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 was born in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. His father, John Shakespeare, was a store owner and a farmer, and at one point, also served as the town's mayor. William was the third of eight children. He was married to Anne Hathaway who was eight years older than himself. They had three children: Susanna (1583), and twins Hamnet and Judith (1585). Shakespeare wrote 36 plays, 154 Sonnets and two narrative poems. He died on April 23, 1616, and was buried at Trinity Church in Stratford, England.
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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