Jew of Malta (New Mermaid Series)

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9780393900705: Jew of Malta (New Mermaid Series)

New Mermaids are modernized and fully-annotated editions of classic English plays. Each volume includes:

The playtext, in modern spelling, edited to the highest bibliographical and textual standards
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David Bevington is Phyllis Fay Horton Professor in the Humanities, at the University of Chicago.

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(in full The Famous Tragedy of the Rich Jew of Malta) Five-act tragedy in blank verse by Christopher Marlowe, produced about 1590 and published in 1633. In order to raise tribute demanded by the Turks, Ferneze, the Christian governor of Malta, seizes half the property of all Jews living on Malta. When Barabas, a wealthy Jewish merchant, protests, his entire estate is confiscated. Seeking revenge on his enemies, Barabas plots their destruction, but in the end he is betrayed and dies the death he had planned for his enemies. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

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