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The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
  

Synopsis

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

When the young Bassanio sees the beautiful Portia, he approaches some money lenders in order to become an acceptable suitor. When his usual lender turns him down, he approaches Shylock who promises him the money if he can take a pound of Bassino's flesh if he fails to repay the loan by a certain date. Agreeing to the terms, Bassanio sets off to pursue Portia but must overcome an unsettling puzzle in order to get her.

About the Author

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was born at Stratford upon Avon in April, 1564. He was the third child, and eldest son, of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. Little is known of Shakespeare’s early life; but it is unlikely that a writer who dramatized such an incomparable range and variety of human kinds and experiences should have spent his early manhood entirely in placid pursuits in a country town. There is one tradition, not universally accepted, that he fled from Stratford because he was in trouble for deer stealing, and had fallen foul of Sir Thomas Lucy, the local magnate; another that he was for some time a schoolmaster.

When Shakespeare died fourteen of his plays had been separately published in Quarto booklets. In 1623 his surviving fellow actors, John Heming and Henry Condell, with the co-operation of a number of printers, published a collected edition of thirty-six plays in one Folio volume, with an engraved portrait, memorial verses by Ben Jonson and others, and an Epistle to the Reader in which Heming and Condell make the interesting note that Shakespeare’s ‘hand and mind went together, and what he thought, he uttered with that easiness that we have scarce received from him a blot in his papers.’

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Publication date

11th November 2016

Author

William Shakespeare

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Publisher

Lulu.com

Format

Paperback
86 pages

Categories

Shakespeare plays

ISBN

9781365454189

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