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The Merchant of Venice : Signet Classic Shakespeare - William Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice

Signet Classic Shakespeare

Paperback Published: 1st April 1998
ISBN: 9780451526809
Number Of Pages: 219

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The Signet Classics edition of William Shakespeare's black comedy.

A complex play that combines pathos and humor, The Merchant of Venice also introduces one of Shakespeare's most memorable villains, the Jewish moneylender Shylock, who famously demans a "pound of flesh" for what he is owed.

This revised Signet Classics edition includes unique features such as:

• An overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater
• A special introduction to the play by the editor, Kenneth Myrick
• Notes on the sources of The Merchant of Venice
• Dramatic criticism from Nicholas Rowe, William Hazlitt, Elmer Edgar Stoll, and others
• A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions
• Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable text
• And more...

Shakespeare: An Overviewp. vii
Biographical Sketchp. vii
A Note on the Anti-Stratfordians, Especially Baconians and Oxfordiansp. xi
The Shakespeare Canonp. xv
Shakespeare's Englishp. xviii
Shakespeare's Theaterp. xxvi
A Note on the Use of Boy Actors in Female Rolesp. xxxiii
Shakespeare's Dramatic Language: Costumes, Gestures and Silences; Prose and Poetryp. xxxvi
The Play Text as a Collaborationp. xliii
Editing Textsp. xlix
Shakespeare on the Stagep. liv
Introductionp. lxiii
The Merchant of Venicep. 1
Textual Notep. 101
A Note on the Sources of The Merchant of Venicep. 105
From The Works of Mr. William Shakespearp. 109
From Characters of Shakespear's Playsp. 110
Henry Irving's Shylockp. 116
From Shylockp. 121
The Avoidance of Choice: A Woman's Privilegep. 137
The Fourth and Fifth Actsp. 142
The End of The Merchant of Venice: Four Versionsp. 156
The Merchant of Venice on Stage and Screenp. 160
Suggested Referencesp. 175
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ISBN: 9780451526809
ISBN-10: 0451526805
Series: Signet Classic Shakespeare
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 219
Published: 1st April 1998
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.15 x 10.8  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.14
Edition Number: 1