William Shakespeare - The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
This is an attractive genuine bonded leather edition, with gilt-edged pages and gold ribbon marker that will make an elegant addition to any home library. This is a beautiful collection of Shakespeare's works that will be treasured forever; a wonderful gift idea. William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. His plays remain highly popular today and are constantly studied, performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world. This edition of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare" is part of "Barnes & Noble's" series of quality leather bound volumes. Each title in the series presents a classic work in an attractively designed edition bound in genuine bonded leather. These books make elegant additions to any home library.
William Shakespeare - The Complete Illustrated Works of William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare is indisputably the greatest dramatist and poet that England, and probably the world, has ever produced. Here, in this handsome one-volume edition, are the complete works of this unique genius: his comedies, histories and tragedies and his eloquent sonnets and poems, all unabridged. More than 450 exquisite black and white drawings illuminate the thirty-seven plays.
William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
A young woman flees Athens with her lover, only to be pursued by her would-be husband and by her best friend. Unwittingly, all four find themselves in an enchanted forest where fairies and sprites soon take an interest in human affairs, dispensing magical love potions and casting mischievous spells. In this dazzling comedy, confusion ends in harmony, as love is transformed, misplaced, and - ultimately - restored.
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 - The Complete Works
The Complete Arden Shakespeare , published for the first time in hardback in 1998, is now available in an updated paperback edition. The Complete Arden Shakespeare contains the texts of all Shakespeare's plays, edited by leading Shakespeare scholars for the renowned Arden Shakespeare series. The paperback edition includes eight newly revised playtexts as published in the Arden Third Series since 1998. A general introduction by the three General Editors of the ongoing Arden Shakespeare series gives the reader an overall view of how and why Shakespeare has become such an influential cultural icon, and how perceptions of his work have changed in the intervening four centuries. The introduction summarises the known facts about the dramatist's life, his reading and use of sources, and the nature of theatrical performance during his lifetime. Brief introductions to each play, written specially for this volume by the Arden General Editors, discuss the date and contemporary context of the play, its position within Shakespeare's oeuvre, and its subsequent performance history. An extensive glossary explains vocabulary which may be unfamiliar to modern readers. ¨ The sound, reliable, critical edition of Shakespeare's work available for the first time in paperback. ¨ Updated and revised to include akk if the ediitions currently available in the Arden Third Series. ¨ Includes The Two Noble Kinsmen, the Poems, and the Sonnets ¨ General introduction by the arden General Editors ¨ Brief contextual introductions to each play ¨ Glossary with about 400 entries
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 - 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 - The Merchant of Venice
A noble but impoverished Venetian asks a friend, Antonio, for a loan to impress an heiress. His friend agrees, but is forced to borrow the sum from a cynical Jewish moneylender, Shylock, and signs a chilling contract to honour the debt with a pound of his own flesh. A complex and controversial comedy, The Merchant of Venice explores prejudice and the true nature of justice.
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 Comedy of Errors
Two sets of identical twins, separated at sea as children, find themselves in the same city for the first time as adults. Soon, their friends mistake the twins for one another and bewilderment abounds, as the wife of one man declares the other to be her husband, pronouncing him mad when he denies the claim. Exuberant, complex and brilliantly farcical, this is a hilarious comedy of confusion and ultimate reunion.
William Shakespeare - Hamlet, Prince of Denmark / Hamlet, dán királyfi
A Hamlet (1601), talán legismertebb, legtöbbet játszott műve Shakespeare-nek. Középpontjában az élet kínálta, s mindenkiben fölmerülő kérdés áll: "Lenni vagy - nem lenni?", és ha lenni - hogyan? Mi az emberi cselekvés végső határa a vélt vagy valós hiba, netán bűn helyrehozatalához? Egyáltalán van-e igazi létezés, s ha van, az mennyire lehet veszélyes a létezőre? Vívódó, töprengő alkotás a dráma, miként a főszereplő maga. Hamlet késleltetett bosszúját hosszas önmarcangoló kérdéselvetések, bizonyságkéresésék előzik meg. Végül igazságot szolgáltat, de ő is belepusztul. Tűrni vagy ellenszegülni? A reneszánsz ember dilemmája örökérvényű! Mert a cselekvés erkölcsileg legvitathatóbb pontja az emberi élet kioltása. Van-e joga valakinek - ha oka van is - ölni? Következmények nélkül semmi sem vállalható, különösen nem a pusztítás. De van-e joga az embernek vélt vagy valós igaza tudatában nem cselekedni, nem vállalni a tett kockázatát? Mennyire tartozunk felelősséggel a külvilág és saját lelkiismeretünk előtt? Hamlet tettével válaszol a kérdésekre, ám az egész dráma nem ad egyértelmű feleletet. Nem is adhat. Remekművek; géniuszok és a természet sajátossága a talányosság... Nem beszélve arról, hogy a mindennapok kisebb-nagyobb döntéseit mindenkinek magának kell meghoznia.
William Shakespeare - The Merry Wives of Windsor
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 celebration of the all-conquering power of laughter. This book includes a general introduction to Shakespeare's life and the Elizabethan theatre, a separate introduction to The Merry Wives of Windsor, a chronology, suggestions for further reading, an essay discussing performance options on both stage and screen, and a commentary.
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 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 - Twelfth Night
When twins Sebastian and Viola are shipwrecked and separated off the coast of Illyria, each believes the other is dead. Viola disguises herself as a boy, becomes a page of Duke Orsinio, and falls in love with him. The Duke is hopelessly in love with Olivia, but she is in the process of mourning her brother's death and becomes infatuated with Viola as she/he delivers messages for the Duke. When Sebastian shows up, Olivia confuses him with the Duke's page (Olivia) and marries the astonished young man. All is cleared up eventually when Viola and Sebatian meet and recognize each other. In the midst of all of this romantic confusion, servants and family members provide comic relief with their pompous, pretentious, and sometimes inebriated behavior.
William Shakespeare - The Winter's Tale
Running an emotional gamut from betrayal and broken hearts to romance and reconciliation, this 1611 tragicomedy begins with the tyrannical actions of a jealous king, whose baseless suspicions destroy his own family. The play's second half takes place 16 years later, when the lively plot takes a lighthearted turn, abounding in song and dance