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William Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida

Lust poses as love and ambition as patriotism in this dark and brilliant play depicting the heroic action of the Trojan War.|Troy is besieged by the invading Greeks, but the young Trojan prince Troilus can think only of his love for Cressida. Her uncle Pandarus brings the two together, but after only one night news comes that Cressida must be sent to the enemy camp. There, as Troilus looks on, she yields to the wooing of the Greek Diomedes. The tragic story is undercut by the commentary of Thers

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus

The noble Titus returns victorious to Rome bringing Tamora, Queen of the Goths as his captive. When one of Tamora's sons is condemned to die, she vows revenge, and, aided by the villainous Aaron, she exacts a terrible retribution, inaugurating a grim cycle of rape, murder, and cannibalism. This macabre, often brilliant tragedy comes from the earliest stage of Shakespeare's dramatic career.

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's Timon of Athens by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's Timon of Athens

This controversial play follows the declining fortunes of a man of extravagant contradictions.|The fabulously rich Timon believes all his friends to be as open-hearted and generous as himself. When his wealth suddenly evaporates, however, he discovers the truth and his altruism turns to a bitter hatred of mankind. Stirred up by the cynical Apemantus, Timon retreats to the woods where he plots the destruction of Athens, the city that had formerly seemed to embody everything pleasurable and civili

Sep 26, 2014
Wind how the flow of air has shaped life, myth, and the land by DeBlieu, Jan.

Wind how the flow of air has shaped life, myth, and the land

Siroccos, Santa Anas, chinooks, monsoons ... the wind has as many names as moods. Few other forces have so universally shaped the lands and waters of the earth and the patterns of exploration, settlement, and civilization. Few other phenomena have exerted such a profound influence on the history and psyche of humankind. In Wind, Jan DeBlieu brings a poet's voice and a scientist's eye to this remarkable natural force, showing how the bumping of a few molecules can lead to the creation of religion

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's Richard III by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's Richard III

Brilliantly manipulative and entirely amoral, the hero-villain Richard is one of Shakespeare's greatest roles.||The Yorkists have emerged victorious from the civil wars and Edward IV wears the English crown. But Edward's misshapen brother Richard harbors kingly ambitions and will stop at nothing to achieve the throne. In a fatal battle on Bosworth Field, Richard meets the ghosts of all whom he has murdered and the Earl of Richmond, the future King Henry VII.||Richard III is played by David Troug

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's Richard II by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's Richard II

Shakespeare's finest verse play is also his first portrait of the psychology of power.||The sensitive and poetic Richard II is undoubtedly the rightful king of England but he is unscrupulous and weak. When his cousin Henry Bolingbroke returns from banishment and mounts a challenge to his authority, Richard's right to the throne proves of little help to him. Richard is forced to abdicate, but as his power is stripped away, he gains dignity and self-awareness, and he meets his death heroically. Me

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet

In the world's most celebrated and lyrical love story, the sublime devotion of two young lovers transcends their earthly fate.|The noble Veronese houses of Montague and Capulet are locked in a bitter feud. When Romeo (a Montague) and Juliet (a Capulet) fall in love, they are swept up in a series of violent events and cruel twists of fortune. Despite the passion and innocence of their love, they fall victim to the enmity between their families, and their story ends in tragedy.

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's The comedy of errors by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's The comedy of errors

Chaos and confusion mount to a crescendo in a wild and fast-paced comedy of mistaken identity, one of Shakespeare's earliest plays.|Young Antipholus of Syracuse is searching the world for his identical twin brother, separated from him at birth. With him is his servant Dromio, who lost his twin brother at the same time. The pair arrive in Ephesus where, unbeknownst to them, their twins are living.

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's The tempest by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's The tempest

This haunting drama of vengeance and forgiveness crowns the group of tragicomic romances that Shakespeare composed at the end of his career. Sometimes read as his farewell to the stage, the play contains some of Shakespeare's most lyrical verse.|Prospero, wise Duke of Milan, has been deposed by Antonio, his wicked brother, and exiled with his daughter Miranda to a mysterious island. But Prospero possesses supernatural powers. Aided by the spirit Ariel, Prospero uses his magical art to bring his

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's The taming of the shrew by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's The taming of the shrew

Love and wit conquer all in Shakespeare's sparkling comedy of self-delusion and disguise.|Padua holds many suitors for the hand of fair Bianca, but Bianca may not be married until her spinster sister, Kate, is wed. Could any man be rash enough to take on Kate? |The witty adventurer Petruchio undertakes the task. While he sets about transforming Kate from foul-tempered termagant to loving wife, young Lucentio and his clever servant, Tranio, plot to win Bianca.

