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Macbeth (Wordsworth Classics) Paperback – 5 May 1992
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Edited, introduced and annotated by Cedric Watts, M.A., Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of English, University of Sussex.
Shakespeare’s Macbeth is one of the greatest tragic dramas the world has known. Macbeth himself, a brave warrior, is fatally impelled by supernatural forces, by his proud wife, and by his own burgeoning ambition. As he embarks on his murderous course to gain and retain the crown of Scotland, we see the appalling emotional and psychological effects on both Lady Macbeth and himself. The cruel ironies of their destiny are conveyed in poetry of unsurpassed power. In the theatre, this tragedy remains perennially engrossing.
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The Wordsworth Shakespeare Series
- Our Shakespeare series is edited by Professor Cedric Watts, Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Sussex. Professor Watts has written introductions, notes and glossaries for all twenty of the key Shakespeare plays that we publish in our Classics series.
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Wordsworth Editions have been producing their classics since 1992. With well over 250 titles in print, the combination of great value and top quality production has made them an enduringly popular choice with lovers of great literature.
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However, the play is clearly far more than a piece of royal entertainment. It is also a fast-moving and dramatically satisfying piece of theatre. Macbeth's existential struggle between loyalty to his King and his "Vaulting ambition" is fascinating to watch, as his is struggle with Lady Macbeth, and her own terrifying refusal of her maternal role. The play shows an intensification of Shakespeare's interest in mothers and their effect upon ruling masculinity, and also contains some of the most memorable speeches in the entire canon, including Macbeth's reflections that ultimately life "is a tale/Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,/Signifying nothing". --Jerry Brotton
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- Publisher : Wordsworth Editions; Annotated edition (5 May 1992)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 128 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1853260355
- ISBN-13 : 978-1853260353
- Dimensions : 12.73 x 0.69 x 19.81 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I hadn’t read any Shakespear since my achool days (Julius Ceasur) and I’d been told to read that so it wasn’t a leisure pleasure.
The drama in this short story and how it’s still taught today was very enlightening is a testament of its continuing stature (and Shakespeare’s) in literature.
I was very surprised just how much I truly enjoyed this. I’ll try another soon