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Merchant of Venice

ISBN-10: 0321164199

ISBN-13: 9780321164193

Edition: 2005

Authors: Lawrence Danson, William Shakespeare

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From Longman's Cultural Editions Series, Lawrence Danson presents William Shakespeare'sThe Merchant of Venice in several illuminating contexts-cultural, historical, and critical. Featuring illustrations, a table of dates and performance reviews; the text provides historical sources as well as numerous documents that reveal the cultural context in whichThe Merchant of Venice was written.
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Book details

List price: $23.20
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/10/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.660

William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare towers over all other English writers and has few rivals in any language. His genius and creativity continue to astound scholars, and his plays continue to delight audiences. Many have served as the basis for operas, ballets, musical compositions, and films. While Jonson and other writers labored over their plays, Shakespeare seems to have had the ability to turn out work of exceptionally high caliber at an amazing speed. At the height of his career, he wrote an average of two plays a year as well as dozens of poems, songs, and possibly even verses for tombstones and heraldic shields, all while he continued to act in the plays performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This staggering output is even more impressive when one considers its variety. Except for the English history plays, he never wrote the same kind of play twice. He seems to have had a good deal of fun in trying his hand at every kind of play. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, all published on 1609, most of which were dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothsley, The Earl of Southhampton. He also wrote 13 comedies, 13 histories, 6 tragedies, and 4 tragecomedies. He died at Stratford-upon-Avon April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. His cause of death was unknown, but it is surmised that he knew he was dying.

List of Illustrations
About Longman Cultural Editions
About this Editon
Introduction
Note on Sources
Table of Dates
The Merchant of Venice
Contexts
On The Rialto and in The Ghetto: Venice and The Jews of Venice
Venice headnote
From Crudities (1611)
From "To the Reader," prefaced to his translation of Gasparo Contarini, The Commonwealth and Government of Venice (1599)
From An Itinerary, "The Justice, Laws, and Judgments in the State of Venice" (1617) Jews in England and Venice
From Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Wales (1587)
On the Jews and their Lies (1543)
Annals, or The History of the Most Renowned and Victorious Princess Elizabeth, Late Queen of England (1625, 1630)
From Crudities (1611) and Constantinopolitan Observations (1625)
From An Itinerary (1617)
The Three Ladies of London (1584)
From The Jew of Malta (1590)
From The Play of the Salutation and Conception (15th Century)
From Measure for Measure Act 2 scene 2
Usury headnote
From On Benefits (mid-First Century AD)
From The Anatomy of Abuses, "Great Usury in Ailgna"
"Of Usury" (1601)
From Three Ladies of London (1584)
From A Discourse upon Usury (1572)
Shylock: Performance And Reception
From Characters of Shakespeare's Plays (1817)
From "Notes on Shakespeare's Plays
From Shakespeare on the Stage (1911)
Reviews of Shylock performed in Yiddish
Review of Maurice Schwartz as Shylock (1930 )
"Shylocks Past and Present" (1920).Friendship and Marriage."Say How I Loved You" (4.1.273
"Of Friendship" (1603)
"Of Friendship" (1601)
Sonnets 20 and 29.Women and marriage headnote.From Certain Sermons or Homilies (1563), "Of Matrimony"
From Positions. . . Necessary for the Training up of Children (1581)
"Mark the Music"
On Music (c. 503)
Commentary on Cicero's The Dream of Scipio (c. 430)
From The Courtier (1528)
The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621)
From The Anatomy of Abuses (1583)
Suggestion for Further Reading