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The Merchant of Venice

SKU: 9781840224313 Supplier: Wordsworth Editions Ltd


Author : William Shakespeare
Format : Paperback | 128 pages
Dimensions : 129 x 198 x 7mm | 86g
Publication Date: 05 Oct 2000

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.


 The Merchant of Venice