The Oxford Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare
Edited by Jay L. Halio
Published by Oxford University Press

The Merchant of Venice contains some of Shakespeare’s most finely crafted, multi-faceted characters and is among the most intriguing of his comedies. Published by Oxford University Press.

Among the most fascinating of Shakespeare’s comedies, perhaps not least because of its troubling themes, The Merchant of Venice contains some of Shakespeare’s most finely crafted, multi-faceted characters. Is Shylock an anti-Semitic caricature or a victim of the self-serving Christians whose hypocrisy and greed Shakespeare exposes? The choice Bassanio must make between three caskets in order to win Portia is a fairytale element which belies the themes of money, responsibility and justice which Shakespeare explores with such subtlety and, of course, such lyricism.

Printed on Caxton Wove Off-White paper
Bound in buckram with a printed paper label
Coloured endpapers
Spine blocked in gold
Head and tail bands
256 pages
8¾” x 5½”
Published by Oxford University Press

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