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The Merchant of Venice (Mass Market Paperback)

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The Signet Classics edition of William Shakespeare's black comedy.
A complex play thatcombines pathos and humor, The Merchant of Venice also introducesone 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...

About the Author

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was a poet, playwright, and actor who is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers in the history of the English language. Often referred to as the Bard of Avon, Shakespeare's vast body of work includes comedic, tragic, and historical plays; poems; and 154 sonnets. His dramatic works have been translated into every major language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780451526809
Publisher: Signet Classics
Publication Date: April 1st, 1998
Pages: 272