Necessary Shakespeare, The, 5th edition

  • David Bevington

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The Necessary Shakespeare distills the best, most widely read and produced of Shakespeare's great plays. Respected Shakespeare scholar David Bevington showcases Shakespeare's proficiency through different genres by focusing on the comedies, histories and tragedies that are essential to understanding his works.

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

ISBN-13: 9780137533862

Subject: Literature

Category: Shakespeare

Table of contents


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



9. The Taming of the Shrew

10. A Midsummer Night’s Dream

11. The Merchant of Venice

12. Much Ado About Nothing

13. As You Like It

14. Twelfth Night; or, What You Will

15. Measure for Measure



16. The Tragedy of King Richard the Third

17. The Tragedy of King Richard the Second

18. The First Part of King Henry the Fourth

19. The Life of King Henry the Fifth



20. Romeo and Juliet

21. Julius Caesar

22. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

23. Othello, the Moor of Venice

24. King Lear

25. Macbeth

26. Antony and Cleopatra


The Romances

27. The Winter’s Tale

28. The Tempest


The Poems

29. Sonnets


Appendix 1: Canon, Dates, and Early Texts

Appendix 2: Sources

Appendix 3: Shakespeare in Performance

Appendix 4: Films and Videos as a Guide to the Study of Shakespeare 

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