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  • 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...

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

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 12.78

    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 Sonnets and a Lover's Complaintby William Shakespeare; John Kerrigan

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 17.58

    When this volume of Shakespeare's poems first appeared in 1609, he had already written most of the great plays that made him famous. The 154 sonnets - all but two of which are addressed to a beautiful young man or a treacherous 'dark lady' - contain some of the most exquisite and haunting poetry ever written, and deal with eternal subjects such as... more...

  • All's Well That Ends Wellby William Shakespeare; Janette Dillon

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 12.78

    A poor physician's daughter cures the King of France, and in return is promised the hand of any nobleman she wishes. But the man she chooses, the proud young Count of Rosillion, refuses to consummate the forced marriage and flees to Florence. Depicting the triumph of trickery over youthful arrogance, All's Well that Ends Well is among Shakespeare's... more...

  • The Two Noble Kinsmenby William Shakespeare; Peter Swaab

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 14.38

    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...

  • 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...

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

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 19.18

    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...

  • Henry VIIIby William Shakespeare; A. R. Humphreys; Catherine M. S. Alexander

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 14.38

    Conspiracies and intrigue are rife in the court of Henry VIII as a Duke is executed for treason, having been tricked by the Cardinal. And when the King falls in love with Anne Bullen and decides to divorce his wife, he causes an irrevocable rift with the Catholic Church. After the King's secret marriage to Anne courtiers fall in and out of favour and... 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...