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The Tempest

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (April 14, 2015)

The authoritative edition of The Tempest from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for both students and general readers.

Putting romance onstage, The Tempest gives us...


Othello

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (April 14, 2015)

In Othello, Shakespeare creates powerful drama from a marriage between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona that begins with elopement and mutual devotion and ends with jealous rage and death....


Henry VI Part 3

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (October 15, 2014)

Henry VI, Part 3 is dominated by a struggle between two military forces, neither of which can achieve victory for long. Until the end, the Yorkists and Lancastrians strive for the English crown. The conflict...


Henry VI Part 2

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (October 15, 2014)

Henry VI, Part 2 presents a kind of story that was popular before Shakespeare began writing, tracing the fall of powerful individuals to their untimely deaths. The first to go is the Duke of Gloucester, Lord...


Henry VI Part I

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (October 15, 2014)

Henry VI, Part 1 is an uncompromising celebration of early English nationalism that contrasts the English with the French, portrayed here as effeminate and scheming.

A boy king, Henry VI, is on the English throne,...


Romeo and Juliet

The Merchant of Venice

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (October 15, 2014)

In The Merchant of Venice, the path to marriage is hazardous. To win Portia, Bassanio must pass a test prescribed by her father's will, choosing correctly among three caskets or chests. If he fails, he may never...


Macbeth

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (October 15, 2014)

In 1603, James VI of Scotland ascended the English throne, becoming James I of England. London was alive with an interest in all things Scottish, and Shakespeare turned to Scottish history for material. He found...


Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (October 15, 2014)

Shakespeare may have written Julius Caesar as the first of his plays to be performed at the Globe, in 1599. For it, he turned to a key event in Roman history: Caesar's death at the hands of friends and fellow...


Hamlet

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (October 15, 2014)

Hamlet is Shakespeare's most popular, and most puzzling, play. It follows the form of a "revenge tragedy," in which the hero, Hamlet, seeks vengeance against his father's murderer, his uncle Claudius, now the...


The Taming of the Shrew

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (October 14, 2014)

Love and marriage are the concerns of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Lucentio's marriage to Bianca is prompted by his idealized love of an apparently ideal woman. Petruchio's wooing of Katherine, however,...


Richard III

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (October 14, 2014)

In Richard III, Shakespeare invites us on a moral holiday. The play draws us to identify with Richard and his fantasy of total control of self and domination of others. Not yet king at the start of the play,...


Henry VIII

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (November 08, 2016)

In Henry VIII, Shakespeare presents a monarchy in crisis. Noblemen battle with Lord Chancellor Cardinal Wolsey, who taxes the people to the point of rebellion. Witnesses whom Wolsey brings against the Duke of...


Troilus and Cressida

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (November 08, 2016)

For Troilus and Cressida, set during the Trojan War, Shakespeare turned to the Greek poet Homer, whose epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey treat the war and its aftermath, and to Geoffrey Chaucer, author of...


King John

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (November 08, 2016)

The authoritative edition of King John from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers.

Like most of Shakespeare’s history plays, King John...


Timon of Athens

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (November 08, 2016)

The real Timon of Athens lived there in the fifth century BCE, making him a contemporary of Socrates and Pericles. Shakespeare presents Timon as a figure who suffers such profound disillusionment that he becomes...


The Two Noble Kinsmen

Henry IV, Part 1

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (August 16, 2016)

Family relationships are at the center of Henry IV, Part 1. King Henry IV and Prince Hal form one major father-son pair, with Henry in despair because Hal lives a dissolute life. The father-son pair of Hotspur...


Henry IV, Part 2

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (August 16, 2016)

Henry IV, Part 2 is the only Shakespeare play that is a ?sequel,? in the modern sense, to an earlier play of his. Like most sequels, it repeats many elements from the previous work, Henry IV, Part 1. This play...


Pericles

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (August 16, 2016)

Pericles tells of a prince who risks his life to win a princess, but discovers that she is in an incestuous relationship with her father and flees to safety. He marries another princess, but she dies giving...


Cymbeline

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (August 16, 2016)

The authoritative edition of Cymbeline from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers.

Cymbeline tells the story of a British king, Cymbeline,...


Shakespeare's Sonnets

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (August 16, 2016)

A bestselling, beautifully designed edition of William Shakespeare?s sonnets, complete with valuable tools for educators.

The authoritative edition of Shakespeare?s Sonnets from The Folger Shakespeare Library,...


