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Necessary Shakespeare, The, 4th Edition

By David Bevington

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jan 9, 2013


A highly respected editor and Shakespearean scholar, David Bevington presents a brief version of The Complete Works of Shakespeare, 7/e with the new edition of The Necessary Shakespeare, 4/e. Available in the traditional print text format and now available as an eText within MyLiteratureLab, Pearson's online resource for literature. The eText increases flexibility for students who prefer the convenience of studying online. The eText offers complete note-taking capabilities so students can mark the text as they would the printed page. 
The fourth edition continues to address the two key issues confronted by students approaching Shakespeare today: a lack of knowledge about the historical period and difficulty with the language of Shakespeare's plays. A richly illustrated general introduction offers insight into Shakespeare's England and background on the literary, social, and cultural contexts in which Shakespeare wrote and produced plays. Each play is introduced by a descriptive essay designed to help students appreciate the historical contexts and interpretive issues raised by the play, without dictating students’ interpretations. Thoroughly revised and updated notes and glosses provide contemporary readers the support they need to understand Elizabethan language and idioms in accessible and clear modern language, line by line.

Table of Contents


Reading Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century

Life in Shakespeare's England

Shakespeare's World: A Visual Portfolio

London Theatres and Dramatic Companies.

Shakespeare's Life and Work.

How to Read Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Language.

Shakespeare Criticism.



The Taming of the Shrew.

A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The Merchant of Venice.

Much Ado About Nothing.

As You Like It.

Twelfth Night; Or, What You Will.

Measure for Measure.



The Tragedy of King Richard the Third.

The Tragedy of King Richard the Second.

The First Part of King Henry the Fourth. 

 The Life of King Henry the Fifth.



Romeo and Juliet.

Julius Caesar.

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.

Othello, the Moor of Venice.

King Lear.


Antony and Cleopatra.



The Winter's Tale.

The Tempest.






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.

The Royal Genealogy of England.



Textual Notes.

Glossary of Shakespearean Words.



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Necessary Shakespeare, The, 4th Edition

ISBN-13: 978-0-321-88094-9

This item has been upgraded to Necessary Shakespeare, The, 5th Edition.