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The main texts used in the St. John's Program. They are sorted by class, and then by subject.

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INFERNO TR. ESOLEN

INFERNO TR. ESOLEN

By: Dante
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An extraordinary new verse translation of Dante's masterpiece, by poet, scholar, and lauded translator Anthony Esolen

Of the great poets, Dante is one of the most elusive and therefore one of the most difficult to adequately render into English verse. In the Inferno, Dante not only judges sin but strives to understand it so that the reader can as well. With this major new translation, Anthony Esolen has succeeded brilliantly in marrying sense with sound, poetry with meaning, capturing both the poem's line-by-line vigor and its allegorically and philosophically exacting structure, yielding an Inferno that will be as popular with general readers as with teachers and students. For, as Dante insists, without a trace of sentimentality or intellectual compromise, even Hell is a work of divine art.

Esolen also provides a critical Introduction and endnotes, plus appendices containing Dante's most important sources--from Virgil to Saint Thomas Aquinas and other Catholic theologians--that deftly illuminate the religious universe the poet inhabited.

INFERNO TR. LOMBARDO

INFERNO TR. LOMBARDO

By: Dante Alighieri
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An attractive new alternative as both a translation and a pedagogical tool. The volume includes an excellent introduction by Dante scholar Steven Botterill (Univ. of California, Berkeley), clear and informative notes by lifelong Dantist Anthony Oldcorn, a concise bibliographical note that indicates some important sources on Dante in print and online, and a diagram of Hell; Index of the Damned lists characters who appear in the canticle. The translator's preface explains Lombardo's choices as he faced the always-challenging task of rendering Dante's poetry into English. Among the most interesting choices are the occasional use of rhyme--especially in key passages and at the end of each canto, where interlocking rhymes that mimic Dante's terza rima are consistently employed--and an emphasis on creating a version that works well as an oral presentation, following the long tradition of private, public, and theatrical readings of the poem. The volume includes the original Italian text, thus facilitating classroom references and comparisons. --Rebecca West (Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago) in Choice

INTERLINEAR BIBLE: HEBREW GREEK ENGLISH

INTERLINEAR BIBLE: HEBREW GREEK ENGLISH

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Keyed to Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, the Interlinear Hebrew-English Bible offers pastors, students, and laypeople a time-saving tool for researching the subtle nuances and layers of meaning within the original biblical languages.

Available in two formats--as a complete edition in one volume (ISBN 9781565639775) or as a 4-volume complete set (ISBN 9781565639805).

The complete edition in one volume (ISBN 9781565639775) uses 7-point text.

The volumes in the 4-volume set (ISBN 9781565639805) are broken up as follows:

  • Volume 1 (Hebrew-English): Genesis-Ruth
  • Volume 2 (Hebrew-English): 1 Samuel-Psalm 55
  • Volume 3 (Hebrew-English): Psalm 56-Malachi
  • Volume 4 (Greek-English): New Testament
  • Featuring the complete Hebrew and Greek texts with a direct English rendering below each word, the layout also includes a literal translation of the Bible in the outside column. Strong's numbers are printed directly above the Hebrew and Greek words, which enables those with no prior knowledge of Greek or Hebrew to easily access a wealth of language reference works keyed to Strong's Greek/Hebrew dictionaries, analytical lexicons, concordances, word studies and more.

    The Hebrew is based on the Masoretic Text; the Greek is from the Textus Receptus. The sources of the texts are documented in the preface, and are essentially the same (with some minor variations) to the Hebrew and Greek texts used by the KJV translators.





