The Merchant of Venice (Penguin Popular Classics)

The Merchant of Venice (Penguin Popular Classics)

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The Merchant of Venice (Penguin Popular Classics)
Paperback: 1994
Book Condition: USED/ACCEPTABLE..Medium to heavy wear. Beige brown pages has writings and underlines from previous owner.

Product Description

Bassanio, a feckless young Venetian, asks his wealthy friend, the merchant Antonio, for money to finance a trip to woo the beautiful Portia in Belmont. Reluctant to refuse his friend, Antonio borrows the money from Shylock, the Jewish moneylender. If he reneges on the deal, Shylock jokingly demands a pound of his flesh.

The Merchant of Venice is a play by William Shakespeare in which a merchant in 16th-century Venice must default on a large loan provided by an abused Jewish moneylender. It is believed to have been written between 1596 and 1599. Though classified as a comedy in the First Folio and sharing certain aspects with Shakespeare's other romantic comedies, the play is perhaps most remembered for its dramatic scenes, and is best known for Shylock and the famous "Hath not a Jew eyes?" speech. Also notable is Portia's speech about "the quality of mercy".

About the Author
William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 (baptised) – 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Sometime between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, at age 49, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, which has stimulated considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, sexuality, and religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others. Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were primarily comedies and histories, and these are regarded as some of the best work ever produced in these genres. He then wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest works in the English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights. Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime. In 1623, however, John Heminges and Henry Condell, two friends and fellow actors of Shakespeare, published a more definitive text known as the First Folio, a posthumous collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare's. It was prefaced with a poem by Ben Jonson, in which

Shakespeare is hailed, presciently, as "not of an age, but for all time".


Review Citations:
Library Journal 10/15/2006 pg. 97 (EAN 9780300115642, Paperback)
Univ PR Books for Public Libry 01/01/2007 pg. 1 (EAN 9780300115642, Paperback)
Library Journal 10/15/2000 pg. 109 (EAN 9780140714623, Paperback)
Wilson Senior High Catalog 10/10/2018 (EAN 9780140714623, Paperback)
Kirkus Reviews 04/01/2011 (EAN 9789380028590, Paperback)
School Library Journal 09/01/2011 pg. 188 (EAN 9789380028590, Paperback)
School Library Journal 09/01/2010 pg. 178 (EAN 9780764144462, Paperback)
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2010 pg. 334 (EAN 9780764144462, Paperback)
Booklist 03/15/2010 pg. 51 (EAN 9780764162985, Hardcover)
School Library Journal 09/01/2010 pg. 178 (EAN 9780764162985, Hardcover)
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2010 pg. 334 (EAN 9780764162985, Hardcover)



Series:
Penguin Popular Classics
Physical Info: 128 pages

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