William Shakespeare, "Macbeth" (The New Cambridge Shakespeare)
Edited by A. R. Braunmuller
Cambridge University Press | 1997 | ISBN: 052129455X | 302 pages | siPDF | 7.5 MB
This is the most extensively annotated edition of Macbeth
currently available, offering a thorough reconsideration of one of Shakespeare's most popular plays. A full and accessible introduction studies the immediate theatrical and political contexts of Macbeth
's composition, especially the Gunpowder Plot and the contemporary account of an early performance at the Globe. It treats such celebrated issues as whether the Witches compel Macbeth to murder; whether Lady Macbeth is herself in some sense a witch; whether Banquo is Macbeth's accomplice in crime; and what criticism is levelled against Macduff. A well-illustrated account of the play in performance examines several cinematic versions, such as those by Kurosawa and Roman Polanski, and other dramatic adaptations.