The Merchant of Venice

Author(s): William Shakespeare


"The Merchant of Venice" is perhaps most associated not with its titular hero, Antonio, but with the complex figure of the money-lender, Shylock. The play was described as a comedy in the First Folio but its modern audiences find it more problematic to categorize. The vilification of Shylock 'the Jew' can be very uncomfortable for a post-holocaust audience, and debates continue as to whether Shakespeare's portrayal of this complex man is sympathetic or anti-semitic. A exacting and controversial comedy, "The Merchant of Venice" explores prejudice and the true nature of justice.


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Illustrated throughout by Sir John Gilbert (1817-1897), famous for his depictions of historical scenes. As well as Shakespeare, he illustrated works of Sir Walter Scott, Cervantes, Wilkie Collins and Wordsworth.

General Fields

  • : 9781907360121
  • : CRW Publishing Limited
  • : Collector's Library
  • : April 2011
  • : 150mm X 93mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : April 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : William Shakespeare
  • : Hardback
  • : Sir John Gilbert
  • : 822.33
  • : 160
  • : illustrations