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Four Great Tragedies: Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth (Signet Classics)

Four Great Tragedies: Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth (Signet Classics)
Author: William Shakespeare
ISBN 13: 9780451527295
ISBN 10: 451527291
Edition: Revised
Publisher: Signet
Publication Date: 1998-06-01
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 592
List Price: $7.95

What is tragedy? The Elizabethans defined it as a "lofty" play showing "personages of great state" caught up in a "lamentable" action that "beginneth prosperously and endeth unfortunately." Whether judged by this or any other standard, the plays selected for this collection—Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth—are considered to be the four central works of Shakespearean tragedy and must be included in any list of the world's finest tragic literature. And to make these plays more accessible for the modern reader, this edition includes the following special features:

  • An Introduction by Sylvan Barnet, general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series
  • Reliable texts by noted Shakespeare scholars
  • Texts printed in the clearest, most readable type
  • Name of each speaker given in full
  • Detailed footnotes at the bottom of each page keyed to the numbered lines of the text
  • Textual notes
  • Updated bibliography