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William Shakespeare - Much Ado About Nothing
There are two love stories in this fast-moving comedy. Brave young CLaudio and Leonato's pretty daughter Hero are in Love and want to marry, but Don John has a wicked plan to stop their wedding. Will he succeed, or will the truth come out? Will Claudio and Hero marry, after all? Beatrice and Benedick are always arguing with each other, but how do they really feel? Perhaps they are more interested in each other than they seem to be! Their friends work hard to bring them closer together.
William Shakespeare - The Tempest
This joyous play, the last comedy of Shakespeare's career, sums up his stagecraft with a display of seemingly effortless skill. Prospero, exiled Duke of Milan, living on an enchanted island, has the opportunity to punish and forgive his enemies when he raises a tempest that drives them ashore—as well as to forestall a rebellion, to arrange the meeting of his daughter, Miranda, with an eminently suitable young prince, and, more important, to relinquish his magic powers in recognition of his advancing age. Richly filled with music and magic, romance and comedy, the play's theme of love and reconciliation offers a splendid feast for the senses and the heart.
William Shakespeare - The Taming of the Shrew
Comedy in five acts by William Shakespeare, produced about 1593 and printed in the Folio of 1623. Considered one of Shakespeare's bawdier works, the play describes the volatile courtship between the shrewish Katharina and the canny Petruchio, who is determined to subdue Katharina's legendary temper and win her dowry. The main story is offered as a play within a play; the frame story consists of an initial two-scene "induction": a lord offers the love story as an entertainment for tinker Christopher Sly, recovering from a drunken binge at an alehouse. Although Katharina repeatedly insults Petruchio, he woos, wins, and tames her by insisting that she is actually the soul of gentleness and patience. After their marriage, he makes her forgo food, sleep, and fancy clothing, and he outdoes her mean tongue by abusing the servants. In the final scene, Petruchio wins a bet that his wife is the most obedient after Katharina gives a speech extolling the virtues of wifely subservience.
William Shakespeare - Measure for Measure
In the Duke's absence from Vienna, his strict deputy Angelo revives an ancient law forbidding sex outside marriage. The young Claudio, whose fiancee is pregnant, is condemned to death by the law. His sister Isabella, soon to become a nun, pleads with Lord Angelo for her brother's life. But her purity so excites Angelo that he offers her a monstrous bargain - he will save Claudio if Isabella will visit him that night.
William Shakespeare - Love's Labour's Lost
A King and his lords form an austere academy, swearing to have no contact with women for three years. But when the Princess of neighbouring France arrives with her female attendants, their pledge is quickly placed under strain. Soon all are in smitten and confusion abounds, as each struggles to secretly declare his love in this comedy of deception, desire and mistaken identity.
William Shakespeare - The Two Gentlemen of Verona
An early play in five acts by William Shakespeare, performed 1594-95 and published in the First Folio of 1623. The story of the play was taken from a translation of a long Spanish prose romance entitled Diana by Jorge de Montemayor. Shakespeare added new characters--including Valentine, one of the "Two Gentlemen," whose "ideal" friendship with Proteus is so developed that the plot seems to glorify friendship over romantic love. The abrupt last scene suggests that something has gone wrong with the text, and certainly Shakespeare was never again to use such preposterous motivation for the behavior of his lovers. But it is also clear that Shakespeare was developing a new kind of high comedy that was later to find expression in The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night.
William Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet fall in love at first sight, but as she is a Capulet and he is a Montague, their romance must remain secret from their warring families. When Romeo is banished for the murder of Juliet's cousin, the young lovers seek to thwart fate's tragic purpose.
William Shakespeare - Hamlet (angol)
_"O, what a noble mind is here o'erthrown!"_ Probably the most famous play in the English language, _Hamlet_ transcends the revenge tradition and explores the nature of man. Learning that his father has been killed by Claudius, his uncle, Hamlet's only honorable course of action is revenge. But Hamlet'S nature tends not towards action but reflection and in his incapacity to act lies the seed of his own destruction. The text of this edition is edited by G. B. Harrison and contains notes, a glossary and an introduction.
