The Norton Shakespeare: Essential Plays / The Sonnets offers the twenty most-assigned plays and all the sonnets in a compact, portable, and value-priced paperback with a host of features.
Organized by genre, this volume includes the genre introductions enthusiastically received in The Norton Shakespeare, Second Edition: “Shakespearean Tragedy” by Stephen Greenblatt, “Shakespearean Comedy” by Katharine Eisaman Maus, “Shakespearean History” by Jean E. Howard, and “Shakespearean Romance” by Walter Cohen. Like its parent volume, this concise edition gives students the vibrant introductions, readable single-column format, helpful glosses and notes, and extensive reference materials—maps, a timeline, annotated bibliographies and film lists, documents—that have made The Norton Shakespeare, Second Edition the best-selling classroom edition worldwide.
Portable and easy to use
The Norton Shakespeare: Essential Plays / The Sonnets is published in a convenient format that is easy to read and easy to hold. In the best tradition of Norton anthologies, the text is presented in a single-column format, with marginal glosses and clear annotations. This compact, single-volume paperback, printed on substantial paper, is both portable and durable.
An unbeatable value
The Norton Shakespeare: Essential Plays / The Sonnets is priced $5 less than the leading brief Shakespeare volume. For about the same price as 10 individual paperbacks of Shakespeare’s plays, this edition gives you 20 plays and all the sonnets—plus lively student-friendly introductions to the genres and to each play, maps, bibliographies, film lists, and more.
A host of student-friendly features
The Norton Shakespeare: Essential Plays / The Sonnets includes lively genre introductions by the Norton Shakespeare editors (“Shakespearean Tragedy” by Stephen Greenblatt, “Shakespearean Comedy” by Katharine Eisaman Maus, “Shakespearean History” by Jean E. Howard, and “Shakespearean Romance” by Walter Cohen). This well-received feature is unique to The Norton Shakespeare and gives students a fuller understanding of the works. In addition, the volume offers:
The Norton Shakespeare Student Website is an exciting gateway to six of the plays— The Merchant of Venice, Henry IV, Part 1, Hamlet, Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Tempest. For each play, students will find a wealth of resources, including Thematic Topics, Sources, Bibliography, Theatrical and Critical Receptions, and more.