A gamble on trading ships at sea, a pound of flesh as the penalty, a contest to win the hand of a rich heiress, and the final rescue in a court of law--The Merchant of Venice has all the ingredients required which make it one of Shakespeare's most dramatic romantic comedies.
Antonio is the merchant of Venice who borrows money to help his friend Bassanio win Portia in marriage. He borrows the money from Shylock, a shrewd moneylender who devises a retribution unprecedented in the annals of law...
...till a young lawyer defeats him in his own game. Who is this young lawyer? What is the clinching argument? The Merchant of Venice is memorable as much for its dramatic scenes as for its strong characters, all of which remain etched in the mind long after the story has been read.
About the Author
William Shakespeare (1564 1616), English poet and dramatist of the Elizabethan and early Jacobean period, is the most widely known author in all of English literature and often considered the greatest. He was an active member of a theater company for at least twenty years, during which time he wrote many great plays. Plays were not prized as literature at the time, and Shakespeare was not widely read until the middle of the eighteenth century, when a great upsurge of interest in his works began that continues today.
Vinod Kumar is a software developer and author from Chennai, India. Having a strong background in Visual Basic, COM, and ASP, he now works on .NET technologies. He runs a website, www.dotnetforce.com, that provides articles, tutorials, and demos on .NET technologies. He also writes for other popular websites.
John F. McDonald is professor emeritus of economics and finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently he serves as editor of the Journal of Real Estate Literature. He has been a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Urban Economics since 1989 and was president of the Illinois Economic Association.
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