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Macbeth (Norton Critical Editions) 1st. Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0393977868
ISBN-10: 0393977862
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About the Author

Robert S. Miola is Gerard Manley Hopkins Chair of English at Loyola University Maryland. He is the author of Shakespeare’s Reading, Shakespeare and Classical Comedy: The Influence of Plautus and Terence, Shakespeare and Classical Tragedy: The Influence of Seneca, and The Comedy of Errors: Critical Essays, as well as dozens of articles on sixteenth-century English literature.
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Product Details

  • Series: Norton Critical Editions
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st. edition (November 26, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393977862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393977868
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a teacher of 11th grade English, I ordered this text because I was curious about its supplementary material. Now I am committed to the Norton Critical Editions for EVERY Shakespeare play I teach in the future! My students were amazed and sometimes enthralled with the incredibly rich background material which supplemented their study of Macbeth. They especially loved comparing Lady Macbeth's invocation of evil forces, and her declaration of imagined infanticide, with Seneca's Medea, in which Medea declares she will sacrifice her children to punish her cheating husband. They were incredulous that Macbeth's witches were actually mentioned several times in Holinshed's history. The factual background for Macbeth's rise and fall, set within the context of the eleventh century, gave them a deeper understanding of his inherent brutality. They also were better able to appreciate the modern aspects of his personality as interpreted by Shakespeare by contrasting the Bard's Macbeth with Holinshed's details of the actual historical Macbeth. And they really enjoyed learning that Lady Macbeth's real name was Gruoch. (Several said they're going to name their dog or their first daughter after her! Ha, ha!) WHAT A SUPERIOR SOURCE for any teacher! Please buy this if you are reading, studying, or teaching Macbeth!

Added note: Now it's years later, and I have used the Norton Critical Editions for teaching EVERY time one is available for the work I'm teaching. They are simply the best in providing depth and analysis via the historical documentation, critical reviews (both historical and contemporary), and other source material. I am such a fan of these, and have shared them with so many students, that my AP students have begun to buy them also for the work we are studying.
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It's hard to beat Norton Critical editions in general for both source material and a range of critical articles -- not to mention abundant footnotes. If it isn't Norton Critical edition, it's not as complete a package as it should be.
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It's a play so some of the questions above don't relate. MacBeth is one of Shakespeare's great classics. It's better than House of Cards for political intrigue, cold-hearted women, ghosts, witches and murder.
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The classic story as told by Shakespeare. Very little is altered and there are lots of great side notes to help out even the most average of layperson readers.
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Wonderful edition! A must have for any Shakespeare student!
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