Introduction 1: Tragedy in Shakespeare's time 2: Titus Andronicus 3: Tragedies of English history 4: Romeo and Juliet 5: Julius Caesar 6: Hamlet 7: Othello 8: Macbeth 9: King Lear 10: Timon of Athens 11: Coriolanus 12: Antony and Cleopatra 13: Why do we enjoy tragedy?ReferencesFurther ReadingIndex
Stanley Wells is Honorary President of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Professor Emeritus at the University of Birmingham, and the author of a number of books about Shakespeare, including Shakespeare, Sex, and Love (OUP, 2010), Shakespeare and Co (Penguin, 2007), and William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2015). He is General Editor of the Oxford Shakespeare and Penguin Shakespeare and the co-editor of Shakespeare Beyond Doubt: Evidence, Argument, Controversy (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
... probably never - against the backdrop of so much literary, and
other noise, today - has there ever been a greater need for short
summaries of such works in an attempt to reach new audiences. So,
from King Lear, to Antony and Cleopatra to Macbeth and Hamlet, et.
al, the rudiments of all ten tragedies are condensed into just half
a dozen pocket-sized pages each. Probably not for the connoiseur
but much more likely for reluctant newbies still mystified by all
the fuss. * Screentrade Magazine *
cover[s] an impressive amount of literary and historical ground, and convey[s] a suitably sizeable serving of Shakespeare knowledge. * Shakespeare Magazine *