Tragedies, vol. 1: Volume 1

byWilliam ShakespeareIntroduction byTony Tanner

November 3, 1992|
Tragedies, vol. 1: Volume 1 by William Shakespeare
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Shakespeare’s four greatest tragedies were written in a remarkably short period of time, between 1598 and 1606. Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, and King Lear are each so singular an achievement that any rereading of them reinforces the awe and almost idolatrous worship that this most uncanny of the world’s great writers invariably inspires. In these four plays, Shakespeare engages the problem that is central to tragedy and crucial to any human community—the problem of violence and revenge—on an unprecedented scale. No other literary texts have been more instrumental in deepening our knowledge of ourselves as individuals and as a civilization.


This authoritative edition of the plays is supplemented with footnotes, bibliographies, a detailed chronology of Shakespeare’s life and times, and a substantial introduction in which Tony Tanner discusses each play individually while setting each in context.

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a merchant of some standing in his community. William probably went to the King’s New S...
Title:Tragedies, vol. 1: Volume 1
Product dimensions:672 pages, 8.29 X 5.36 X 1.41 in
Shipping dimensions:672 pages, 8.29 X 5.36 X 1.41 in
Published:November 3, 1992
Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780679417422

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