The Real Macbeth How Shakespeare Intended
By William Shakespeare, Annotated by Demitra Papadinis
McFarland, $35.00, 426 pages
The Tragedie of Macbeth: A Frankly Annotated First Folio Edition by William Shakespeare, annotated by Demitre Papadinis moves line by line through Macbeth, following the story of the fated Scottish general who becomes king through his dark deeds and lives to become haunted by his past, slowly becoming mad with his ghosts.
Who knew Shakespeare could be so crude? This is a fast paced and intriguing edition, offering up insights on what Shakespeare actually meant word by word. Papadinis takes us back to the original Shakespeare, helping us to understand the language and the culture, often giving us examples of how a Shakespearean audience would have reacted to a particular line. This is a must read for anyone who hasn’t studied Shakespeare in depth. Papadinis, through meticulous research, helps us understand just how depraved and crude Shakespeare was, bringing him back to the gutter that so many editors tried to pull him out of. She is helping to end the disinformation campaign that so many producers and editors have fed us regarding Shakespeare’s supposed “high-brow-ness”.
Reviewed by Nicole Green