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Product Details

  • Series: No Fear Shakespeare
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: SparkNotes (April 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586638467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586638467
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The explosive and overwhelming effect of a truck bomb...this horrific, riveting "Macbeth" ought to be seen by as many people as possible." -- Terry Teachout, "The Wall Street Journal" --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Alan Cumming is a Tony Award-winning actor whose theater credits include Cabaret, The Seagull, Hamlet, and The Threepenny Opera. His films include the Spy Kids trilogy, The Smurfs, The Anniversary Party, X2: X-Men United, Goldeneye, Emma, Circle of Friends and Eyes Wide Shut. On television he has appeared on The Good Wife, Sex and the City, Frasier, Third Rock From the Sun, The L Word, and many more. He has also written a novel, Tommy's Tale, and released an album, A Bought a Blue Car Today --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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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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A very helpful edition of Shakespeare's work.
Priscilla
He loved re-reading this book after having read in high school.
David R. Steele
MacBeth is my favorite of all of Shakespeare's plays.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By D. Durkee on October 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I've been playing this in a regular senior English class. Many of the students are finally understanding the play. The actors in this cd do a wonderful job interpreting their lines. The Scottish accents are well done. Sound effects make it vivid. It's the best production I've found to date.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By David E. Levine on April 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
I consider myself to be a reasonably literate individual but, I have always avoided Shakespeare since I cannot make sense of the text. But now, I have fianally read Macbeth because, with "No Fear Shakespeare," each left hand page is written in the original whereas the right hand page is a plain English translation. So now I know, that when a porter says "it makes him stand to and not stand to," he is not referring about someone standing up on his feet. Instead, it means that alcoholic drinks make a man have an erection but then, lose the erection. How true is that and how cool is it to be able to understand that? Seriously, Macbeth is a great tale of ambition, deception and conscience. Thanks to this innovative book, I was able to read the original, then, after reading each page, I referred to the translation so I could understand. It was fun to read lines in the original, try to work out what I thought it meant and then check whether I was right. I recommend this as a way finally read and appreciate Macbeth.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Cat Silverthorne on January 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This series is wonderful if you are a teacher. It really helps students to hear how Shakespeare's words are supposed to flow when spoken by classically trained actors. Students snicker a bit at first when they hear the Scottish accents, but they get used to them quickly and the quality of the recording is excellent. The cheesy music in between acts is irritating, but you learn to ignore it. A fun bit of trivia is that the porter scene is acted by David Tennant who most people know as the current Dr. Who! It's also a treat to be able to listen to Macbeth in my car. Shakespeare makes rush-hour almost tolerable.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By DeppSun on May 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This CD is excellent--the witches are super creepy sounding, and the unabridged text is well performed. Definitely helpful for teaching Macbeth.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Allison M. Worthington on May 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
Contrary to the two editorial reviews at the top of this page, the Dover Thrift Edition of MacBeth is NOT a condensed version of the play. It is the full text of MacBeth. I am grateful that such an inexpensive paperback is available, as I needed to purchase multiple copies for the students in my English class. Other versions of Shakespeare's plays contain more footnotes or short summaries of each scene and, thus, are more high school student friendly. However, if you provide a good study guide and outline, this edition of MacBeth is a great buy, especially for those of us who sometimes must purchase our own supplies.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By TN Teach on February 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
After struggling with my decision to use this book with my senior students, I am finding they are less hesitant to read AND they are enjoying the concepts in this drama! If it were an honors class, I think I would make students read the original text, but for my regular classes, I am very happy with my decision because they are GETTING IT. We are reading the authentic Shakespeare for the really good lines/soliloquys that shouldn't be missed. This is much better than other renditions that simply paraphrase as far as comprehension is concerned.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By student on March 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
The translation is clear and it helps immensely that it is side by side with the actual text. That way it's easy to fully understand the meaning behing Shakespeare's language.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. A. Linsell on September 24, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is Shakespeare at its best. James Marsters is always a brilliant actor and he gives the role great depth and gravitas. What about James Marsters in a Winters Tale?

I love these audio productions.
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