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


  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


  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


  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


  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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