The Merchant of Venice

Author(s): Shakespeare, William

Poetry & Plays

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.

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General Fields

  • : 9781840224313
  • : Wordsworth Editions, Limited
  • : Wordsworth Editions, Limited
  • : August 2000
  • : 198mm X 126mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : illustrations
  • : Shakespeare, William
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : English
  • : 822.33
  • : 128