William Shakespeare

Books by William Shakespeare

  1. Book Cover1 Henry IV

    Third Edition

    The text, with few departures, is that of the First Quarto (1598) edition of the play.More

  2. Book CoverAntony and Cleopatra


    William Shakespeare’s great Roman tragedy of adultery amid political conflict is now available in a richly documented and illustrated Norton Critical Edition.More

  3. Book CoverAs You Like It


    “All the world’s a stage.” Shakespeare’s beloved pastoral comedy is now available in a Norton Critical Edition.More

  4. Book CoverHamlet

    New Edition

    Hamlet, Shakespeare’s most famous play, is now available in an all-new, illustrated Norton Critical Edition.More

  5. Book CoverHamlet


    The authoritative version of Shakespeare's Hamlet, with a cover still from Kenneth Branagh's movie version of the play that defines English literature.More

  6. Book CoverHamlet: A Norton Critical Edition

    Second Edition

    “A perfect volume to initiate majors into the discipline and delight of carefully examining presumptions, priorities, language, and structures of both primary and secondary texts.”
    —Stephen R. Honeygosky, University of Pittsburgh
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  7. Book CoverHamlet: Screenplay, Introduction and Film Diary


    The tie-in book to the latest Shakespearean film by Kenneth Branagh, whose Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing were huge critical and popular successes.More

  8. Book CoverJulius Caesar


    Shakespeare’s tragedy of one of the most famous assassinations in the world at an epoch-changing time in history.More

  9. Book CoverKing Lear


    This Norton Critical Edition is based on the Folio text of King Lear (carefully corrected prior to its printing in 1623). The editor has interpolated the best-known and most-often discussed passages from Quarto I (including the “mock-trial” scene) as is fully explained in both “A Note on the Text” and the annotations that accompany the play.More

  10. Book CoverMacbeth

    Second Edition

    A tragedy that evokes both pity and terror—now in a thoroughly revised and updated Norton Critical Edition.More

  11. Book CoverMeasure for Measure


    This Norton Critical Edition looks at the full range of opinion and interpretation of this major play from its origins to the present day, from its “genius” (William Hazlitt) to its being a “hateful work, although Shakespearean throughout” (Samuel Taylor Coleridge), and beyond.More

  12. Book CoverThe Merchant of Venice


    The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare’s most beautiful plays and, conversely, his ugliest. Juxtaposed within the same conceptual frame are heavenly and musical harmonies, romantic love, materialism, and racism.More

  13. Book CoverA Midsummer Night's Dream: A Norton Critical Edition


    “In the pure poetry and intoxication of words, Shakespeare never rose higher than he rises in this play.” —G. K. ChestertonMore

  14. Book CoverThe Norton Facsimile of the First Folio of Shakespeare: Based on Folios in the Folger Library Collection


    One of the essential books of English literature and culture, the justly famous First Folio of Shakespeare's plays, a full-size photographic facsimile that has won the admiration of actors and scholars throughout the world.More

  15. Book CoverOthello

    Second Edition

    “I wanted an edition of Othello that had the necessary footnotes, background material, and a good selection of recent critical articles that would be accessible to students and would spark class discussions. This was it.”
    —Deborah Montuori, Shippensburg UniversityMore

  16. Book CoverRichard III


    In The Tragedy of King Richard III, Shakespeare chronicles the rise and fall of one of history’s most repellent, and the theater’s most mesmerizing, figures.More

  17. Book CoverRomeo and Juliet


    This much-anticipated Norton Critical Edition of Shakespeare’s best-known play is based on the Second Quarto, widely agreed to be the most authoritative early text.More

  18. Book CoverThe Taming of the Shrew


    This Norton Critical Edition of one of Shakespeare’s earliest and best-loved comedies is based on the First Folio (1623).More

  19. Book CoverThe Tempest


    The Tempest presents some of Shakespeare’s most insightful meditations on the cycle of life—ending and beginning, death and regeneration, bondage and freedom. This Norton Critical Edition is based on the First Folio text and is accompanied by explanatory annotations.More

  20. Book CoverThe Tempest: A Norton Critical Edition

    Second Edition

    “Presenting an utterly reliable text, together with a rich collection of social, historical, and performance-based materials, this edition illuminates our understanding of the play as it has been interpreted traditionally, while simultaneously pointing the way to innovative, revisionist readings for the future.”
    —S. P. Cerasano, Colgate University

    “The Norton Critical Tempest is a truly wonderful resource: it illuminates Shakespeare’s most open-ended play with a wealth of richly suggestive contextual materials—on magic, on human perfectibility, on travel and alien worlds, on colonial domination, on religion and politics. Providing a well-selected sampling of interpretive criticism and artistic rewritings, the edition will inspire students to become researchers and re-creators themselves as they bring these texts into conversation with Shakespeare’s magical and enigmatic creation.”
    —Lynne Magnusson, University of Toronto
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