Four Comedies

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Penguin, 1994 - Drama - 678 pages
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Shakespearean comedy has as much to do with the structure and movement of the drama as with the wit of its dialogue or the humour of its characters. In these four comedies there is a near-tragic crisis at which disaster or happiness may ensue, but the overriding force of goodwill and the power of understanding, love and generosity brings us through to a joyful conclusion. In comedy, 'sweet are the uses of adversity', so that the most bitter circumstances - exile, oppression, unrequited love - can give rise to higher feelings of friendship, respect, sympathy and acceptance. In this collection of Shakespeare's four most spirited comedies, each text comes complete with notes and an introduction, making this edition of particular value to students, scholars and theatre-goers.
 

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Contents

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
3
Introduction
5
Further Reading
39
An Account of the Text
43
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
55
The Sly Scenes in A Shrew
202
A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM
205
Introduction
207
Introduction
349
Further Reading
381
An Account of the Text
384
The Songs
391
AS YOU LIKE IT
397
TWELFTH NIGHT
515
Introduction
517
Further Reading
546

Further Reading
234
An Account of the Text
236
A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM
245
AS YOU LIKE IT
347
An Account of the Text
549
The Songs
556
TWELFTH NIGHT
565
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William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was born to John Shakespeare and mother Mary Arden some time in late April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. He wrote about 38 plays (the precise number is uncertain), a collection of sonnets and a variety of other poems.

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