    INTERMEDIATE GREEK ENGLISH LEXICON

    INTERMEDIATE GREEK ENGLISH LEXICON

    By: Liddell, H G
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    This abridgement of the world's most authoritative dictionary of ancient Greek is based on the 1883 revision. It includes some discussion of word usage, citing examples and characteristic phrases. Generally speaking, only words used by late writers and scientific terms have been omitted from
    the full lexicon. From Homer downwards, to the close of Attic Greek, care has been taken to include all words, as well as those used by Aristotle, Plutarch in his Lives, Polybius, Strabo, Lucian, and the writers of the New Testament.
    INTRODUCTION TO ANCIENT GREEK 2ND

    INTRODUCTION TO ANCIENT GREEK 2ND

    By: Mitchell, Deborah
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    C.A.E. Luschnig's An Introduction to Ancient Greek: A Literary Approach prepares students to read Greek in less than a year by presenting basic traditional grammar without frills and by introducing real Greek written by ancient Greeks, from the first day of study. The second edition retains all the features of the first but is more streamlined, easier on the eyes, more gender-inclusive, and altogether more 21st century. It is supported by a Web site for teachers and learners at http: //worldwidegreek.com/.

    INTRODUCTION TO SANSKRIT PART 1

    INTRODUCTION TO SANSKRIT PART 1

    By: Egenes, Thomas
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    INTRODUCTION TO SANSKRIT PART 2

    INTRODUCTION TO SANSKRIT PART 2

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    INTRODUCTION TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY TR. RAUCH

    INTRODUCTION TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY TR. RAUCH

    By: Hegel, G W F
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    . . . eminently readable . . . admirably picks up the spirit of what Hegel is saying. . . . more readable and accurate than Hartmann's, and it trans­lates a more readable text than does Nisbet's. It includes (as Hartmann's does not) an excerpt, which serves as chapter five, from 'The Geo­graphical Basis of History' (particularly interesting for what it says of America), and a brief chapter six, entitled 'The Division of History.' The volume closes with an appendix, translating §§341-360 of Hegel's Philosophy of Right and deals directly with the very concept of 'World History.' It constitutes a big help in coming to grips with what Hegel means by 'Spirit.' --Quentin Lauer, SJ, Fordham University, in International Philosophical Quarterly

    INTRODUCTORY LECTURES ON PSYCHOANALYSIS

    INTRODUCTORY LECTURES ON PSYCHOANALYSIS

    By: Freud, Sigmund
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    In these lectures, which he gave in 1915-16 and 1916-17 at the University of Vienna, Freud gradually brings his audience into the ambiance of psychoanalytic ideas. He begins with the subject of slips of various kinds, continues with the topic of dreams, and concludes with the more difficult subject matter of the neuroses. The lectures were a success when he delivered them and an even greater success in print.
    IPHIGENIA, PHAEDRA, ATHALIAH TR. CAIRNCROSS

    IPHIGENIA, PHAEDRA, ATHALIAH TR. CAIRNCROSS

    By: Racine, Jean
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    Three plays by Racine

    For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

    JOB: A NEW TRANSLATION TR. GREENSTEIN

    JOB: A NEW TRANSLATION TR. GREENSTEIN

    By: Greenstein, Edward L
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    This "bold new English translation" (Adam Kirsch, Wall Street Journal) of Job by one of the world's leading biblical scholars will reshape the way we read this canonical text

    "A work of erudition with . . . a revolutionary twist."--James Parker, Atlantic

    The book of Job has often been called the greatest poem ever written. The book, in Edward Greenstein's characterization, is "a Wunderkind, a genius emerging out of the confluence of two literary streams" which "dazzles like Shakespeare with unrivaled vocabulary and a penchant for linguistic innovation." Despite the text's literary prestige and cultural prominence, no English translation has come close to conveying the proper sense of the original. The book has consequently been misunderstood in innumerable details and in its main themes.

    Edward Greenstein's new translation of Job is the culmination of decades of intensive research and painstaking philological and literary analysis, offering a major reinterpretation of this canonical text. Through his beautifully rendered translation and insightful introduction and commentary, Greenstein presents a new perspective: Job, he shows, was defiant of God until the end. The book is more about speaking truth to power than the problem of unjust suffering.

