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Cymbeline

by William Shakespeare

In ancient Britain during the reign of King Cymbeline, Imogen, daughter to the king, dares to fall in love with a talented young nobleman named Posthumus. But when the king discovers that the couple has secretly...


Coriolanus

by William Shakespeare

Raised to the heights of power in recognition of his bravery against the Volscian army, Caius Marcius Coriolanus, finds himself betrayed by Brutus and Sicinius. Exiled from Rome and seeking vengeance, Coriolanus...


As You Like It

by William Shakespeare

Disguised as a man, Rosalind, along with her cousin Celia, flees her uncle’s court. Finding refuge in the Forest of Arden, they are reunited with Rosalind’s father, an exiled duke, and Orlando—also exiled...


Antony and Cleopatra

by William Shakespeare

The loyalties of Antony and Cleopatra are tested with tragic outcomes as the soldier of Rome and the queen of Egypt struggle against the power and authority of the emerging Roman Empire. During a mission to...


All's Well That Ends Well

by William Shakespeare

Desperately in love with Bertram, the son of a Spanish countess, Helena schemes with the virginal Diana to fulfill Bertram’s stipulations and win his love. As Bertram’s infidelity and Helena’s deceits...


A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare

True love takes the stage at the marriage of Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Hipployta, as the fairies of the forest interfere with the lives of mortals attending the wedding feast. Although betrothed to Demetrius,...


The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

"Romeo and Juliet are in love, but they are not love-sick. Everything speaks the very soul of pleasure, the high and healthy pulse of the passions: the heart beats...."-CHARACTERS OF SHAKESPEARE'S PLAYS, by...


Othello

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine

In Othello, Shakespeare creates powerful drama from a marriage between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona that begins with elopement and mutual devotion and ends with jealous rage and death....


Hamlet

by William Shakespeare

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, often shortened to Hamlet, is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare at an uncertain date between 1599 and 1602. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatises...


Hamlet Prince of Denmark

by William Shakespeare

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, often shortened to Hamlet, is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare at an uncertain date between 1599 and 1602. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatises...


Henry VI Part 3

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine

Henry VI, Part 3 is dominated by a struggle between two military forces, neither of which can achieve victory for long. Until the end, the Yorkists and Lancastrians strive for the English crown. The conflict...


Henry VI Part 2

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine

Henry VI, Part 2 presents a kind of story that was popular before Shakespeare began writing, tracing the fall of powerful individuals to their untimely deaths. The first to go is the Duke of Gloucester, Lord...


Henry VI Part 1

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine

Henry VI, Part 1 is an uncompromising celebration of early English nationalism that contrasts the English with the French, portrayed here as effeminate and scheming.

A boy king, Henry VI, is on the English throne,...


Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a violent world, in which two young people fall in love. It is not simply that their families disapprove; the Montagues and the Capulets are engaged in a blood feud.

In...


The Merchant of Venice

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine

In The Merchant of Venice, the path to marriage is hazardous. To win Portia, Bassanio must pass a test prescribed by her father’s will, choosing correctly among three caskets or chests. If he fails, he may...


Macbeth

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine

In 1603, James VI of Scotland ascended the English throne, becoming James I of England. London was alive with an interest in all things Scottish, and Shakespeare turned to Scottish history for material. He found...


Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine

Shakespeare may have written Julius Caesar as the first of his plays to be performed at the Globe, in 1599. For it, he turned to a key event in Roman history: Caesar’s death at the hands of friends and fellow...


The Taming of the Shrew

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine

Love and marriage are the concerns of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Lucentio’s marriage to Bianca is prompted by his idealized love of an apparently ideal woman. Petruchio’s wooing of Katherine,...


Richard III

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine

In Richard III, Shakespeare invites us on a moral holiday. The play draws us to identify with Richard and his fantasy of total control of self and domination of others. Not yet king at the start of the play,...


The Tempest Thrift Study Edition

by William Shakespeare

Includes the unabridged text of Shakespeare's classic play plus a complete study guide that helps readers gain a thorough understanding of the work's content and context. The comprehensive guide includes scene-by-scene...