The authoritative edition of Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers.
The star-crossed lovers of Romeo and Juliet, the madness and vengeance of Hamlet, and the corrupting lust for power of Macbeth—this collection of three of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies is based on the acclaimed individual Folger editions of the plays.
This edition includes: -Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play -Full explanatory notes -Scene-by-scene plot summaries
The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit Folger.edu.
William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, on England’s Avon River. When he was eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. The couple had three children—an older daughter Susanna and twins, Judith and Hamnet. Hamnet, Shakespeare’s only son, died in childhood. The bulk of Shakespeare’s working life was spent in the theater world of London, where he established himself professionally by the early 1590s. He enjoyed success not only as a playwright and poet, but also as an actor and shareholder in an acting company. Although some think that sometime between 1610 and 1613 Shakespeare retired from the theater and returned home to Stratford, where he died in 1616, others believe that he may have continued to work in London until close to his death.