    JUNIOR MATH MANUAL 2018-2019 edition

    JUNIOR MATH MANUAL 2018-2019 edition

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    KING LEAR

    KING LEAR

    By: Shakespeare, William
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    The acclaimed Pelican Shakespeare series, now in a dazzling new series design

    Winner of the 2016 AIGA + Design Observer 50 Books 50 Covers competition

    Gold Medal Winner of the 3x3 Illustration Annual No. 14

    This edition of King Lear presents a conflated text, combining the 1608 Quarto and 1623 Folio Texts, edited with an introduction by series editor Stephen Orgel and was recently repackaged with cover art by Manuja Waldia. Waldia received a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators for the Pelican Shakespeare series.

    The legendary Pelican Shakespeare series features authoritative and meticulously researched texts paired with scholarship by renowned Shakespeareans. Each book includes an essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare's time, an introduction to the individual play, and a detailed note on the text used. Updated by general editors Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller, these easy-to-read editions incorporate over thirty years of Shakespeare scholarship undertaken since the original series, edited by Alfred Harbage, appeared between 1956 and 1967. With stunning new covers, definitive texts, and illuminating essays, the Pelican Shakespeare will remain a valued resource for students, teachers, and theater professionals for many years to come.

    For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

    KING LEAR (Norton Critical Edition)

    KING LEAR (Norton Critical Edition)

    By: Shakespeare, William
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    "Sources" helps readers navigate King Lear's rich history and includes the nine essential primary sources from which Shakespeare borrowed significantly in creating his play, along with two additional likely sources.

    "Criticism"provides thirteen major critical interpretations and three provocative adaptations and responses to King Lear. Critical interpretation is provided by Samuel Johnson, Charles Lamb, Peter Brook, Michael Warren, Lynda E. Boose, Janet Adelman, and R. A. Foakes, among others. The adaptations and responses are by Nahum Tate, John Keats, and Edward Bond.

    A Selected Bibliography is also included.
    KING LEAR FOLGER

    KING LEAR FOLGER

    By: Shakespeare, William
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    The authoritative edition of King Lear from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers.

    Shakespeare's King Lear challenges us with the magnitude, intensity, and sheer duration of the pain that it represents. Its figures harden their hearts, engage in violence, or try to alleviate the suffering of others. Lear himself rages until his sanity cracks. What, then, keeps bringing us back to King Lear? For all the force of its language, King Lear is almost equally powerful when translated, suggesting that it is the story, in large part, that draws us to the play.

    The play tells us about families struggling between greed and cruelty, on the one hand, and support and consolation, on the other. Emotions are extreme, magnified to gigantic proportions. We also see old age portrayed in all its vulnerability, pride, and, perhaps, wisdom--one reason this most devastating of Shakespeare's tragedies is also perhaps his most moving.

    This edition includes:
    -Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play
    -Full 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 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 Folger.edu.

    KUKAI: MAJOR WORKS

    KUKAI: MAJOR WORKS

    By: Kūkai
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    Kukai, more commonly known by the honorific Kobo Daishi, was one of the great characters in the development of Janpanese culture. He was active in literature, engineering, calligraphy, and architecture and is represented in this work in terms of his major effort--the introduction of esoteric Buddhism from China, which resulted in the formation of the Shingou sect still active in Japan. Eight of his works are presented here.

    L'ORFEO ED. STEVENS

    L'ORFEO ED. STEVENS

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    (Music Sales America). An opera, from 1607, by Claudio Monteverdi and edited by Denis Stevens. This setting of the story of Orpheus and Euridice is for full renaissance/baroque orchestra.
    LANDMARK HERODOTUS: The Histories

    LANDMARK HERODOTUS: The Histories

    By: Herodotus
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    "The most densely annotated, richly illustrated, and user friendly edition" of the greatest classical work of history ever written (Daniel Mendelsohn, The New Yorker)--from the editor of the widely praised The Landmark Thucydides.

