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Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

When the feud between the Montagues and Capulets spills into the streets of Verona, a great love must be kept secret—that of Romeo, son of Montague, and Juliet, daughter of the sworn enemy. But only a tragic...


King Lear

by William Shakespeare

King Lear is widely held as the greatest of Shakespeare's tragedies; to some, it is the greatest play ever written. King Lear abdicates the British throne, to divide his kingdom among his three daughters in...


A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare

Magic, fairies, young lovers chasing each other through a forest, a man with a donkey's head, and impish Puck wreaking havoc right and left. What's going on here? It's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare...


Twelfth Night

by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's great festive comedy, probably written and first performed around 1601, follows the adventures of twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated from each other by a shipwreck. Viola, believing her...


Othello

by William Shakespeare

Othello is the story of a cross-cultural romance between the title character, a noble moor who is a general in the Venetian army, and Desdemona, a beautiful and virtuous Venetian lady. The newly-married couple...


Hamlet

by William Shakespeare

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet exacts on his uncle Claudius for murdering King Hamlet,...


Fuenteovejuna: A Dual-Language Book

by Lope de Vega & Stanley Appelbaum

A captivating 17th-century drama of peasants defending their honor against oppression by a feudal lord. Features an excellent English-prose version on the pages facing the original Spanish.


Love's Labour's Lost

by William Shakespeare

A well-intentioned king vows to forego all fleshly delights, setting the stage for romantic hijinks. The customary Shakespearean comic elements — lovers in disguise, a witty clown, and sparkling repartee —...


All's Well That Ends Well

by William Shakespeare

The daughter of a renowned physician pursues her passion for an elusive bridegroom through a comic maze of mistaken identities, betrayals, repentance, and dramatic revelation. An extraordinary combination of...


Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare & Arthur Rackham

Shakespeare's romantic comedy takes on vivid life with these brilliant images by one of the 20th century's leading illustrators. Includes the complete play, along with 40 full-color and numerous black-and-white...


Othello

by William Shakespeare

Towering tragedy tells the story of a Moorish general who earns the enmity of his ensign Iago when he passes him over for a promotion. Masterly portrait of an archvillain. Explanatory footnotes.


Hamlet

by William Shakespeare

The quintessential Shakespearean tragedy, whose highly charged confrontations and anguished soliloquies probe depths of human feeling rarely sounded in any art. Reprinted from an authoritative British edition...


Four Great Tragedies: Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, and Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

Four of the playwright's greatest works: Hamlet; Macbeth; Othello; and Romeo and Juliet, the tale of the lovers whose names are synonymous with star-crossed romance.


The Tempest

by William Shakespeare

The bewitching tale of Prospero, an old magician, and his daughter, who live on an enchanted island. A shipwreck brings old enemies to the island, setting the stage for comedy, romance, and reconciliation.


The Merchant of Venice

by William Shakespeare

Tragicomic drama of love, wealth and justice revolves around a Venetian moneylender's bargain with a young merchant for "a pound of flesh."


Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare

Great tragedy based on Plutarch's account of the lives of Brutus, Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Evil plotting, ringing oratory, high tragedy with Shakespeare's incomparable insight, dramatic power. Explanatory...


Four Great Histories: Henry IV Part I, Henry IV Part II, Henry V, and Richard III

by William Shakespeare

This collection features the madcap adventures of Prince Hal in Henry IV, Part I, the love and war of Henry IV, Part II, the ideal monarch in Henry V and the ever-villainous Richard III.


Five Great Comedies: Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It and The Merry Wives

by William Shakespeare

This inexpensive Dover edition brings together 5 of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, from the magic and mischief of A Midsummer Night's Dream to the rollicking farce of The Merry Wives of Windsor.


The Winter's Tale

by William Shakespeare

Running an emotional gamut from betrayal and broken hearts to romance and reconciliation, this 1611 tragicomedy begins with the tyrannical actions of a jealous king, whose baseless suspicions destroy his own...


Macbeth

by William Shakespeare

A Scottish nobleman murders the king in order to succeed to the throne. Tortured by his conscience and fearful of discovery, he becomes tangled in a web of treachery and deceit that ultimately spells his doom....