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The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare


PUBLISHED: 30th June 2008
ISBN: 9780199535859
ANNOTATION:
This edition of The Merchant of Venice, based on a fresh examination of the early editions, includes an exceptionally lucid and accessible introduction which addresses Shakespeare's attitude toward Semitism and establishes the cultural, historical, and literary context in which Shakespeare wrote the play. An interesting range of production photographs and drawings of Renaissance merchants and Jews, and a survey of the play's stage history ranging from discussions of its early staging to important twentieth-century productions and performances outside England, particularly Israel, makes this an ideal edition for students, actors, and the general reader.
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PUBLISHED: 30th June 2008
ISBN: 9780199535859
ANNOTATION:
This edition of The Merchant of Venice, based on a fresh examination of the early editions, includes an exceptionally lucid and accessible introduction which addresses Shakespeare's attitude toward Semitism and establishes the cultural, historical, and literary context in which Shakespeare wrote the play. An interesting range of production photographs and drawings of Renaissance merchants and Jews, and a survey of the play's stage history ranging from discussions of its early staging to important twentieth-century productions and performances outside England, particularly Israel, makes this an ideal edition for students, actors, and the general reader.

Annotation

This edition of The Merchant of Venice, based on a fresh examination of the early editions, includes an exceptionally lucid and accessible introduction which addresses Shakespeare's attitude toward Semitism and establishes the cultural, historical, and literary context in which Shakespeare wrote the play. An interesting range of production photographs and drawings of Renaissance merchants and Jews, and a survey of the play's stage history ranging from discussions of its early staging to important twentieth-century productions and performances outside England, particularly Israel, makes this an ideal edition for students, actors, and the general reader.

Publisher Description

This edition presents a fresh examination of the text and all important aspects of its significance and meaning. Fully annotated, it also includes a useful selective collation of important variant readings, and a General Introduction that treats such topics as 'Shakespeare and Semitism', the date and background of the play, its stage history, and a new interpretation of the play and its themes.

Author Biography

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, EnglandWilliam Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in 1564. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in t, in 1564. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. We're pretty sure he would think this vhe English language. We're pretty sure he would think this version of his play is awesome. ersion of his play is awesome.

Review

`The annotation, generally proficient, is admirably frank in rendering sexual doubles entendres and is frequently illuminating in its references to modes of staging ... As in the other volumes of this Oxford Shakespeare series, there is a good range of pictorial material and a very useful index ... this edition of The Merchant of Venice is creditable, lucid, and practical.' Cedric Watts, University of Sussex, Review of English Studies, Vol. 47, No. 186, May '96

Long Description

What was Shakespeare's attitude to Semitism? The Introduction to this edition of The Merchant of Venice opens by addressing this vital issue raised by the play, and goes on to study the sources, background, and date, includuing a discussion of Sigmund Freud's essay on 'The Three Caskets'. Professor Halio interprets the play's contradictions, inconsistencies, and complementarities, especially as these relate to the overarching theme of bonds and bondage. A survey of the play's stage history ranges from discussions of its early staging to important twentieth-century productions and performances outside England, particularly in Israel. The text, based on a fresh examination of the early editions, is presented in modernized spelling and punctuation. Unfailingly lucid and helpful, this is an ideal edition for students, actors, and the general reader. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Review Text

`The annotation, generally proficient, is admirably frank in rendering sexual doubles entendres and is frequently illuminating in its references to modes of staging ... As in the other volumes of this Oxford Shakespeare series, there is a good range of pictorial material and a very useful index ... this edition of The Merchant of Venice is creditable, lucid, and practical.' Cedric Watts, University of Sussex, Review of English Studies, Vol. 47, No. 186, May '96

Product Details

Author
William Shakespeare
Short Title
MERCHANT OF VENICE
Pages
241
Publisher
Oxford University Press, USA
Series
Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)
Language
English
ISBN-10
019953585X
ISBN-13
9780199535859
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2008
Publication Date
2008-06-30
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Audience Age
15-18
Residence
Stratford-Upon-The Avon St, ENK
Audience
General/Trade