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Hamlet (Classics Illustrated) Paperback – 29 Mar 2012
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William Shakespeare (c. 26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616) was an English playwright, renowned by many as the world's greatest writer in the English Language. Among his plays are "Romeo and Juliet," "Hamlet," "Macbeth" to name but a few.
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"The Merchant of Venice " is far from my favourite play; I feel drawn to none of the characters, and find the sentimentalising of Shylock a major irritant. That the Venetians are vulgar and bigoted does not make Shylock an attractive figure, even if there are occasions when we can only commend his eloquent reasoning. Revenge is an ugly sentiment in a play that does little to celebrate generosity of spirit. Of course it remains powerful in a fine stage production and is well-suited to study at the 14-16 level as well as beyond. I shall cling to my battered Arden copy, but highly recommend this edition for those who prefer not to have pages with considerably more notes than text. It has a good, clear introduction and valuable notes as well as plenty of stimulus to discussion.
I would recommend York Notes or other study notes on the play for students seeking seriously good grades.
The text and study guides are fantastic Christmas gifts or Birthday gifts for students who have to study this play for GCSE and who want to do well.
The story of Julius Caesar is well told here. Starting in 44BC and condensing the time of Caesar returning to Rome and his assassination, and culminating in the 2nd battle of Philippi with the defeat of the Republicans at the hands of the Triumvirs.
The illustrations are great and the story flows well. However the characters seem to have been drawn from various sources including Julius Caesar (1953) and HBO/BBC Rome TV series, so you get Cassius looking like a young Sir John Geilgud, Mark Antony looking similar to Marlon Brando in some frames, then changing to James Purefoy. Julius himself also changes from Louis Calhern to a generic Caesar. But other than being mildly jarring this does little to harm the overall enjoyment.
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