The Tragedy of Macbeth (commonly called Macbeth) is a play written by William Shakespeare. It is considered one of his darkest and most powerful tragedies. Set in Scotland, the play dramatizes the corroding psychological and political effects produced when its protagonist, the Scottish lord Macbeth, chooses evil as the way to fulfill his ambition for power. He commits regicide to become king and then furthers his moral descent with a reign of murderous terror to stay in power, eventually plunging the country into civil war. In the end he loses everything that gives meaning and purpose to his life before losing his life itself.
Written by William Shakespeare between 1599 and 1606 (it is believed) it is his shortest tragedy.
Edited by Sir Edmund K Chambers, KBE, CB, MA, D Litt, Sometime Scholar of Corpus Christi College, Oxford
This copy is in the series The Warwick Shakespeare, and contains many notes, 7 appendices, an essay on metre, a glossary, and an index of words.
There are many pen-written notes by a previous owner of this book