The Merchant Of Venice by William ShakespeareThe Merchant Of Venice by William Shakespeare

The Merchant Of Venice

byWilliam Shakespeare

Mass Market Paperback | April 1, 1998

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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...
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 be...
Title:The Merchant Of VeniceFormat:Mass Market PaperbackPublished:April 1, 1998Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0451526805

ISBN - 13:9780451526809


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classics re-published properly! Whether you are a student or merely a Shakespeare fan, the Folger edition is the best way to go. Excellent and concise introduction, context notes, and well formatted with attractive covers if you enjoy collecting the entire series. The Merchant of Venice has never been easier to enjoy!
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This is my favourite Shakespeare play
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible This is my favourite Shakespeare play
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterwork This is my very favourite Shakespeare work.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular My favourite work by Shakesphere.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay but not great This had much more substance and value than much of shakespeare's plays. However I still found it somewhat boring
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not bad not bad... Pretty good, kinda hard to fully understand at times but the plot of this one is interesting.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it This is just such a great play. It does not need description if you are familiar with the authors work.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked this It's a great play filled with suspense.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable This wasn't a bad play (usually I'm not a fan of plays or Shakespeare's work in general). But this play was very interesting: there was romance, intrigue, discrimination, and cross dressing among other themes. Enjoyable read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really like this play This play have got to be my favorite Shakespearean comedy. It's really cleverly written and discusses issues that Shakespeare have spotted within the English society at that time. Although, I do feel sorry for Shylock.
Date published: 2016-12-11

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 Shylock
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

Robert Smallwood: The End of "The Merchant of Venice": Four Versions

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.