can speak to different historical moments in specific and rewarding ways.

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TITUS ANDRONICUS - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    TITUS ANDRONICUS - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781350030916
    Title: TITUS ANDRONICUS - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Titus Andronicus is one of Shakespeare's earliest and bloodiest tragedies and was hugely successful in his lifetime. Subsequent generations have struggled with its bold confrontation of violence but in the 20th and 21st centuries the play has chimed with audiences again, perhaps because of its simultaneously shocking and playful approach to violent revenge and bodily mutilation. Jonathan Bate's original Arden edition was first published in 1995 and has had a significant influence on how the play has been performed and studied in the past 20 years.

    This revised edition includes a new 10,000 word introductory essay in which Bate reassess his views on the play's co-authorship with George Peele in the light of contemporary textual scholarship and updates his lively account of the play's performance history, on the international stage and screen. With detailed on-page commentary notes this will continue to be the edition of choice for students, scholars and theatre-makers.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TROILUS AND CRESSIDA - Arden Shakespeare
    TROILUS AND CRESSIDA - Arden Shakespeare
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781472584748
    Title: TROILUS AND CRESSIDA - Arden Shakespeare
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A revised edition of this intriguing and complex play, updated to cover recent critical thinking and stage history. Troilus and Cressida is a tragedy often labelled a problem play because of its apparent blend of genres and its difficult themes. Set in the Trojan Wars it tells a story of doomed love and honour, offering a debased view of human nature in war-time and a stage peopled by generally unsympathetic characters. The revised edition makes an ideal text for study at undergraduate level and above.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • TWELFTH NIGHT  -  ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    TWELFTH NIGHT - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436998
    Title: TWELFTH NIGHT - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Critically acclaimed as one of Shakespeare's most complex and intriguing plays, Twelfth Night is a classic romantic comedy of mistaken identities. In recent years it has returned to the centre of critical debate surrounding gender and sexuality. The Introduction explores the multiple factors that make up the play's rich textual, theatrical, critical and cultural history. Keir Elam surveys the play's production and reception, emphasizing the role of the spectator both within the comedy and the playhouse.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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