"To be able to read Macbeth with the eye of one of our profession's top linguists and scholars is a treat for the heart as well as the mind."—Tita French Baumlin, Southwest Missouri State University
Perhaps no other Shakespearean drama so engulfs its readers in the ruinous journey of surrender to evil as does Macbeth. A timeless tragedy about the nature of ambition, conscience, and the human heart, the play holds a profound grip on the Western imagination. This extensively annotated edition makes Macbeth completely accessible to twenty-first century readers and provides a rich resource for students, teachers, and general readers.
Burton Raffel's on-page annotations offer generous help with vocabulary and usage of Elizabethan English, pronunciation, prosody, and alternative readings of phrases and lines. And in his introduction he provides religious and social contexts that increase the reader's understanding of the play. In a concluding essay, Harold Bloom argues that Macbeth--his favorite of Shakespeare's high tragedies--is the playwright's most internalized drama.
"The polymathic scholar and translator Burton Raffel not only elucidates baffling terms but offers guidance on the prosody and declamation of Shakespeare's lines, often to subtle effect, which will be useful to actors as well as readers."—Eric Ormsby, New York Sun
Selected for Association of American University Presses (AAUP) Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries, 2006
Selected as a 2005 outstanding book by University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Featured at ALA as one of the "Best of the Best from the University Presses: Books you should know about"
- Selected as a 2005 outstanding book by University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries and featured at ALA as one of the “Best of the Best from the University Presses: Books you should know about.”