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  • Henry VI Part Threeby William Shakespeare; Gillian Day

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; US$ 14.38

    Henry VI Part III is the third of William Shakespeare's plays set during the lifetime of King Henry VI of England, and prepares the ground for one of his best-known and most controversial plays: the tragedy of King Richard III (Richard III of England). It follows on from Henry VI, part 1 and Henry VI, part 2. more...

  • Antony and Cleopatraby William Shakespeare; Emrys Jones; René Weis

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 12.78

    A battle-hardened soldier, Antony is one of the three leaders of the Roman world. But he is also a man in the grip of an all-consuming passion for the exotic and tempestuous queen of Egypt. And when their life of pleasure together is threatened by the encroaching politics of Rome, the conflict between love and duty has devastating consequences. more...

  • Julius Caesarby William Shakespeare; Norman Sanders; Martin Wiggins

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 12.78

    When it seems that Julius Caesar may assume supreme power, a plot to destroy him is hatched by those determined to preserve the threatened republic. But the different motives of the conspirators soon become apparent when high principles clash with malice and political realism. As the nation plunges into bloody civil war, this taut drama explores the... more...

  • Shakespearean Tragedyby A. Bradley; John Bayley

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 20.78

    A.C. Bradley put Shakespeare on the map for generations of readers and students for whom the plays might not otherwise have become "real" at all' writes John Bayley in his foreword to this edition of Shakespearean Tragedy: Lectures on Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth . Approaching the tragedies as drama, wondering about their characters... more...

  • Shakespeare's Languageby Frank Kermode

    Penguin Books Ltd 2001; US$ 15.98

    The true biography of Shakespeare - and the only one we really need to care about - is in the plays. Sir Frank Kermode, Britain's most distinguished literary critic, has been thinking about them all his life. This book is a distillation of that lifetime's thinking. The great English tragedies were all written in the first decade of the seventeenth... more...

  • The Merry Wives of Windsorby William Shakespeare; Catherine Richardson

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 12.78

    In need of money, the fat and foolish Falstaff devises a scheme to seduce two married women and steal their husbands' wealth. By talking to each other, however, the wives soon discover his plan and begin to plot their own revenge. Relentlessly inventive, this comic humiliation of a foolish would-be seducer is a lively, compelling and ultimately joyous... more...

  • Hamletby William Shakespeare; Paul Prescott; Alan Sinfield

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 12.78

    A young prince meets with his father's ghost, who alleges that his own brother, now married to his widow, murdered him. The prince devises a scheme to test the truth of the ghost's accusation, feigning wild madness while plotting a brutal revenge. But his apparent insanity soon begins to wreak havoc on innocent and guilty alike. more...

  • Romeo and Julietby William Shakespeare; T. J. B. Spencer; Adrian Poole

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 12.78

    A young man and woman meet by chance and fall instantly in love. But their families are bitter enemies, and in order to be together the two lovers must be prepared to risk everything. Set in a city torn apart by feuds and gang warfare, Romeo and Juliet is a dazzling combination of passion and hatred, bawdy comedy and high tragedy. more...

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

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 12.78

    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...

  • Periclesby William Shakespeare; Eugene Giddens

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 15.98

    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...