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ISBN-10 0321886534ISBN-13 9780321886538
ISBN-10 0321886518ISBN-13 9780321886514
Author(s): David Bevington
Publisher: Longman
Copyright year: © 2014 Pages: 2016

A balanced editorial approach, a highly respected editor, and proven apparatus combine to make Bevington the most student-friendly introduction to Shakespeare on the market.

The seventh edition of this comprehensive anthology addresses the two key issues confronted by students approaching Shakespeare today:

(1) a lack of knowledge about the historical period and;

(2)  difficulty with the language of Shakespeare's plays.

David Bevington's richly illustrated general introduction offers insight into Shakespeare's England and background on the literary, social, and cultural contexts in which Shakespeare wrote and produced plays. Each play is introduced by a descriptive essay designed to help students appreciate the historical contexts and interpretive issues raised by the play, without dictating students' interpretations. Completely revised and updated notes and glosses support student readers line by line, paraphrasing Elizabethan expressions in clear and accessible contemporary language.