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  • 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...

  • The Winter's Taleby William Shakespeare; Paul Edmondson; Russ McDonald

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 12.78

    The jealous King of Sicily becomes convinced that his wife is carrying the child of his best friend. Imprisoned and put on trial, the Queen collapses when the King refuses to accept the divine confirmation of her innocence. The child is abandoned to die on the coast of Bohemia. But when she is found and raised by a shepherd, it seems redemption may... more...

  • Timon of Athensby William Shakespeare; Nicholas Walton

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 20.78

    After squandering his wealth with prodigal generosity, a rich Athenian gentleman finds himself deep in debt. Unshaken by the prospect of bankruptcy, he is certain that the friends he has helped so often will come to his aid. But when they learn his wealth is gone, he quickly finds that their promises fall away to nothing in this tragic exploration... more...