This is an extensive overview of Shakespeare's life, world and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet. A special introduction to the play is given by the editor, Mark Eccles. All texts, notes, and commentaries are printed in the clearest most readable type. This is the perfect book for the beginning Shakespeare reader or any Shakespeare enthusiast.
This timeless tragedy follows the bloody path of the "rudely stamped" Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who uses his murderous guile to achieve the throne of England.
This edition features an overview of Shakespeare's works by Sylvan Barnet, former Chairman of the English Department at Tufts University, as well as a comprehensive stage and screen history, dramatic criticism from the past and present, and sources from which Shakespeare derived this great work.
William Shakespeare (15641616) 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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