A highly respected editor and Shakespearean scholar, David Bevington presents a brief version of The Complete Works of Shakespeare, 7/e with the new edition of The Necessary Shakespeare, 4/e. Available in the traditional print text format and now available as an eText within MyLiteratureLab, Pearson's online resource for literature. The eText increases flexibility for students who prefer the convenience of studying online. The eText offers complete note-taking capabilities so students can mark the text as they would the printed page.
The fourth edition continues to address the two key issues confronted by students approaching Shakespeare today: a lack of knowledge about the historical period and difficulty with the language of Shakespeare's plays. A richly illustrated general introduction offers insight into Shakespeare's England and background on the literary, social, and cultural contexts in which Shakespeare wrote and produced plays. Each play is introduced by a descriptive essay designed to help students appreciate the historical contexts and interpretive issues raised by the play, without dictating students’ interpretations. Thoroughly revised and updated notes and glosses provide contemporary readers the support they need to understand Elizabethan language and idioms in accessible and clear modern language, line by line.
David Bevington is a highly respected editor and Shakespearean scholar. He is Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus. He taught drama at the University of Chicago, focusing on Shakespeare and his contemporaries (Jonson, Marlowe, Webster, Middleton, Dekker, etc.), as well as medieval drama and then the entire sweep of Western drama from Aeschylus and Sophocles down to Caryl Churchill and Tom Stoppard. In addition to courses on Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, and medieval drama, he co-taught in Theater and Performance Studies ((variously with Heidi Coleman, Director of University Theater, John Muse, English Department, and Drew Dir, resident dramaturg at Court Theatre) a two-quarter sequence called The History and Theory of Drama from the 5th century B.C. down to the present day. "One of the most learned and devoted of Shakespeareans," so called by Harold Bloom, he specializes in British drama of the Renaissance, and has edited and introduced the complete works of William Shakespeare in both the 29-volume, Bantam Classics paperback editions and the single-volume Longman edition. He also edits the Norton Anthology of Renaissance Drama and an important anthology of Medieval English Drama. Bevington's editorial scholarship is so extensive that Richard Strier, an early modern colleague at the University of Chicago, was moved to comment: "Every time I turn around, he has edited a new Renaissance text. Bevington has endless energy for editorial projects." In addition to his work as an editor, he has published studies of Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, and the Stuart Court Masque, among others, though it is for his work as an editor that he is primarily known.
Reading Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century
Life in Shakespeare's England
Shakespeare's World: A Visual Portfolio
London Theatres and Dramatic Companies.
Shakespeare's Life and Work.
How to Read Shakespeare
The Taming of the Shrew.
A Midsummer Night's Dream.
The Merchant of Venice.
Much Ado About Nothing.
As You Like It.
Twelfth Night; Or, What You Will.
Measure for Measure.
The Tragedy of King Richard the Third.
The Tragedy of King Richard the Second.
The First Part of King Henry the Fourth.
The Life of King Henry the Fifth.
Romeo and Juliet.
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.
Othello, the Moor of Venice.
Antony and Cleopatra.
The Winter's Tale.
Appendix 1. Canon, Dates, and Early Texts
Appendix 2. Sources.
Appendix 3. Shakespeare in Performance.
Appendix 4. Films and Videos as a Guide to the Study of Shakespeare.
The Royal Genealogy of England.
Glossary of Shakespearean Words.