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  • Richard IIIby William Shakespeare; Gillian Day; E. A. J. Honigmann; Michael Taylor

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 11.27

    The bitter, deformed brother of the King is secretly plotting to seize the throne of England. Charming and duplicitous, powerfully eloquent and viciously cruel, he is prepared to go to any lengths to achieve his goal - and, in his skilful manipulation of events and people, Richard is a chilling incarnation of the lure of evil and the temptation of... more...

  • Henry IV Part Twoby William Shakespeare; Adrian Poole

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 14.09

    Angered by the loss of his son in battle, the Earl of Northumberland supports another rebellion against King Henry IV, bringing the country to the brink of civil war. Sick and weary, the old King sends out his forces, including the unruly Sir John Falstaff, to meet the rebels. But as the conflict grows, he must also confront a more personal problem... more...

  • Periclesby William Shakespeare; Eugene Giddens

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 14.09

    Pericles, Prince of Tyre, must solve a riddle in order to marry the daughter of the King of Antioch, 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 romantic drama of families lost and reunited, evil... more...

  • Henry VI Part Oneby William Shakespeare; Jane Kingsley-Smith

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 12.68

    After the death of Henry V, the French revolt and threaten to reclaim their country from English rule. Guided by his Lord Protector, the young King Henry VI journeys to Paris to reaffirm his rule over France. But while Joan of Arc battles the British abroad, discontent is also breeding at home, between the two ancient Houses of York and Lancaster. more...

  • Coriolanusby William Shakespeare; G. R. Hibbard; Paul Prescott

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 12.68

    A peerless general is offered the consulship of Rome after his triumph over the city of Corioles. Too proud to respect the will of the people, however, he soon finds himself despised by the mob, and speaks out passionately against popular rule. Driven from the city as a traitor, he allies himself with his old enemies and begins to plot a merciless... more...

  • The Taming of the Shrewby William Shakespeare; G. R. Hibbard; M. J. Kidnie

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 12.68

    The beautiful but sharp-tongued Katherina has sworn never to accept the demands of any would-be husband. But when she is pursued by the wily Petruchio, it seems that she has finally met her match. And as he meets her own caustic words with a feigned, capricious cruelty, Katherina quickly comes to understand the absurdity of her shrewish behaviour,... more...

  • The Comedy of Errorsby William Shakespeare; Paul Edmondson; Stanley Wells; Randall Martin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 11.27

    Two sets of identical twins, separated at sea as children, find themselves in the same city for the first time as adults. Soon, their friends mistake the twins for one another and bewilderment abounds, as the wife of one man declares the other to be her husband, pronouncing him mad when he denies the claim. Exuberant, complex and brilliantly farcical,... more...

  • King Learby William Shakespeare; George Hunter; Kiernan Ryan

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 11.27

    An ageing king makes a capricious decision to divide his realm among his three daughters according to the love they express for him. When the youngest daughter refuses to take part in this charade, she is banished, leaving the king dependent on her manipulative and untrustworthy sisters. In the scheming and recriminations that follow, not only does... more...

  • Henry IV Part Oneby William Shakespeare; Peter Davidson; Charles Edelman

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 11.27

    Prince Hal, the son of King Henry IV, spends his time in idle pleasure with dissolute friends, among them the roguish Sir John Falstaff. But when the kingdom is threatened by rebellious forces, the prince must abandon his reckless ways. Taking arms against a heroic enemy, he begins a great and compelling transformation - from irresponsible reprobate... more...

  • The Two Noble Kinsmenby William Shakespeare; Peter Swaab

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 12.68

    Considered by Thomas de Quincey to be 'perhaps the most superb work in the language', The Two Noble Kinsmen is set in Athens and was co-written by Shakespeare with John Fletcher. This Penguin Shakespeare edition is edited by N. W. Bawcutt with an introduction by Peter Swaab. 'Once, he kissed me. I loved my lips the better ten days after' When... more...