Mass Market Paperbound
April 1, 1998
Penguin Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0451526805
ISBN - 13: 9780451526809
Table of Contents
The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare - Edited by Kenneth Myrick Nicholas Rowe: From
The Works of Mr. William Shakespear
William Hazlitt: From
Characters of Shakespear?s Plays
Anonymous: ?Henry Irving?s Shylock?
Elmer Edgar Stoll: From
Linda Bamber: The Avoidance of Choice: A Woman?s Privilege
Alexander Leggatt: The Fourth and Fifth Acts
Sylvan Barnet: ?The Merchant of Venice? on the Stage and Screen
NEWLY ADDED ESSAYS:
Robert Smallwood: The End of "The Merchant of Venice": Four Versions
From the Publisher
The Signet Classics edition of William Shakespeare's black comedy.
A complex play that combines pathos and humor, The Merchant of Venice also introduces one of Shakespeare's most memorable villains, the Jewish moneylender Shylock, who famously demans a "pound of flesh" for what he is owed.
This revised Signet Classics edition includes unique features such as:
• An overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater
• A special introduction to the play by the editor, Kenneth Myrick
• Notes on the sources of The Merchant of Venice
• Dramatic criticism from Nicholas Rowe, William Hazlitt, Elmer Edgar Stoll, and others
• A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions
• Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable text
• And more...
About the Author
William Shakespeare (1564–1616) was a poet, playwright, and actor who is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers in the history of the English language. Often referred to as the Bard of Avon, Shakespeare's vast body of work includes comedic, tragic, and historical plays; poems; and 154 sonnets. His dramatic works have been translated into every major language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
From Our Editors
Venetian nobleman Antonio secures a loan from the Jewish moneylender Shylock, but is unable to repay the money, and according to his contract, must therefore forfeit a pound of flesh to the merchant. The Merchant of Venice has attracted considerable controversy because of Shylock's characterization, and scholars still have not agreed on whether the play is ahead of its time or steeped in anti-Semitism. The Signet Classics edition gives readers the benefit of much criticism on this and other questions, and is perfect both for classrooms and for individual readers.