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Four Great Tragedies: Hamlet; Macbeth; King Lear; Othello
     

Four Great Tragedies: Hamlet; Macbeth; King Lear; Othello

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by William Shakespeare, Sylvan Barnet (Introduction)
 

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The greatest tragic plays of William Shakespeare—including Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth.

What is tragedy? The Elizabethans defined it as a "lofty" play showing "personages of great state" caught up in a "lamentable" action that "beginneth prosperously and endeth unfortunately." Whether judged by this or any other

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The greatest tragic plays of William Shakespeare—including Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth.

What is tragedy? The Elizabethans defined it as a "lofty" play showing "personages of great state" caught up in a "lamentable" action that "beginneth prosperously and endeth unfortunately." Whether judged by this or any other standard, the plays selected for this collection are considered to be the four central works of Shakespearean tragedy and must be included in any list of the world's finest tragic literature. And to make these plays more accessible for the modern reader, this edition includes the following special features:

· Reliable texts by noted Shakespeare scholars
· Texts printed in the clearest, most readable type
· Names of each speaker given in full
· Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page keyed to the numbered lines of the text
· Textual notes
· Updated bibliography

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451527295
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Series:
Signet Classic Shakespeare Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
120,091
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.02(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet 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.

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Four Great Tragedies: Hamlet; Macbeth; King Lear; Othello 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
has interpretation for old english, has reference, and has textual note.
MrPennState More than 1 year ago
This book is very helpful in every way possible 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago