classic play. According to Wikipedia: "TheMerchant of Venice is a playby William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1596 and 1598. Althoughclassified as a comedy in the First Folio,and while it sharescertain aspects with Shakespeare's other romantic comedies, the play is perhaps moreremembered for its dramatic scenes, and is best known for the character of Shylock.
The title character is the merchant Antonio, not the Jewish moneylender Shylock, who is the play's most prominent and
morefamous character. Though Shylockis a tormented character, he is also a tormentor, so whether he is to be viewed with disdain or sympathy is up to the audience (as influencedby the interpretationof the play's director and lead actors). As a result,The Merchant of Venice is often classified as oneof Shakespeare's problem plays."
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Folger Shakespeare Library The world's leading center for Shakespeare studies Each edition includes: • Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play • Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play • Scene-by-scene plot summaries • A key to famous lines and phrases • An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language • An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play • Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books Essay by Alexander Leggatt The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs.
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Partof "The New Penguin Shakespeare" series, this text looks at "The Merchant of Venice"with an introduction, a list of further reading, commentary and a short account ofthe textual problems of the play. The series is used and recommended by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
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