    Cicero called Herodotus the father of history, and his only work, The Histories, is considered the first true piece of historical writing in Western literature. With lucid prose, Herodotus's account of the rise of the Persian Empire and its dramatic war with the Greek city sates set a standard for narrative nonfiction that continues to this day. Illustrated, annotated, and filled with maps--with an introduction by Rosalind Thomas, twenty-one appendices written by scholars at the top of their fields, and a new translation by Andrea L. Purvis--The Landmark Herodotus is a stunning edition.

    LANDMARK THUCYDIDES

    LANDMARK THUCYDIDES

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    Thucydides called his account of two decades of war between Athens and Sparta "possession for all time, " and indeed it is the first and still most famous work in the Western historical tradition. Considered essential reading for generals, statesmen, and liberally educated citizens for more than 2,000 years, "The Peloponnesian War" is a mine of military, moral, political, and philosophical wisdom.
    LES FLEURS DU MAL

    LES FLEURS DU MAL

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    LEVIATHAN

    LEVIATHAN

    By: Hobbes, Thomas
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    During the time men live without a common Power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called Warre

    Written during the turmoil of the English Civil War, Leviathan is an ambitious and highly original work of political philosophy. Claiming that man's essential nature is competitive and selfish, Hobbes formulates the case for a powerful sovereign--or Leviathan--to enforce peace and the law, substituting security for the anarchic freedom he believed human beings would otherwise experience. This worldview shocked many of Hobbes's contemporaries, and his work was publicly burnt for sedition and blasphemy when it was first published. But in his rejection of Aristotle's view of man as a naturally social being, and in his painstaking analysis of the ways in which society can and should function, Hobbes opened up a whole new world of political science.

    Based on the original 1651 text, this edition incorporates Hobbes's own corrections, while also retaining the original spelling and punctuation, to read with vividness and clarity. C. B. Macpherson's introduction elucidates one of the most fascinating works of modern philosophy for the general reader.

    For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

    LEVIATHAN (Modernized Spelling)

    LEVIATHAN (Modernized Spelling)

    By: Hobbes, Thomas
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    Designed to meet the needs of both student and scholar, this edition of Leviathan offers a brilliant introduction by Edwin Curley, modernized spelling and punctuation of the text, and the inclusion, along with historical and interpretive notes, of the most significant variants between the English version of 1651 and the Latin version of 1668. A glossary of seventeenth-century English terms, and indexes of persons, subjects, and scriptural passages help make this the most thoughtfully conceived edition of Leviathan available.

    LEVIATHAN (modernized spelling) ed. TUCK

    LEVIATHAN (modernized spelling) ed. TUCK

    By: Hobbes, Thomas
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    Hobbes' Leviathan is arguably the greatest piece of political philosophy written in the English language. Since its first publication, Richard Tuck's edition of Leviathan has been recognized as the single most accurate and authoritative text, and for this revised edition Professor Tuck has provided a much-amplified and expanded introduction. Other vital study aids include an extensive guide to further reading, a note on textual matters, a chronology of important events and brief biographies of important persons mentioned in Hobbes' text.
    LEXICON OF THE HOMERIC DIALECT

    LEXICON OF THE HOMERIC DIALECT

    By: Cunliffe, Richard John
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    For nearly a century, Richard John Cunliffe's Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect has served as an invaluable resource for students and scholars of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. As both an English-Homeric dictionary and a concordance, the Lexicon lists and defines in English all instances of Greek words that appear in the two epics. Now, with the inclusion of Cunliffe's "Homeric Proper and Place Names"--a forty-two-page supplement to the Lexicon--this expanded edition will be even more useful to readers of Homer.
    In his original preface to the supplement, Cunliffe explained that proper and place names had to be excluded from the Lexicon "chiefly on the ground of expense." Although the Lexicon has enjoyed perennial popularity, scholars have long lamented the absence of "capitalized" name-forms in the Lexicon. By consolidating the two works into one handy single-volume format, this expanded edition fills the only gap in Cunliffe's indispensable reference.
    In his preface to the expanded edition, James H. Dee explains the benefits of uniting the two dictionaries. In addition, Dee provides a brief list of errata and a helpful key to Cunliffe's system of referencing the poems according to Greek letter.
    LEXICON TO PLATO'S MENO

