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Four Great Tragedies: Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth (Signet Classics) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Classics; Revised edition (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451527291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451527295
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 School in Stratford, but he had no university education. In November 1582, at the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior, who was pregnant with their first child, Susanna. She was born on May 26, 1583. Twins, a boy, Hamnet ( who would die at age eleven), and a girl, Judith, were born in 1585. By 1592 Shakespeare had gone to London working as an actor and already known as a playwright. A rival dramatist, Robert Greene, referred to him as "an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers." Shakespeare became a principal shareholder and playwright of the successful acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain's Men (later under James I, called the King's Men). In 1599 the Lord Chamberlain's Men built and occupied the Globe Theater in Southwark near the Thames River. Here many of Shakespeare's plays were performed by the most famous actors of his time, including Richard Burbage, Will Kempe, and Robert Armin. In addition to his 37 plays, Shakespeare had a hand in others, including Sir Thomas More and The Two Noble Kinsmen, and he wrote poems, including Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. His 154 sonnets were published, probably without his authorization, in 1609. In 1611 or 1612 he gave up his lodgings in London and devoted more and more time to retirement in Stratford, though he continued writing such plays as The Tempest and Henry VII until about 1613. He died on April 23 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. No collected edition of his plays was published during his life-time, but in 1623 two members of his acting company, John Heminges and Henry Condell, put together the great collection now called the First Folio.

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The text is a good font and the notes are very helpful.
Melody
Obviously, these are four of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies and well repay the time and efffort to become familiar with them.
Timothy P. Stallcup
I recommend it for the pleasure-reader, student, or teacher.
Janeite

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mike on March 13, 2000
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Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth are Shakespeare's greatest works. These fantastic stories, coupled with strong footnotes, make for superb reading material. I would recommend this book to beginning and master Shakespeare readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janeite VINE VOICE on March 24, 2009
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I ordered this book for my AP English class, and I love that it has all four of my favorite Shakespeares together. I like the typeface, the footnotes, everything. It's small enough to carry around in your purse. I recommend it for the pleasure-reader, student, or teacher. It's a great value, too.
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By Adella on May 15, 2014
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Four of my favorite plays by Shakespeare, all wrapped into one book. I had to buy this for class and, while it offers no extended notes/analysis, it has some very helpful annotations.
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By JaxChoi on March 13, 2014
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This had great shipping. It's a very nice book and it's very clean. Thank you so much for this book!
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By Florencia on December 14, 2013
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The four of my favorite Shakespearean tragedies in one book made the best book ever, could not put it down
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I bought this book for my son, since he had to read this for school, so my review is not necessarily the best one. He has not started the class yet.
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By Melody on April 23, 2011
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This book of plays was perfect for my high school students and a great price. The text is a good font and the notes are very helpful.
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