The Tragedy of Macbeth: With New and Updated Critical Essays and a Revised Bibliography

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Penguin Group, 1998 - Drama - 214 pages
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The newly revised signet classic Shakespeare series. The world of the world's greatest dramatist edited by outstanding scholars.

Unique features of the signet classic Shakespeare:

  • Extensive overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet
  • Special introduction to the play by the editor, Sylvan Barnet, Tufts University
  • Source from which Shakespeare derived Macbeth-selections from Raphael Holinshed's The Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland
  • Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by A.C. Bradley, Elmer Edgar Stoll, Mary McCarthy, Joan Larsen Klein, Alan Sinfield
  • Comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions of Macbeth, then and now.
  • Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type
  • Up-to-date list of recommended readings

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I read this one for school and one of the reasons why I enjoyed it so much was not just for the intriguing plot and complex characters, but it was also the fact that my lessons explained what was ... Read full review

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4.5 STARS "One of the great Shakespearean tragedies, Macbeth is a dark and bloody drama of ambition, murder, guilt, and revenge. Prompted by the prophecies of three mysterious witches and goaded by ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

William Shakespeare was born at Stratford upon Avon in April, 1564. He was the third child, and eldest son, of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. His father was one of the most prosperous men of Stratford, who held in turn the chief offices in the town. His mother was of gentle birth, the daughter of Robert Arden of Wilmcote. In December, 1582, Shakespeare married Ann Hathaway, daughter of a farmer of Shottery, near Stratford; their first child Susanna was baptized on May 6, 1583, and twins, Hamnet and Judith, on February 22, 1585. Little is known of Shakespeare's early life; but it is unlikely that a writer who dramatized such an incomparable range and variety of human kinds and experiences should have spent his early manhood entirely in placid pursuits in a country town. There is one tradition, not universally accepted, that he fled from Stratford because he was in trouble for deer stealing, and had fallen foul of Sir Thomas Lucy, the local magnate; another that he was for some time a schoolmaster.

From 1592 onwards the records are much fuller. In March, 1592, the Lord Strange's players produced a new play at the Rose Theatre called Harry the Sixth, which was very successful, and was probably the First Part of Henry VI. In the autumn of 1592 Robert Greene, the best known of the professional writers, as he was dying wrote a

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