Romeo and Juliet

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 n nIn this death filled setting, the movement from love at first sight to the lovers final uni


One night on the heath, the brave and respected general Macbeth encounters three witches who foretell that he will become king of Scotland At first sceptical, he s urged on by the ruthless, single minded ambitions of Lady Macbeth, who suffers none of her husband s doubt But seeing the prophecy thr

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare s intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander Bad news is, Hermia s father wants Demetrius for a son in law On the outside is Helena, whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius Hermia


In Othello, Shakespeare creates a powerful drama of a marriage that begins with fascination between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona , with elopement, and with intense mutual devotion and that ends precipitately with jealous rage and violent deaths He sets this story in the

King Lear

Shakespeare s King Lear challenges us with the magnitude, intensity, and sheer duration of the pain that it represents Its figures harden their hearts, engage in violence, or try to alleviate the suffering of others Lear himself rages until his sanity cracks What, then, keeps bringing us back to

The Tempest

Alternate Cover publisher Edition ISBN 0743482832 ISBN13 9780743482837 n nEach edition includes n Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play n n Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play n n Scene by scene plot summaries n n A key to

The Merchant of Venice

In this lively comedy of love and money in sixteenth century Venice, Bassanio wants to impress the wealthy heiress Portia but lacks the necessary funds He turns to his merchant friend, Antonio, who is forced to borrow from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender When Antonio s business falters, repayment be

The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England

The past is a foreign country this is your guide n nWe think of Queen Elizabeth I s reign 1558 1603 as a golden age But what was it actually like to live in Elizabethan England If you could travel to the past and walk the streets of London in the 1590s, where would you stay What would you eat

Dr. Faustus

The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, commonly referred to simply as Doctor Faustus, is an Elizabethan tragedy by Christopher Marlowe, based on German stories about the title character Faust, that was first performed sometime between 1588 and Marlowe s death in 1593 Two diff

The Taming of the Shrew

Renowned as Shakespeare s most boisterous comedy, The Taming of the Shrew is the tale of two young men, the hopeful Lucentio and the worldly Petruchio, and the two sisters they meet in Padua Lucentio falls in love with Bianca, the apparently ideal younger daughter of the wealthy Baptista Minola Bu

Much Ado About Nothing

In Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare includes two quite different stories of romantic love Hero and Claudio fall in love almost at first sight, but an outsider, Don John, strikes out at their happiness Beatrice and Benedick are kept apart by pride and mutual antagonism until others decide to pla

Julius Caesar

The Oxford School Shakespeare has become the preferred introduction to the literary legacy of the greatest playwright in the English language This exclusive collection of the Bard s best works has been designed specifically for readers new to Shakespeare s rich literary legacy Each play is present

Twelfth Night

Named for the twelfth night after Christmas, the end of the Christmas season, Twelfth Night plays with love and power The Countess Olivia, a woman with her own household, attracts Duke or Count Orsino Two other would be suitors are her pretentious steward, Malvolio, and Sir Andrew Aguecheek n nOn