The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare 1925 Macmillan Pocket Classic vintage hardback

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Condition: Acceptable: Signs of wear and consistent use. Dampstained along the bottom and right edge until page 21. Notes in pencil scattered throughout book. Previous owner's name wriiten inside front cover. See images for the condition of this book.

Blurb: After his ships and money are lost at sea, Antonio, a prominent Venetian merchant, cannot repay a loan to Shylock, the Jewish moneylender and long-suffering target of his ridicule. Antonio must rely on an unexpected source, Shakespeare’s first great heroine, to save his skin - quite literally - in this intriguing tale of love, law, mercy, and revenge.

The Merchant of Venice is perhaps best known for its controversial depiction of Shylock. Originally conceived as a bloodthirsty villain, Shylock has been later understood to be a far more sympathetic character who challenges cultural stereotypes while reminding audiences to look beyond the barrier of ethnocentricity.