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's The merry wives of Windsor by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's The merry wives of Windsor

It is said that Queen Elizabeth gave Shakespeare two weeks to write this play that showcases her favorite comedic character, Sir John Falstaff. |The dissolute Falstaff plans to seduce Mistress Ford and Mistress Page, two "Merry Wives of Windsor," thereby gaining access to their husbands' wealth. The two women have the old rogue's measure, however, and Falstaff's plots lead only to his own humiliation. But the merry wives themselves fall prey to plotting as their plans to prevent Mistress Page's

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

In Shakespeare's most controversial play, the opposing values of justice and mercy must be resolved. Antonio promises money to help his friend Bassanio woo Portia. He borrows the sum needed from the cruel Shylock, but there will be a dreadful penalty if the loan is not repaid. |The golden world of Portia's Belmont calls forth some of Shakespeare's most lyrical love poetry. But the dark shadow of Shylock is never far from the heart of this brilliant comedy as it moves toward its courtroom climax.

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's The two gentlemen of Verona by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's The two gentlemen of Verona

Proteus loves Julia in Verona, Valentine loves Silvia in Milan. But when Proteus meets Silvia, he falls for her too, and the heartbroken Julia sets out in pursuit. |This delightful and sometimes disquieting early comedy of love lost and found offers lyrical poetry, disguise, clowning, outlaws, and a most unreliable dog.

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's The two noble kinsmen by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's The two noble kinsmen

Palamon and Arcite, cousins and bosom friends, are taken prisoner by Duke Theseus of Athens. While in captivity, they spy the beautiful Emilia. Both fall instantly in love with her, and their attachment to each other turns to hate. |This dark-edged tragicomedy is now widely regarded as having been written by Shakespeare in collaboration with John Fletcher. Composed sometime in 1613-14, The Two Noble Kinsmen is the final play in Shakespeare's dramatic career.

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's The winter's tale by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's The winter's tale

King Leontes of Sicilia is seized by sudden and terrible jealousy of his wife Hermione, whom he accuses of adultery. He believes the child Hermione is bearing was fathered by his friend Polixenes, and when the baby girl is born he orders her to be taken to some wild place and left to die. Though Hermione's child escapes death, Leontes' cruelty has terrible consequences. Loss paves the way for reunion, and life and hope are born out of desolation and despair.|One of the late romances in Shakespea

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

At the heart of this tragic history is one of Shakespeare's most noble characters, the statesman Brutus, who is caught in a devastating conflict between private affection and public duty.|Julius Caesar has become the most powerful man in the Rome. Does his power now threaten the very existence of the Republic itself? A conspiracy is hatched, one that will have fatal consequences not only for Caesar and the conspirators but for the future history of the ancient world.

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's King Lear by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's King Lear

King Lear is ready to turn his realm over to his three daughters. His plan is simple: give the biggest piece to the daughter who loves him most. But honeyed words and hubris blind Lear to the true motives of those around him, plunging king and kingdom into a hell of treachery, madness, and unspeakable acts, with consequences that reveal the worst and best in human nature.

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's King John by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's King John

King John of England is pitted against the united powers of France, Brittany, Austria, and the Papacy. Will England be destroyed by his fatal indecision?|As alliances are made, broken, and remade, the paranoid and erratic John reveals his weakness and reliance on those around him-including his powerful mother Queen Elinor and Faulconbridge, the cynical and witty bastard son of the dead King Richard I.

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's King Henry VI. Part one by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's King Henry VI. Part one

The all-conquering King Henry V is dead and the throne is occupied by his infant son, Henry VI. The good Duke Humphrey of Gloucester has been appointed protector, but a struggle for power soon develops between the young king's Lancastrian relatives and the powerful house of York under Richard Plantagenet. Meanwhile the French, led by Joan of Arc, the maid of Orleans, threaten to win back the territories lost to Henry V.

Sep 26, 2014
William Shakespeare's King Henry VI. Part two by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

William Shakespeare's King Henry VI. Part two

Rife with intrigue and treachery, this history play depicts the onset of the fifteenth-century Wars of the Roses between the houses of Lancaster and York.||Young King Henry VI has married the beautiful Margaret of Anjou but the new queen is ruthless and ambitious. Supported by the powerful Duke of Suffolk, Margaret plots the overthrow of her enemies, chief among them the Duke of Gloucester. But the Duke of York also aspires to the crown, and the common people, led by Jack Cade, are in rebellion.

Sep 26, 2014