The Merchant of Venice, Paperback


Edited, introduced and annotated by Cedric Watts, Professor of English Literature, University of Sussex.

The Wordsworth Classics' Shakespeare Series presents a newly-edited sequence of William Shakespeare's works.

The textual editing takes account of recent scholarship while giving the material a careful reappraisal.

The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, but it remains deeply controversial.

The text may seem anti-Semitic; yet repeatedly, in performance, it has revealed a contrasting nature.

Shylock, though vanquished in the law-court, often triumphs in the theatre.

In his intensity he can dominate the play, challenging abrasively its romantic and lyrical affirmations.

What results is a bitter-sweet drama. Though The Merchant of Venice offers some of the traditional pleasures of romantic comedy, it also exposes the operations of prejudice.

Thus Shakespeare remains our contemporary.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Shakespeare plays
  • ISBN: 9781840224313


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