The Two Noble Kinsmen

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Jan 1, 2006 - Drama - 352 pages
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This is Shakespeare's last dramatic work. The two noble kinsmen are cousins who swear a vow of friendship until death. King Theseus of Athens leads an invasion against Thebes and returns to Athens with the two cousins who both fall in love with Princess Emilia, Theseus' sister-in-law. Both become rivals for Emilia's hand arousing the wrath of Theseus. The story is adorned by interesting twists and climax. Worth reading!
  

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User Review  - Leslie - Goodreads

Better than expected. I listened to a performance on audible and it was well done. Better than reading it fir the first time. Now I am excited to see a live performance Read full review

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User Review  - sologdin - Goodreads

as with Troilus and Cressida, this is a story taken from Chaucer. I happen to prefer the Chaucerian version in both cases, but this one should be required reading, too. Read full review

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Contents

Actus Primus
1
Thebs
27
Before the gates of Athens
40
A field before Thebes Dead bodies lying on the ground
51
Another part of the same
57
Athens A garden with a prison in the background
59
The prison
65
The country near Athens
101
Same as Scene I
148
Another part of the forest
158
Another part of the forest
161
Same as Scene III
179
Actus Quartus
218
A Room in the Palace
240
A room in the prison
258
Actus Quintus
265

Athens A room in the prison
112
An open place in Athens
116
Before the prison
126
Actus Tertius
130
Another Part of the forest
144
A darkened Room in the Prison
284
A Place near the Lists
303
The same a Block prepared
320
EPILOGVE
336

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William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare towers over all other English writers and has few rivals in any language. His genius and creativity continue to astound scholars, and his plays continue to delight audiences. Many have served as the basis for operas, ballets, musical compositions, and films. While Jonson and other writers labored over their plays, Shakespeare seems to have had the ability to turn out work of exceptionally high caliber at an amazing speed. At the height of his career, he wrote an average of two plays a year as well as dozens of poems, songs, and possibly even verses for tombstones and heraldic shields, all while he continued to act in the plays performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This staggering output is even more impressive when one considers its variety. Except for the English history plays, he never wrote the same kind of play twice. He seems to have had a good deal of fun in trying his hand at every kind of play. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, all published on 1609, most of which were dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothsley, The Earl of Southhampton. He also wrote 13 comedies, 13 histories, 6 tragedies, and 4 tragecomedies. He died at Stratford-upon-Avon April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. His cause of death was unknown, but it is surmised that he knew he was dying.

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