(The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare, 9789380914831)
Shakespeare’s sonnets are the best samples of “high poetry”. Literature historians have been arguing about them for several centuries, trying to solve the secret of mysterious “dark lady” and poet’s young friend to whom he devoted the works. A lot of science and fictional books are written and some films are shot about the possible story how he had created his sonnets. But ordinary readers just enjoy the beauty of Shakespeare’s language and passion of his inspiration that turned this collection of sonnets into the most genius poetry cycle in the history of world literature.
Known as “The Bard of Avon,” William Shakespeare is arguably the greatest English-language writer known. Enormously popular during his life, Shakespeare’s works continue to resonate more than three centuries after his death, as has his influence on theatre and literature. Shakespeare’s innovative use of character, language, and experimentation with romance as tragedy served as a foundation for later playwrights and dramatists, and some of his most famous lines of dialogue have become part of everyday speech.
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Macbeth is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy, and tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia, and he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler as he is forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of arrogance, madness, and death.
Shakespeare's source for the tragedy is the account of Macbeth, King of Scotland, Macduff, and Duncan in Holinshed's Chronicles (1587), a history of England, Scotland, and Ireland familiar to Shakespeare and his contemporaries, although the events in the play differ extensively from the history of the real Macbeth. In recent scholarship, the events of the tragedy are usually associated more closely with the execution of Henry Garnett for complicity in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
In the backstage world of theatre, some believe that the play is cursed, and will not mention its title aloud, referring to it instead as "the Scottish play". Over the course of many centuries, the play has attracted some of the most renowned actors to the roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. It has been adapted to film, television, opera, novels, comic books, and other media.
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This volume of the Best of the Best series includes famous works
ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
THE TRAGEDY OF ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
AS YOU LIKE IT
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
THE TRAGEDY OF CORIOLANUS
THE TRAGEDY OF HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK
KING HENRY THE FOURTH. THE FIRST PART
KING HENRY THE FOURTH. THE SECOND PART
THE LIFE OF KING HENRY THE FIFTH
THE FIRST PART OF HENRY THE SIXTH
THE SECOND PART OF KING HENRY THE SIXTH
THE THIRD PART OF KING HENRY THE SIXTH
KING HENRY THE EIGHTH
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF KING JOHN
THE TRAGEDY OF JULIUS CAESAR
THE TRAGEDY OF KING LEAR
LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST
THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH
MEASURE FOR MEASURE
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
THE TRAGEDY OF OTHELLO, MOOR OF VENICE
PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE
KING RICHARD THE SECOND
KING RICHARD THE THIRD
THE TRAGEDY OF ROMEO AND JULIET
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
THE LIFE OF TIMON OF ATHENS
THE TRAGEDY OF TITUS ANDRONICUS
THE HISTORY OF TROILUS AND CRESSIDA
TWELFTH NIGHT; OR, WHAT YOU WILL
THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN
THE WINTER’S TALE
A LOVER’S COMPLAINT
THE PASSIONATE PILGRIM
THE PHOENIX AND THE TURTLE
THE RAPE OF LUCRECE
VENUS AND ADONIS
This play contains one of the most popular and quoted Shakespeare’s monologues “All the world’s a stage”.
As part of the newly launched Broadview Press / Internet Shakespeare Editions series, this edition features a variety of interleaved materials—from facsimile pages, diagrams, and musical scores to illustrations and extended discussions of myth and folklore—that provide a context for the social and cultural allusions in the play. Appendices offer excerpts from Shakespeare’s key sources and influences, including Thomas Lodge’s Rosalind and Ben Jonson’s Every Man in His Humor.
A collaboration between Broadview Press and the Internet Shakespeare Editions project at the University of Victoria, the editions developed for this series have been comprehensively annotated and draw on the authoritative texts newly edited for the ISE. This innovative series allows readers to access extensive and reliable online resources linked to the print edition.