By Stanley Cavell
Reissued with a brand new preface and a brand new essay on Macbeth, King Lear, Othello, Coriolanius, Hamlet and The Winter's story, this well-known choice of essays on Shakespeare's tragedies considers the performs as responses to the challenge of data and the emergence of contemporary skepticism.
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