The Winter's Tale

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (March 15, 2016)

The Winter's Tale, one of Shakespeare's very late plays, is filled with improbabilities. Before the conclusion, one character comments that what we are about to see, "Were it but told you, should be hooted at...


All's Well That Ends Well

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (March 15, 2016)

Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well is the story of its heroine, Helen, more so than the story of Bertram, for whose love she yearns. Helen wins Bertram as her husband despite his lack of interest and higher...


The Merry Wives of Windsor

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (March 15, 2016)

Shakespeare?s ?merry wives? are Mistress Ford and Mistress Page of the town of Windsor. The two play practical jokes on Mistress Ford?s jealous husband and a visiting knight, Sir John Falstaff.

Merry wives, jealous...


The Two Gentlemen of Verona

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (March 15, 2016)

While the word ?gentlemen? suggests that its heroes are adults, The Two Gentlemen of Verona is more intelligible if we think of them as boys, leaving home for the first time. One has a crush on a girl, Julia,...


Love's Labor's Lost

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (March 15, 2016)

At first glance, Shakespeare's early comedy Love's Labor's Lost simply entertains and amuses. Four young men (one of them a king) withdraw from the world for three years, taking an oath that they will have nothing...


King Lear

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (October 20, 2015)

Shakespeare's King Lear challenges us with the magnitude, intensity, and sheer duration of the pain that it represents. Its figures harden their hearts, engage in violence, or try to alleviate the suffering...


Antony and Cleopatra

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (November 10, 2015)

Antony and Cleopatra dramatizes a major event in world history: the founding of the Roman Empire. The future first emperor, Octavius Caesar (later called Augustus Caesar), cold-bloodedly manipulates other characters...


Richard II

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (November 10, 2015)

Shakespeare?s Richard II presents a momentous struggle between Richard II and his cousin Henry Bolingbroke. Richard is the legitimate king; he succeeded his grandfather, King Edward III, after the earlier death...


Shakespeare's Sonnets & Poems

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (November 24, 2015)

A bestselling, beautifully designed edition of William Shakespeare?s sonnets and poems, complete with valuable tools for educators.

The authoritative edition of Shakespeare?s Sonnets and Poems from The Folger...


Coriolanus

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (November 10, 2015)

Set in the earliest days of the Roman Republic, Coriolanus begins with the common people, or plebeians, in armed revolt against the patricians. The people win the right to be represented by tribunes. Meanwhile,...


Henry V

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (August 18, 2015)

Henry V is Shakespeare?s most famous ?war play?; it includes the storied English victory over the French at Agincourt. Some of it glorifies war, especially the choruses and Henry?s speeches urging his troops...


Measure for Measure

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (August 18, 2015)

Measure for Measure is among the most passionately discussed of Shakespeare?s plays. In it, a duke temporarily removes himself from governing his city-state, deputizing a member of his administration, Angelo,...


Titus Andronicus

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (August 18, 2015)

Titus Andronicus is the earliest tragedy and the earliest Roman play attributed to Shakespeare. Titus, a model Roman, has led twenty-one of his twenty-five sons to death in Rome?s wars; he stabs another son...


The Comedy of Errors

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (August 18, 2015)

Shakespeare?s The Comedy of Errors is the slapstick farce of his youth. In it, the lost twin sons of the old merchant Egeon?both named Antipholus?find themselves in Ephesus, without either one even knowing of...


As You Like It

by William Shakespeare, Paul Werstine & Dr. Barbara A. Mowat Simon & Schuster (April 14, 2015)

Readers and audiences have long greeted As You Like It with delight. Its characters are brilliant conversationalists, including the princesses Rosalind and Celia and their Fool, Touchstone. Soon after Rosalind...


Twelfth Night

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (April 14, 2015)

Named for the twelfth night after Christmas, the end of the Christmas season, Twelfth Night plays with love and power. The Countess Olivia, a woman with her own household, attracts Duke (or Count) Orsino. Two...


Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (April 14, 2015)

Much Ado About Nothing includes two quite different stories of romantic love. Hero and Claudio fall in love almost at first sight, but an outsider, Don John, strikes out at their happiness. Beatrice and Benedick...


A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine Simon & Schuster (April 14, 2015)

In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare stages the workings of love. Theseus and Hippolyta, about to marry, are figures from mythology. In the woods outside Theseus' Athens, two young men and two young women...