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The Oxford Shakespeare: Macbeth (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – May 15, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (May 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199535833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199535835
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.8 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An outstanding text for teaching Macbeth to college students."--Alvaro Ribeiro, S.J., Georgetown University


"Excellent! Covers an enormous amount with scholarship and imagination in the introduction. A brilliant antidote for anyone who has suffered Macbeth in high school--excites further inquiry and a burning desire to see it performed again."--Nell Altizer, University of Hawaii


"Invaluable, both as an introductory text and as an authoritative edition for serious scholarship. Students find the notes at the bottom of the page (as oposed to at the end of the text) handy and useful."--Sarah Liu, University of California, Berkeley


--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author


Nicholas Brooke is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of East Anglia.

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wallace Sands on September 29, 2014
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I was at first somewhat wary of this printing. It seemed to be a mass market offering. Yet the price was much less than retail, and Oxford publications have such a good reputation. I was not disappointed.
It has everything I have come to expect and enjoy from Oxford Shakespeare: an excellent introduction that covers all aspects of the play from history to production notes, and challenges actors have and may face. The annotation, footnotes, references, and more are all there. It can be read in total or just the play itself (the annotation providing semantics).
I am no expert on bookbinding or paper. With that said, the jacket and binding seem to be very durable. The paper, although not stated (that I could find) as "acid-free" is certainly of higher quality than the newsprint paper currently popular with many publishers. Unless you are looking for a "quick-read, throw-away" I feel confident you will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Two Leg Spider on August 2, 2012
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I last read Shakespeare in college, which due to the setup of the book, was much more tedious than it needed to be. This edition really shines in my eyes by having all the extra stuff (explanations of reference, definitions of archaic words, etc.) on the same page as the text of the play. This saved me from flipping back and forth continuously, which made this version very worth it. As for the book itself, it is my favorite tragedy by far, as it explores the darker side of ambition and the effects of unnatural acts on the mind. "Lay on Macduff, and damned be he who first cries hold!"
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By Malakai on September 23, 2014
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Great price
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By alicia on July 16, 2012
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The book arrived in about a week from when it was ordered, it is in fantastic condition and is the correct edition!! I am extremely pleased with the product and the competency of whoever packaged it. (i don't know what it is with ordering the Oxford Shakespeare, but for some reason people seem to think if they send you any old shakespeare book it'll be fine and dandy! if you need The Oxford Shakespeare edition for class order it here cause this seems to be the only place that realizes that there are different versions of Shakespeare available lol)
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sean on December 17, 1999
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Macbeth is a great play. If you forget the symbolism, the imagery, the metaphors, the similes, the hyperboles and whatnot, it is a greatr play. The youth hates Shakespeare because we focus so much on analyzing everything he did. (Cough, cough, sarcasm) But all in all, he was an entertainer, much as a director is now. He wrote so that people would enjoy, not spend countless hours trying to decipher the "Secret code" that he must have put into every one of his plays, seeing as he had so much time to do this between the 30 some odd plays he did. Just take it as it is, and have fun with it. Or, with Macbeth, be sad, or disturbed, but enjoy it. I'm 16 years old, and I love Shakespeare... just don't take it too seriously.
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