Shakespeare and the Jews by James S. Shapiro

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Most educated readers are familiar with the sinister figure of Shylock in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, an anti-Semitic stereotype of the cunning, greedy, and ruthless Jewish man. But how did a stereotype like Shylock enter the literature at all, given that there were so few Jews in Shakespeare's England?

Columbia University Press: 1996.
ISBN: 9780231103442. 317 pp.
Hardcover. Very good.