Macbeth /

by Shakespeare, William,
Additional authors: Gill, Roma.
Series: Oxford school Shakespeare Published by : Oxford University Press, (Oxford :) Physical details: xxviii, 127 p. : ill. ; 22 cm. ISBN:0198321465 (pbk.) :. Year: 2004 Fiction notes: Click to open in new window
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Oxford School Shakespeare is an acclaimed edition especially designed for students, with accessible on-page notes and explanatory illustrations, clear background information, and rigorous but accessible scholarly credentials. In this edition of Macbeth, illustrations have been extended andupdated; the preliminary notes have been expanded; reading lists have been updated, and include websites; and the classroom notes have been brought in line with recent practice. Macbeth is a set text for 11-14 year olds in England and remains the most accessible and popular of Shakespeare's playsfor secondary students the world over.

Originally published: 1977.

Includes bibliographical references.

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For generations audiences have been gripped by the powerful drama of Macbeth: The ruinous journey of a man driven by his ambition for power, yet ultimately ending in fear violence, and madness. Macbeth, a Scottish general in King Duncan's army, Is given a prophecy by three witches that he himself will become king. Fueled by this knowledge and goaded on by his ruthless wife he murders the king to gain the crown. Yet having gained his goal, The "peace to all their days and nights to come" prophesized by the witches fails to appear. Rather, he finds that having killed, he must do so again and again. Suspicion, fear And The ghosts of the dead haunt him and his wife, destroying everything that they fought for, including their relationship, their world and finally both of them. Holding new meaning for each generation this play is a masterpiece not to be missed. Excerpted from MacBeth by William Shakespeare All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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Publishers Weekly Review

Based on an HBO animated series, these condensations emphasize the dramatic content of some of Shakespeare's best known works. As abridged by Garfield in consultation with a panel of scholars, the books on the whole retain the magic of Shakespeare's vision and remain true to his poetics. Linguistic fluidity is perforce sacrificed (omitted lines are presented as italicized summaries interspersed throughout the dialogue), but these versions should still fire children's imaginations. Though the artwork varies in quality, the Eastern European illustrators generally capture the underlying theatrics. Palettes are subdued for the dramas, and appropriately brighter for the comedies (though the tone reproductions frequently seem off). Several plays' illustrations have a cartoony appearance; a few exhibit the stilted look of old Classics Comics. While the plays forgo their complexities--many subplots are omitted--as they become more linear in their themes (Macbeth loses much of his humanity, Romeo and Juliet is pared of its politics), their nobility shines through in these visualized introductions. One hopes that readers will be encouraged to move on to the originals. Ages 10-up. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-These visually appealing, full-color adaptations introduce each title with a well-known quotation from the original work on an illustrated spread that captures the mood and setting of the piece. The stories are retold in panels with text containing an explanation of the characters' motives and a summary of the action taking place positioned beneath each panel. Brief snippets of quotations are enclosed within a few simple speech bubbles. Actual wording from the original works is very limited. Headings at the top of the spreads distill the plot essentials contained on those two pages. Macbeth uses extensive footnotes on each page to define and clarify Shakespearean language. Dramatic outdoor scenes are done in vivid colors, contrasting with night scenes rendered in gray tones. Unique features include historical information on the real King Macbeth and theatrical superstitions associated with what many actors consider an "unlucky play." A somber palette of grays and muted colors sets the mood for Frankenstein. Back matter includes a map of Europe marking the travels of Frankenstein and a chronology of medical and scientific discoveries between the years of 1747 and 1834. These titles might be useful to introduce classics to young readers in a formalized instructional setting.-Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kliman (Nassau Community College) begins with an informative survey of 17th- and 18th-century stage history of Macbeth, then closely examines a handful of 20th-century stage, television, and film productions, some protagonist-dominated (Lawrence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, Maurice Evans and Judith Anderson, Eric Porter and Janet Suzman, Nicol Williamson and Jane Lapotaire), others director-dominated and with a larger societal vision (Orson Welles's ^D ' Macbeth, Trevor Nunn's ^D ' version, and Roman Polanski's notorious gory, nude one). Kliman rightly recognizes that "every great Lady Macbeth, every Macbeth, has to be measured against [Sarah Siddons's] performances, " and she provides some fine analysis of the Lady Macbeths, from the fierce and forceful Siddons to the victimized Francesca Annis in Polanski's film. This book, in a series intended to assist class discussion at the high school and college levels, provides an abundance of material to whet the creative and critical appetites of students, teachers, actors, and all others who share an interest in Shakespeare on the stage. The illustrations are few and uninspired, the bibliography substantial. A pity that the characters in the play are not listed in the index. All collections. J. Ellis formerly, Mount Holyoke College

Horn Book Review

Featuring abridged versions of the Shakespearian texts, with abundant illustrations and frequent, but unobtrusive, descriptions of action and setting, these volumes present six of Shakespeare's best-known tales in an accessible format, while maintaining much of their original impact and style. Each book includes a brief introduction to Shakespeare's life and theater. Based on the cable television series. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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