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Macbeth (Folger Shakespeare Library) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2003
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""Macbeth" is a blast...ghoulish...beguiling...sardonic...an expression of how captivating an evening of crackling Shakespeare can be." -- Peter Marks, "The Washington Post"
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William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, on England’s Avon River. When he was eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. The couple had three children—an older daughter Susanna and twins, Judith and Hamnet. Hamnet, Shakespeare’s only son, died in childhood. The bulk of Shakespeare’s working life was spent in the theater world of London, where he established himself professionally by the early 1590s. He enjoyed success not only as a playwright and poet, but also as an actor and shareholder in an acting company. Although some think that sometime between 1610 and 1613 Shakespeare retired from the theater and returned home to Stratford, where he died in 1616, others believe that he may have continued to work in London until close to his death.
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There's also a well-written intro on Shakespeare's life and his language in Macbeth, which is indispensible for a thorough understanding of the context surrounding the play. The concluding section, "A Modern Perspective," also clarifies a lot of the internal conflict within the play as well as presents a great analysis of the opposing forces and people.
A minor irritant, though, is that the page number in this edition is on the inside of the page, near the binding. It's a little bit more difficult to see with a new book. Everything else, though, is perfect. And something that I particularly like--the cover art is nice to look at. Overall, Folger Library has again successfully annotated and published another Shakespeare play.
Of course, one should read many of the fine editions of other paperback and hardbound publications of Shakespeare to get to know the plays in depth. But the Folger PB copies are well-priced, and a very good choice for a first reading of any play.