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ISBN-10: 1586638467

ISBN-13: 9781586638467

Edition: 2003

Authors: William Shakespeare, John Crowther, SparkNotes Staff

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No Fear Shakespeare gives you the complete text ofMacbethon the left-hand page, side-by-side with an easy-to-understand translation on the right. nbsp; Each No Fear Shakespeare contains ·nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Thecomplete textof the original play ·nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Aline-by-line translationthat puts Shakespeare into everydaynbsp;nbsp; language ·nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; A complete list ofcharacterswith descriptions ·nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Plenty ofhelpful commentary
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List price: $5.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
Publication date: 4/15/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
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, 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.

A Note on the Text
The Text of Macbeth
The Slaughter of the Holy Innocents and the Death of Herod
Duff and Duncan
An Attack on Free Will
A Defense of Free Will
The Discovery of Witchcraft
News from Scotland
An Homily against Disobedience and Willful Rebellion
A Defense of Disobedience and Tyrannicide
A Treatise on Equivocation
Eyewitness Account of Macbeth, 1611
Miscellaneous Observations on the Tragedy of Macbeth
The Genius of Shakespeare
On David Garrick's and Hannah Pritchard's Eighteenth-Century Performances
On Macbeth
Characters in Macbeth
On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth
On Playing Lady Macbeth
The Tragedy of Macbeth
Image and Symbol in Macbeth
Two Scenes from Macbeth
Culture, Character, and Conscience in Shakespeare
Escaping the Matrix: The Construction of Masculinity in Macbeth
'What do you mean?': The Languages of Macbeth
Macbeth and the Antic Round
"Stands Scotland Where It Did?": The Location of Macbeth on Film
Selected Bibliography