by Homer A. Watt, Karl J. Holzknecht, Raymond Ross
Act-by-act synopses of all the plays are given. To suggest the flavor of the original, actual quotations from the plays are woven into the narratives and the descriptions of characters listed in the dramatis personae . The introduction covers Shakepeare's life and times, sources, and other background material. Illustrations, maps, a selected bibliography, and two helpful genealogical charts are included.