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Shakespeare's Tragedy of Macbeth

Shakespeare's Tragedy of Macbeth

Edited, with Notes (Classic Reprint)

by William Shakespeare
Publication Date: 21/04/2018
Excerpt from Shakespeare's Tragedy of Macbeth: Edited, With Notes I have likewise omitted most of the Critical Com ments from the introduction and elsewhere, as the books from which they were taken are now generally accessible in public and school libraries. For these extracts I have substituted comments of my own, in the course of which I have attempted to settle some ques tions that have been much discussed, but, to my think ing, never satisfactorily answered. I have endeavoured to Show how Shakespeare himself answers them, instead of reading into the play what is not there, as some excellent critics seem to me to have done.

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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, in 1564. The date of his birth is unknown but is celebrated on 23 April, which happens to be St George's Day, and the day in 1616 on which Shakespeare died.

Aged eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. They had three children. Around 1585 William joined an acting troupe on tour in Stratford from London, and thereafter spent much of his life in the capital. By 1595 he had written five of his history plays, six comedies and his first tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. In all, he wrote thirty-seven plays and much poetry, and earned enormous fame in his own lifetime in prelude to his immortality.

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