    LEXICON TO PLATO'S MENO

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    LIDDELL AND SCOTT'S GREEK ENGLISH LEXICON ABRIDGED

    LIDDELL AND SCOTT'S GREEK ENGLISH LEXICON ABRIDGED

    By: Scott, Robert
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    This is the abridged version of 1909 edition, often called the "Little Liddell". Simon Wallenberg has enlarged the typeface for easier reading and except for this improvement the publishers have left the original work intact. A Greek-English Lexicon. is the standard lexicographical work of the Ancient Greek language. Based on the earlier Handwörterbuch der griechischen Sprache by the German lexicographer Franz Passow it has served as the basis for all later lexicographical work on the ancient Greek language. No student of Classical Greek or indeed New Testament Greek could possibly be without this Lexicon. Although it is an abridgement of a larger work, it is by no means incomplete and in some respects is a better option than the larger editions. If you study the New Testament Koine Greek, or study Classical Greek, this book will be invaluable to you. The entries are succinct yet informative, and each entry will tell you how a word has been used in different periods of Greek literature. Therefore, if one word has been employed in different uses in Homeric literature, compared to the New Testament, this Lexicon will let you know. This edition of the Liddell and Scott is a comprehensive lexicon of the classical Greek and remains the best lexicon for the New Testament, as the definitions offered in the Little Liddell are so precise you will rarely find them to be wrong. It was edited by Henry George Liddell and Robert Scott, It is now conventionally referred to as Liddell & Scott. The first editor of the LSJ, Henry George Liddell, was Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, and the father of Alice Liddell, the eponymous Alice of the writings of Lewis Carroll.
    LINCOLN DOUGLASS READINGS: Dred Scott V. Sandford; Lincoln speech on Dred Scott Decision 1857; Frederick Douglass: The Constitution of the U.S....

    LINCOLN DOUGLASS READINGS: Dred Scott V. Sandford; Lincoln speech on Dred Scott Decision 1857; Frederick Douglass: The Constitution of the U.S....

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    LOTUS SUTRA TR. WATSON

    LOTUS SUTRA TR. WATSON

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    Since its appearance in China in the third century, The Lotus Sutra has been regarded as one of the most illustrious scriptures in the Mahayana Buddhist canon. The object of intense veneration among generations of Buddhists in China, Korea, Japan, and other parts of the world, it has had a profound impact on the great works of Japanese and Chinese literature, attracting more commentary than any other Buddhist scripture.

    As Watson notes in the introduction to his remarkable translation, " The Lotus Sutra is not so much an integral work as a collection of religious texts, an anthology of sermons, stories, and devotional manuals, some speaking with particular force to persons of one type or in one set of circumstances, some to those of another type or in other circumstances. This is no doubt why it has had such broad and lasting appeal over the ages and has permeated so deeply into the cultures that have been exposed to it."

    LOTUS SUTRA: A CONTEMPORARY TRANSLATION

    LOTUS SUTRA: A CONTEMPORARY TRANSLATION

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    The Lotus Sutra is regarded as one of the world's great religious scriptures and most influential texts. It's a seminal work in the development of Buddhism throughout East Asia and, by extension, in the development of Mahayana Buddhism throughout the world. Taking place in a vast and fantastical cosmic setting, the Lotus Sutra places emphasis on skillfully doing whatever is needed to serve and compassionately care for others, on breaking down distinctions between the fully enlightened buddha and the bodhisattva who vows to postpone salvation until all beings may share it, and especially on each and every being's innate capacity to become a buddha.

    Gene Reeves's new translation appeals to readers with little or no familiarity with technical Buddhist vocabulary, as well as long-time practitioners and students. In addition, this remarkable volume includes the full threefold text of this classic.

    MACBETH

    MACBETH

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

    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 edition 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 Folger.edu.