All's Well That Ends Well: Second Series

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Cengage Learning EMEA, Oct 12, 1967 - Drama - 152 pages
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G. K. Hunterwas Founding Professor of English Literature at Warwick University and Emily Sanford Professor of English at Yale University. His publications include editions ofKing LearandMacbethfor The Penguin Shakespeare,English Drama 1586-1642: The Age of Shakespeare, andDramatic Identities and Cultural Tradition: Studies in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries. He also wroteJohn Lyly: The Humanist as Courtier, widely regarded as the best critical study of Lyly.

The editor’s introduction includes extensive discussion of the text, date, and source of the play. That the play is only found in 1623’s First Folio makes dating it difficult; in his attempt to do so, Wilson uses previous scholarship, including hypotheses that the play was once calledLove’s Labour’s Won, and compares the play to 1604’sMeasure for Measure. A critical introduction of the play first lays out its structure and themes, then discusses the problematic roles of Bertram, Parolles, and Helena, and finally examines the play’s unity (or lack thereof). Following the text ofAll’s Well That Ends Wellis an appendix, “Giletta of Narbona” by William Painter, a probable source of the play.

The Arden Shakespearehas developed a reputation as the pre-eminent critical edition of Shakespeare for its exceptional scholarship, reflected in the thoroughness of each volume. An introduction comprehensively contextualizes the play, chronicling the history and culture that surrounded and influenced Shakespeare at the time of its writing and performance, and closely surveying critical approaches to the work. Detailed appendices address problems like dating and casting, and analyze the differing Quarto and Folio sources. A full commentary by one or more of the play’s foremost contemporary scholars illuminates the text, glossing unfamiliar terms and drawing from an abundance of research and expertise to explain allusions and significant background information. Highly informative and accessible, Arden offers the fullest experience of Shakespeare available to a reader.


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It was okay but the plot line could have been better - Goodreads
It's an awful ending, contrived and abrupt. - Goodreads
A somewhat slow plot. - Goodreads
At least the writing in Romeo and Juliet had substance. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Susan Taylor - Goodreads

I read this play after reading the story in Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare. I always enjoy the complicated situations Shakespeare's characters get into, and how they extricate themselves from them. I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Boni - Goodreads

William Shakespeare based this play on one of the stories of Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron. This is one of problem plays of Shakespeare. Critics cannot classify whether this is a comedy or tragedy ... Read full review

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2 The Date
3 The Source
4 Critical Introduction
5 The Verse
Giletta of Narbona the thirtyeight novel of William Painters The Palace of Pleasure

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William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English dramatist, poet, and actor, generally regarded as the greatest playwright of all time.

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