The Necessary Shakespeare, 5th edition

  • David Bevington

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ISBN-13:  9780134311845

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Throughout the flexible online environment of REVEL™, The Necessary Shakespeare showcases Shakespeare’s proficiency through different genres. It comprises 20 plays and some of the sonnets–and is arranged to emulate the First Folio of 1623, which categorizes his plays as comedies, histories, or tragedies. Selections are informed by feedback from instructors across the country regarding which works are truly “necessary” in the undergraduate classroom, and in many cases are widely available on film or video. The Fifth Edition borrows features in pedagogy and approach from Bevington’s The Complete Works of Shakespeare, a more comprehensive collection of Shakespeare’s works. 

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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 

Published by Pearson (August 12th 2016) - Copyright © 2017