Comedies, vol. 2

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Knopf, Apr 16, 1996 - Drama - 960 pages
3 Reviews
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Shakespeare’s later comedies were written at the astonishing pace of about two plays a year. In them, he moves beyond the farce of his earlier comedies to richer and more varied dramas. These range from the famous “problem plays,” which blend humor with tragedy, to the idyllic romances set in such timeless locales as the Forest of Arden. They contain some of his wittiest and most memorable characters, from cross-dressing heroines, bantering lovers, and wisecracking fools to the villainous but sympathetic Shylock and the boisterous and bawdy Falstaff.

This volume contains The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Measure for Measure. The authoritatively edited text of the plays is supplemented with footnotes, bibliographies, a detailed chronology of Shakespeare’s life and times, and a substantial introduction in which Tony Tanner discusses each play individually and in the context of Shakespeare’s work.

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Review: Comedies, Vol. 2 (The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, All's Well That Ends Well, and Measure for Measure) (Everyman's Library)

User Review  - Jabari Binder - Goodreads

A little confused from Shakespearean writing, but after reading it aloud a few times over, I think I've actually understood it, and placed my own humor in what I still could not comprehend. I like reading classical themed books, which have a more vivid tone and drama in them. Read full review

Review: Comedies, Vol. 2 (The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, All's Well That Ends Well, and Measure for Measure) (Everyman's Library)

User Review  - Tamara - Goodreads

From this book, I have read Twelfth Night which was okay. I then read my two favorite Shakespeare comedies, Merchant of Venice and Much Ado About Nothing. I enjoyed both these comedies and plan to teach at least one of them at the start of the year to 7th graders! Read full review

Contents

The Merchant of Venice
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The Merry Wives of Windsor
xl
Much Ado About Nothing
liv
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About the author (1996)

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in 1564. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. We're pretty sure he would think this version of his play is awesome.