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  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/23/1993
  • Publisher: Dover Publications

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Set amid the gloomy castles and lonely heaths of medieval Scotland, "Macbeth" is a dark and bloody drama of ambition, murder, guilt and revenge. Goaded by his ambitious wife, Macbeth murders Duncan, King of Scotland, in order to succeed to the throne. Tortured by his conscience and fearful of discovery, the Scottish nobleman becomes tangled in a web of treachery and deceit that ultimately spells his doom. Note. Explanatory footnotes.

Author Biography

"He was not of an age, but for all time," declared Ben Jonson of his contemporary William Shakespeare (1564–1616). Jonson's praise is especially prescient, since at the turn of the 17th century Shakespeare was but one of many popular London playwrights and none of his dramas were printed in his lifetime. The reason so many of his works survive is because two of his actor friends, with the assistance of Jonson, assembled and published the First Folio edition of 1623.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. xix
Macbeth in Performancep. xxix
The Playhousep. xxxviii
Macbethp. 1
Date and Textp. 95
Textual Notesp. 97
Shakespeare's Sourcesp. 99
Further Readingp. 125
Memorable Linesp. 131
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