Necessary Shakespeare, The, 5th edition

  • David Bevington

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In one compact volume, The Necessary Shakespeare captures Shakespeare's proficiency as a remarkable poet and dramatist across different genres. The 20 plays (categorized as comedies, histories or tragedies) and sample of sonnets offered are arranged to emulate the First Folio of 1623. The selections featured were chosen with feedback from instructors across the country, who deem each work truly “necessary” in the undergraduate classroom. Plays span from early works like The Taming of the Shrew to Richard the Third to The Tempest, and performances of many selections are readily available on video.

The 5th Edition borrows features in pedagogy and approach from Bevington's The Complete Works of Shakespeare, a more comprehensive collection of Shakespeare's works.

Published by Pearson (July 14th 2021) - Copyright © 2017

ISBN-13: 9780137533862

Subject: Literature

Category: Shakespeare

Overview

PART 1: GENERAL INTRODUCTION

  1. Reading Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century
  2. Life in Shakespeare's England
  3. The Drama Before Shakespeare
  4. London Theaters and Dramatic Companies
  5. Shakespeare's Life and Work
  6. How to Read Shakespeare
  7. Shakespeare's Language
  8. Shakespeare Criticism

PART 2: THE COMEDIES

  1. The Taming of the Shrew
  2. A Midsummer Night's Dream
  3. The Merchant of Venice
  4. Much Ado About Nothing
  5. As You Like It
  6. Twelfth Night; or, What You Will
  7. Measure for Measure

PART 3: THE HISTORIES

  1. The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
  2. The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
  3. The First Part of King Henry the Fourth
  4. The Life of King Henry the Fifth

PART 4: THE TRAGEDIES

  1. Romeo and Juliet
  2. Julius Caesar
  3. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  4. Othello, the Moor of Venice
  5. King Lear
  6. Macbeth
  7. Antony and Cleopatra

The Romances

  1. The Winter's Tale
  2. The Tempest

The Poems

  1. Sonnets

APPENDICES

  1. Canon, Dates, and Early Texts
  2. Sources
  3. Shakespeare in Performance
  4. Films and Videos as a Guide to the Study of Shakespeare

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