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  • Shakespeare's Philosophyby Colin McGinn

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    Shakespeare's plays are usually studied by literary scholars and historians and the books about him from those perspectives are legion. It is most unusual for a trained philosopher to give us his insight, as Colin McGinn does here, into six of Shakespeare's greatest plays??A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, King Lear, and The Tempest.... more...

  • Filthy Shakespeareby Pauline Kiernan

    Quercus Publishing 2014; US$ 20.90

    The works of William Shakespeare contain at least 400 puns on male and female genitals. Despite the richness and breathtaking scope of his sexual language, too little attention has been paid to the sheer salacious inventiveness of his indecent puns - until now. His plays and poems pulsate with puns on body parts and what they do. Filthy Shakespeare... more...

  • Much Ado About Nothingby William Shakespeare; Jonathan Bate; Eric Rasmussen

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 8.00

    Set in a courtly world of masked revels and dances, this play turns on the archetypal story of a lady falsely accused of unfaithfulness, spurned by her bridegroom, and finally vindicated and reunited with him. Villainy, schemes, and deceits threaten to darken the brilliant humor and sparkling wordplay?but the hilarious counterplot of a warring couple,... more...

  • The Merry Wives of Windsorby William Shakespeare; Catherine Richardson

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; Not Available

    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...

  • Timon of Athensby William Shakespeare; Nicholas Walton

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; Not Available

    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...

  • Four Historiesby Peter Davison; Stanley Wells; William Shakespeare

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; Not Available

    The volume contains Richard II, Henry IV Part One, henry IV Part Two, and Henry V. Each play possesses its own distinctive mood, tone and style, and together they inhabit the turbulent period of change from the usurpation of the throne of Richard II by Bolingbroke to the triumph of heroic kingship in Henry V. more...

  • Henry Vby William Shakespeare; Michael Taylor; Ann Kaegi

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; Not Available

    Henry V is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1599. It is based on the life of King Henry V of England, and focuses on events immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt (1415) during the Hundred Years' War. The play is the final part of a tetralogy, preceded by Richard II , Henry IV, part 1 and Henry... more...

  • Julius Caesarby William Shakespeare; Martin Wiggins

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; Not Available

    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...

  • Hamletby William Shakespeare; Paul Prescott; Alan Sinfield

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; Not Available

    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...

  • Shakespeare, Dissent and the Cold Warby Alfred Thomas

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 90.00

    Shakespeare, Dissent and the Cold War is the first book to read Shakespeare's drama through the lens of Cold War politics. The book uses the Cold War experience of dissenting artists in theatre and film to highlight the coded religio-political subtexts in Hamlet , King Lear , Macbeth and The Winter's Tale . more...