The merchant of venice is a 16th century comedic play by william shakespeare in which a merchant in venice must default on a large loan provided by a jewish moneylender. The merchant of venice the annotated shakespeare william shakespeare burton raffel harold bloom on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers in this lively comedy of love and money in sixteenth century venice bassanio wants to impress the wealthy heiress portia but lacks the necessary funds he turns to his merchant friend. Though originally marketed as a romance and a comedy the merchant of venice is read today as a controversial example of anti semitism written in 1596 the play features a cast of christian characters poised against shylock a jewish moneylender. The merchant of venice is a tragic comedy by william shakespeare believed to have been written between 1596 and 1598 though classified as a comedy in the first folio and sharing certain aspects . This bar code number lets you verify that youre getting exactly the right version or edition of a book the 13 digit and 10 digit formats both work
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