The Tragedy of Macbeth

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - Drama - 249 pages
Dark and violent, Macbeth is also the most theatrically spectacular of Shakespeare's tragedies. Indeed, for 250 years - until early this century - it was performed with grand operatic additions set to baroque music.In his introduction Nicholas Brooke relates the play's chaning fortunes to changes within society and the theatre and investigates the sources of its enduring appeal. He examines its many layers of illusion and interprets its linguistic turns and echoes, arguing that the earliest surviving text isan adaptation, perhaps carried out by Shakespeare himself in collaboration with Thomas Middleton.This fully annotated edition reconsiders textual and staging problems, appraises past and present critical views, and represents a major contribution to our understanding of Macbeth.
 

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Contents

Editorial Procedures
83
APPENDIX
95
Lineation
213
APPENDIX
225
APPENDIX C
234
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Nicholas Brooke is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of East Anglia.

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