The Merchant of Venice - Wordsworth Classics (Paperback)
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The Merchant of Venice - Wordsworth Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 128 Pages / Published: 05/10/2000
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Edited, introduced and annotated by Cedric Watts, Professor of English Literature, University of Sussex. The Wordsworth Classics' Shakespeare Series presents a newly-edited sequence of William Shakespeare's works. The textual editing takes account of recent scholarship while giving the material a careful reappraisal. The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, but it remains deeply controversial. The text may seem anti-Semitic; yet repeatedly, in performance, it has revealed a contrasting nature. Shylock, though vanquished in the law-court, often triumphs in the theatre. In his intensity he can dominate the play, challenging abrasively its romantic and lyrical affirmations. What results is a bitter-sweet drama. Though The Merchant of Venice offers some of the traditional pleasures of romantic comedy, it also exposes the operations of prejudice. Thus Shakespeare remains our contemporary.

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
ISBN: 9781840224313
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 86 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 7 mm
Edition: New edition

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