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Merchant of Venice

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ISBN-10: 0553212990

ISBN-13: 9780553212990

Edition: N/A

Authors: William Shakespeare, David Bevington, David Scott Kastan, James Hammersmith, Robert Kean Turner

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This is one of Shakespeare’s darkest comedies, for the romantic story of a young man, Bassanio, who has squandered his fortune and must borrow money to woo the wealthy lady he loves is set against the more disturbing story of the Jewish moneylender Shylock and his demand for the “pound of flesh” owed him by the Venetian merchant, Antonio. Here pathos and farce combine with moral complexity and romantic entanglement to display the extraordinary power and range of Shakespeare at his best. Each Edition Includes: • Comprehensive explanatory notes • Vivid introductions and the most up-to-date scholarship • Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary readers to understand…    
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Book details

List price: $6.95
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/1/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 4.00" wide x 6.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

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,…    

HYAM PLUTZIK (1911-1962) was the Deane Professor of Rhetoric and Poetry at the University of Rochester. The author of six volumes of poetry, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1961. DAVID SCOTT KASTAN is the George M. Bodman Professor of English at Yale University and one of the most widely read of American literary scholars.

The Editor and Contributors
Editors' Preface
Preface
How to Use this Book
A Note on the Texts Used
Introduction
Historical Difference and Venetian Patriarchy
Shakespeare on Marx
Reprise: Gender, Sexuality and Theories of Exchange in The Merchant of Venice
Heterology
Endpiece
Notes
References
Further Reading
Index