Macbeth (Folger Shakespeare Library)

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  • In 1603, James VI of Scotland ascended the English throne, becoming James I of England. London was alive with an
    interest in all things Scottish, and Shakespeare turned to Scottish history for material. He found a spectacle of
    violence and stories of traitors advised by witches and wizards, echoing James’s belief in a connection between treason
    and witchcraft.

    In depicting a man who murders to become king, Macbeth teases us with huge questions. Is Macbeth tempted by fate, or by
    his or his wife’s ambition? Why does their success turn to ashes?

    Like other plays, Macbeth speaks to each generation. Its story was once seen as that of a hero who commits an evil act
    and pays an enormous price. Recently, it has been applied to nations that overreach themselves and to modern alienation.
    The line is blurred between Macbeth’s evil and his opponents’ good, and there are new attitudes toward both witchcraft
    and gender.

    The authoritative edition of Macbeth from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series
    for students and general readers, includes:

    -Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play
    -Newly revised explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
    -Scene-by-scene plot summaries
    -A key to the play’s famous lines and phrases
    -An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language
    -An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
    -Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books
    -An up-to-date annotated guide to further reading

    Essay by Susan Snyder

    The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed
    works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public
    throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit


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