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Othello: The Moor of Venice

by William Shakespeare

Believed to have been written in 1603, Shakespeare's Othello is a tragedy that puts the playwright's prodigious creative gifts on full display. Based loosely on a Renaissance-era Italian tale, Othello follows...


The Tempest

by William Shakespeare

The Tempest is thought by many to be Shakespeare's greatest and most perfect play. When the magician Prospero deliberately summons a storm to overcome his enemy King Alonso of Naples ship the passengers are...


Twelfth Night: Or, What You Will

by William Shakespeare

Another case of mistaken identity from the king of the plot twist, Twelfth Night tells the tale of the beautiful young Viola who is separated from her twin brother, Sebastian, when their ship is lost at sea....


Othello

by William Shakespeare & Stephen Orgel

In this tragedy by William Shakespeare, the heroic Moor of Venice is driven to suspicion and finally murderous rage against his true love Desdemona by the cunning and hateful Iago.

This edition features an overview...


Cymbeline

by William Shakespeare

"I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series. Here is an elegant...


King Lear

by William Shakespeare

[Lear] is the most awesome of all the poet's originals. No one else in Shakespeare is so legitimate a representation of supreme authority.


Measure for Measure

by William Shakespeare, Jonathan Bate & Eric Rasmussen

Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of this powerful play that explores sexual hypocrisy and questions morality at all levels of society. This volume also...


The Taming of the Shrew

by William Shakespeare

The Taming of the Shrew is perhaps one of Shakespeare's most controversial plays by modern standards. Hinging on the courtship between the arrogant Petruchio and the "shrew" of the title Katherina, it is unclear...


Much Ado about Nothing

by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's comedy play Much Ado About Nothing pivots around the impediments to love for young betrothed Hero and Claudio when Hero is falsely accused of infidelity and the "lover's trap" set for the arrogant...


The Merchant of Venice

by William Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice is classed as one of Shakespeare's comedies, but is more often remembered for its dramatic characters and situations. Though the villain of the piece, the Jewish moneylender Shylock is...


King Lear

by William Shakespeare

King Lear is considered one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. King Lear decides to step down and divide his kingdom between his three daughters. When his youngest and favorite daughter refuses to compete and...


Love's Labour's Lost

by William Shakespeare

One of Shakespeare's early comedies, Love's Labour's Lost follows the travails of the King of Navarre and three of his companions as they make a vow to eschew the attentions of women and devote themselves entirely...


Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare

Although Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar is named after the legendary Roman political leader, the central character is thought by many to be Marcus Brutus, Caesar's friend turned foe who struggles throughout...


The Comedy of Errors

by William Shakespeare

The Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare's most popular short comedy plays. The plot is driven by two cases of mistaken identity and witty pun-drenched dialogue. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant of Dromio...


All's Well That Ends Well

by William Shakespeare

Although originally classified as one of Shakespeare's comedies, All's Well That Ends Well is now more commonly classified as one of his ambiguous problem plays, so called because they defy neat classification...


Macbeth

by William Shakespeare

Macbeth is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy and one of his best-known plays. Often referred to as an archetypal tale, it warns against lust for power and the betrayal of friends. Shakespeare based the play loosely...


As You Like It

by William Shakespeare & A. Braunmuller

Includes an overview of Shakespeare's life; commentary by Arthur Colby Sprague, Helen Gardener, and others; a stage and screen history, and more

The popular comedy in which Rosalind enters the Forest of Arden...


Coriolanus

by William Shakespeare & A. Braunmuller

"I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series. Here is an elegant...


Antony and Cleopatra

by William Shakespeare & A. Braunmuller

Includes an overview of Shakespeare's life; commentary by Samuel Johnson, A.C. Bradley, and others; a stage and screen history; and more

A magnificent drama of love and war, this riveting tragedy presents one...


Richard II

by William Shakespeare & A. Braunmuller

Considered one of Shakespeare's greatest history plays, The Tragedy of King Richard II concerns the ill-fated reign of a king whose eventual overthrow marks the beginning of Shakespeare's history cycle, including...