- Author: William Shakespeare
- Copyright: Public domain
- Published in: 1598
- Word count: 21,932 words (≈ about 1 hour)
The Merchant of Venice is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1596 and 1598. Although classified as a comedy in the First Folio, and while it shares certain aspects with Shakespeare's other romantic comedies, the play is perhaps more remembered for its dramatic scenes, and is best known for the character of Shylock.