The Merchant of Venice

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Product Number: 12818
Released: Jul 21, 2000
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ISBN: #9780140714210
Publisher: Signet
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The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, but it remains deeply controversial. The text may seem anti-Semitic; yet repeatedly, in performance, it has revealed a contrasting nature. Shylock, though vanquished in the law-court, often triumphs in the theatre. In his intensity he can dominate the play, challenging abrasively its romantic and lyrical affirmations. What results is a bitter-sweet drama.Though The Merchant of Venice offers some of the traditional pleasures of romantic comedy, it also exposes the operations of prejudice. Thus Shakespeare remains our contemporary

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Author(s): William Shakespeare
Genre: Classics, Romance

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Author(s): William Shakespeare
Genre: Classics, Romance
Product Number DD2345
Released: Feb 03, 2005
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Publisher: AudioGo
ISBN: #9781932219227
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Author(s): William Shakespeare
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Product Number Z100081845
Released: May 20, 2014
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ISBN: #9780792751755
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Author(s): William Shakespeare
Genre: Classics, Drama
Product Number Z10007484
Released: Oct 01, 2008
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Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
ISBN: #9789629547646
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Author(s): William Shakespeare
Genre: Classics
Product Number EB00610307
Released: May 17, 2015
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: William Collins
ISBN: #9780007535279
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Author(s): William Shakespeare
Product Number EB00155666
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Bantam Classics
ISBN: #9780307422163
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Author(s): William Shakespeare
Genre: Drama, Classics
Product Number EB00692122
Released: Mar 14, 2017
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: #9781101993712
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Author(s): William Shakespeare
Genre: Drama
Product Number EB00589070
Released: Dec 16, 2014
Business Term: 26 Circ
ISBN: #9781443443500
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Author(s): William Shakespeare
Genre: Classics, Drama
Product Number EB00670727
Released: May 17, 2016
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Publisher: Lerner Publications
ISBN: #9781467787093
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Author(s): William Shakespeare
Genre: Drama, Classics
Product Number EB00575086
Released: Oct 15, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: #9781476788487
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Author(s): William Shakespeare
Product Number EB00162828
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Modern Library
ISBN: #9781588368744
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Author(s): William Shakespeare
Genre: Drama, Classics
Product Number EB00628553
Released: Nov 30, 2015
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Joe Books Inc.
ISBN: #9781988120256

Professional reviews

"Two worlds contrast in this problematic Shakespearean opus--sordid, mercantile Venice, where the usurer Shylock exacts a pound of flesh for collateral, and the magic island of the virtuous, clever Portia, whose father has set a fairy tale challenge for her suitors. The play is nearly impossible to perform in its original character--not only because of its manifest anti-Semitism, but because, with the exception of Portia, the good guys are no more pleasant than the villain. Nonetheless, the so-called comedy enjoys frequent revivals. In this CBC production, part of its Stratford Festival series, the producers have opted to give it no character whatsoever. While the production is meticulous, the acting is bland. The performers do little to clearly interpret the Elizabethan diction for listeners--again with the exception of Portia (Lucy Peacock), and her companion, Nerissa (Sarah Dodd). Y.R. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"

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