The Comedy of Errors

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Oxford University Press, 2003 - Drama - 232 pages
A Comedy of Errors is Shakespeare's shortest play yet one of his most popular comedies. Here is a new modern-spelling edition, based on the 1623 Folio text with on-page commentary and notes that explain meaning, staging, language and allusions. A detailed and informative introduction describes the play's first performance at Gray's Inn in December 1594, its multiple sources and its uneven critical and theatrical history. Appendices include the complete text of the play's main source, Plautus' Menaechmi, and extracts from Gesta Grayorum and the Geneva Bible.
Illustrated with production photographs and related art, this edition vividly brings to life Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors.
"Not simply a better text but a new conception of Shakespeare. This is a major achievement of twentieth-century scholarship."--Times Literary Supplement
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
the text
10
Sources and analogues
17
William Warner
21
Plautus Amphitruo
25
Gower or Twine?
27
Acts and Ephesians
37
Farce City Comedy and Romance
42
Editorial Procedures
81
Abbreviations and references
82
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
87
Proverbial language in The Comedy of Errors
181
Extracts from Gesta Grayorum 1688
183
Plautus Menaechmi William Warners 1595 translation
188
Extracts from Acts and Ephesians The Geneva Bible 1560
221
Index
225

Four centuries of Errors on the page and on the stage
59

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About the author (2003)

Charles Whitworth is a Professor of English Literature and Director, Centre for English Renaissance Studies, Universite Paul Valery.

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