This series offers students and teachers the power and eloquence of Shakespeare's plays with tools that can help make his work more accessible and meaningful. Each volume provides the complete play text side-by-side with explanatory notes. In addition, there is a general introduction to the life and work of Shakespeare, a brief treatment of an aspect of his language, background material on the Globe Theatre, as well as specific information on the play itself. Comprehensive questions and writing asssignments for each act enhance understanding of the play.
He was not of an age, but for all time, declared Ben Jonson of his contemporary William Shakespeare (1564-1616). Jonson's praise is especially prescient, since at the turn of the 17th century Shakespeare was but one of many popular London playwrights and none of his dramas were printed in his lifetime. The reason so many of his works survive is because two of his actor friends, with the assistance of Jonson, assembled and published the First Folio edition of 1623.