William Shakespeare - As You Like It
This wisely funny comedy, which contains some of Shakespeare's loveliest poetry, contrasts a country's world of envy and rivalry with a forest's world of compassion and harmony. In the Forest of Arden, the banished young heroine, Rosalind, disguised as a gentleman farmer, encounters an extraordinary assemblage of characters, including a fool, a malcontent traveler, her own banished father, and the banished young man she loves. Romantic happiness triumphs, even as we laugh at the excesses of love, at the ways of court and countryside, indeed, at everything, in this masterpiece of comic writing,
William Shakespeare - A makrancos hölgy
Kata a megszelídíthetetlennek gondolt ifjú lány akit férjül adnak Petruchiohoz. Szócsatákon és kitartó türelemmel azonban sikerül kezelhető, de mégis szabad nővé alakulnia. - Jó reggelt! Úgy hallom neved Kata! - Katalinnak hívnak, kik emlegetnek. - Bizony hazudsz! Csak úgy hívnak Kata. Kedves Kata, máskor gonosz Kata. Te kataságos legkatább Kata, kit Isten is Katának alkota, hidd ezt nekem lelkem vigasztalója.
Oscar Wilde - Lady Windermere's Fan
Beautiful, aristocratic, an adored wife and young mother. Lady Windermere is ‘a fascinating Puritan’ whose severe moral code leads her to the brink of social suicide. The only one who can save her is the mysterious Mrs Erlynne whose scandalous relationship with Lord Windermere has prompted her ladyship’s fatal impulse. And Mrs Erlynne has a secret – a secret Lady Windermere must never know if she is to retain her peace of mind… “Lady Windermere’s Fan” was first performed in 1892, launching Oscar Wilde’s career as a playwright. A sparkling comedy of manners, it was an instant success and has continued to amuse and delight audiences all over the world.
William Shakepeare - Macbeth
The Tragedy of Macbeth (commonly called Macbeth) is a play by William Shakespeare about a regicide and its aftermath. It is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy and is believed to have been written sometime between 1603 and 1607. Shakespeare's sources for the tragedy are the accounts of King Macbeth of Scotland, Macduff, and Duncan in Holinshed's Chronicles (1587), a history of England, Scotland and Ireland familiar to Shakespeare and his contemporaries. However, the story of Macbeth as told by Shakespeare bears no relation to real events in Scottish history as Macbeth was an admired and able monarch
William Shakespeare - A vihar
Shakespeare páratlan életművének betetőzése, a Vihar, a világirodalom egyik kimagasló remeke. A színpadi művek között egyedülálló mesejáték költői szépségei miatt különösen alkalmas kétnyelvű kiadás céljára, a magyar szövegről, Babits Mihály remekbekészült fordításáról pedig bízvást elmondhatjuk, hogy méltó az eredetihez.
George Bernard Shaw - Arms and the Man
"In this perennially popular anti-romantic comedy, a fugitive enemy soldier bursts into the bedroom of a starry-eyed young woman; the then proceeds to disabuse her and those around her of the bogus romanticised ideals they have constructed around love, war, and social status." This edition includes Bernard Shaw's definitive text and provides the most comprehensive scholarly treatment of the play to date. It re-examines Shaw's sources, the drafts of the play, its themes and self-fictionalising techniques, and locates it in the theatrical milieu that Shaw sought to subvert and revolutionize.
William Shakespeare - Vízkereszt vagy amit akartok
Összevissza csereberélődik egy ikerpár, lóvátesznek egy felfuvalkodott törtetőt, tömérdek móka, dal, vidámság szövi át két, nagy nehezen egymásra találó szerelmespár történetét. "Oly' darab ez, aminőt a közönség szeret, kíván, óhajt - ami nektek kell", mondta Szász Károly erről a vígjátékról, amelynek már a címe is jókedvre derít.
William Shakespeare - Sok hűhó semmiért
Claudio első pillantásra szerelemre gyúl a bájos Hero iránt - aztán első szóra elhiszi róla a legképtelenebb rágalmakat. Szerelem és intrika, politikai cselszövény és pergő nyelvű szócsatározás teszi mozgalmassá Leonato tisztes házának életét - hogy aztán a tragédia küszöbén minden bonyodalom elsimuljon, és a két szerelmespár vígjátékba illő módon találjon egymásra.
William Shakespeare - Macbeth (angol)
Macbeth is a feat of dramatic genius compelling, as it does, the audience to sympathize with a cold-blooded murderer. Encouraged by his ambitious wife and the prophecy of the witches, Macbeth, a noble warrior, slays Duncan the king and seizes the throne for himself. But in so doing, he has upset the natural order and cannot hope to prosper.