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Macbeth (Collector's Library) Hardcover – September 1, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1905716791 ISBN-10: 1905716796

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Product Details

  • Series: Collector's Library
  • Hardcover: 149 pages
  • Publisher: Collector's Library (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905716796
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905716791
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.4 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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Grade 7 Up–Each book includes a brief introduction to the play, followed by an illustrated cast of characters and a glossary of literary terms. Annotated text from the play alternates with black-and-white illustrations of selected scenes, in the style of a graphic novel. It is unclear why the editors did not make these true graphic novels throughout. The black-and-white comic art is undistinguished, and as most of it simply depicts two characters in conversation, it does little to clarify what is going on. The first two plays in particular offer marvelous possibilities for the illustrator, so the ho-hum comics are disappointing. Think about it boxes contain study questions such as, What has worried Macbeth? and boxed Literary terms give examples like, ‘Hermia...Hermia...Helena...' is...alliteration. Teacher's guides accompany the books. Those interested in a graphic-novel interpretation might want to consider Arthur Byron Cover's Macbeth (Puffin, 2005), which is illustrated in manga style and would probably appeal more to reluctant readers. These titles might be useful for teaching Shakespeare to reluctant readers, but a better choice might be a simple annotated Shakespeare such as a Sparknotes No Fear Shakespeare series (Spark), supplemented by Bruce Coville's William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (1999) and William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (2003, both Penguin), which are picture-book prose adaptations, or Adam McKeown's Romeo and Juliet: Young Reader's Shakespeare (Sterling, 2004).–Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ
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My students like holding it, they are excited to have a better book than their peers in other teachers' classes.
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In addition, Raffel frequently gives the proper way to stress the syllables in a line when reading it aloud, which can be extremely helpful.
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If you are looking for a good Kindle edition of Shakespeare, buy the Modern Library versions edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By kaream on December 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
Virtually all editions of Macbeth will have at least some annotations. Rummaging through five different editions, I preferred this Yale University Press version, edited by Burton Raffel, as having the most comprehensive and comprehensible notes, as well as an excellent introduction to Shakespeare's play. Raffel not only explains the meanings of obscure words, but also gives brief notes pertaining to relevant history, geography, stage directions, etc, that are rarely addressed as fully by other editors. In addition, Raffel frequently gives the proper way to stress the syllables in a line when reading it aloud, which can be extremely helpful. (However, in most places these stresses need to be very subtle, so that you don't sound like "taDUM taDUM taDUM".) And Yale's page layout is among the clearest that I've seen.

As a bonus, this edition includes at the back a long essay on the play by Harold Bloom. This is not an uninteresting commentary, but Bloom desperately needs a good editor. His essay is not only at least three times longer than it should be, but is startlingly repetitious. Yale would have been wise to have asked Bloom for a rewrite.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
Macbeth has always been one of Shakespeare's most popular plays. It is vivid, has blood & murder, magic, visions, treachery, and just deserts. I mean, what is not to love? The play moves along quickly and isn't one of the longer plays. For all these reasons and more, audiences love it.

But there is a lot more to the play than the plot outline might suggest. Shakespeare brilliantly works out the subtleties of character through the action, interactions, and self-discussions in the play. It isn't a simple "action" play, it is also a masterwork of revealing the character of the characters even when they are themselves unaware of the trap they are leaping into.

I am partial to the Arden editions because I trust the text, love the extensive notes, and the introductory and additional material that helps give the play context and talks about sources Shakespeare almost certainly used. In this case Holinshed's "Chronicles of Scotland". Throughout this edition there are also discussions of the textural problems of this play: where some things seem to be missing, what might be interpolations, and so forth.

This is a very useful edition of a great play.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K.A.Goldberg on January 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
Many readers of Shakespeare spend hours trying to navigate the Olde English. When they finally grasp the language (seldom before Act III) they are treated to a rare experience in poetic power. The pages begin flying past as the master's prose engulfs our attention. But too many have already quit in frustration or arrived arrive exhausted. Enter this nicely practical edition for the tragedy of MacBeth. Readers gain knowledge and proficiency from the excellent annotationns and helping points, as if a gentle hand is guiding us over the hump. We still need to work, but we get there faster. Then we enjoy the genuis of Shakespeare as his prose begins to fly. MacBeth is a stark tale of raw ambition, deceit, murder, passion, and madness. We follow the evil hands of MacBeth and Lady MacBeth as they lust for power. "None of woman born shall harm MacBeth," the deceitful witches tell them, along with a warning to "beware of McDuff." Hearing what they want to hear, MacBeth and Lady MacBeth proceed on a trail of pure evil. After shedding blood, their assumption of power does not provide the rewards that MacBeth and his Lady expected. Instead they find a dark spiral that descends into fear, guilt, and madness. Shakespeare apparently penned this classic in the first decade of the 1600's; now some four centuries later it remains a gripping, powerful tale. And this version should help readers "get there" a little faster, at which the master's prose takes us in stunning, poetic flow.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By E. Horner on November 8, 2006
Format: Perfect Paperback
The subtitle is "A facing-pages translation into contemporary English" and it is not a line by line translation, it simply has short scene summaries, a disappointment given this description. Also it would be more accurate to call this a pamphlet rather than a book since it is 30 pages of text and 10 pages of bibliography and appendices. I bought it to supplement classroom material and ironically found out that appearances are not reality!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By joyful girl on February 3, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I'm a high school English teacher. I order 150 copies of various volumes of Shakespeare plays for my students every year. I've worked with 5 or 6 different editions/publishers of Macbeth over the last 11 years. This new series surpasses the other editions I've used by leaps and bounds.

The play, of course, is fabulous and timeless. This review is for the book though. My students like holding it, they are excited to have a better book than their peers in other teachers' classes. I highly recommend the Modern Library Classics series of Shakespeare's plays.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Andalora on February 14, 2010
Format: Library Binding
I am taking a Shakespeare course at my high school and this was the issued version of Macbeth I got. I like that the book starts out by talking about Will's life and times. It helps put things into historical context. Readers need to know that King James VI of Scotland and I of England had just ascended the thrown, and that Shakespeare would be performing this with his fellow actors infront of him. They need to know that attempts to take the King's life using "black magic" were made, and tales of witches and sorcery abounded. It also helps you learn how to read Shakespearean verse and has an interesting perspective essay written by Susan Snyder which is helpful if, after reading the play, you're wondering what to make of all the sorcery, evil, and murder.
All in all, I love this book. I didn't want a book that "translated" Shakespearean verse into modern English, because that actually hurts more than it helps. You may "understand what's going on" if you read something like that, but Shakespeare chose the words he did for a reason: he rhymed, made allusions, used alliteration, metaphors, similes, backspeak, poetic compression, and all the rest, for a reason. And you can't find that complexity when you use the modern English versions.
It couldn't hurt to also buy Macbeth (Cliffs Complete) (Paperback) too...It has the text on one page, and helpful definitions of outdated words on the adjacent page, as well as interpretations of certain references and allusions. The text is a bit different (some word and less poetic compression) and there are additional accompanying definitions. If there's one thing a reader should do when reading Macbeth, it's make notes and annotate!
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