Measure for Measure Texts and Contexts

ISBN-10: 031239506X
ISBN-13: 9780312395063
Edition: 2004
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Description: This edition of Shakespeare’sMeasure for Measurereprints the Bevington edition of the play accompanied by four sets of thematically arranged primary documents and illustrations designed to facilitate many different approaches to Shakespeare’s play  More...

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List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 5/28/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

This edition of Shakespeare’sMeasure for Measurereprints the Bevington edition of the play accompanied by four sets of thematically arranged primary documents and illustrations designed to facilitate many different approaches to Shakespeare’s play and the early modern culture out of which the play emerges. The texts include royal proclamations, speeches, court records, sermons, biographical writings, prayers, ballads, poetry, excerpts from plays and the Bible, and drawings, woodcuts, and engravings. These documents contextualize the role of rulers and government in Jacobean society, crime and punishment in London’s underworld, the religious and secular laws that regulated marriage and sexuality, Catholic and Puritan morality, and the religious and cultural significance of chastity and virginity in Shakespeare’s time. Editorial features designed to help students read the play in light of the historical documents include an intelligent and engaging general introduction, introductions to each thematic group of documents, thorough headnotes and glosses for the primary documents (presented in modern spelling), and an extensive bibliography.

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.

William Shakespeare, Measure for measure
Cultural Contexts
Governance
The King James version of Measure for measure
Divine right of kings and absolutism
Machiavelli
Anxiety
Resistance
Slander
From The true law of the free monarchies
From Basilikon Doron
From The adventures of Brusanus, Prince of Hungary
From The prince
From The first sermon upon the Lord's prayer
From A dialogue concerning the due privilege of government in the Kingdom of Scotland
From The prince, or Maxims of state
From A speech delivered to the king's most excellent majesty, in the name of the sheriffs of London and Middlesex
Epigram 35. to King James
From The phoenix
Marriage, sex, and society
Marriage a la mode
Understanding Isabella
Chastity and eloquence
Mariana and the play's resolution of women's rights
From The law's resolution of women's rights
From Christian economy
From A treatise of spousals
Of matrimony
A selection of court cases concerned with sex
From A book of Christian prayers
From Instruction of a Christian woman
From The Lord's Sermon on the Mount
From The story of Epitia
From The book of the city of ladies
From The nun's rule
From The life and legend of the Lady Saint Clare
The underworld
Social and moral geography
Prostitution, pox, and plague
From The survey of London
From Lantern and candlelight
From Epigrams
Proclamation against inmates
From A caveat for common cursitors
From Anatomy of abuses
The fair beggar
From The Dutch courtesan
From Trail of a procurer
From The counter's commonwealth
The prisoners' petition
The song of a constable
Geography and religion
Puritanism
From the Geneva Bible
From An itinerary
The Catholics' supplication
From An answer unto the Catholics' supplication
From News from Rome, Venice, and Vienna
Letter to the King of Bohemia
Letter from Vienna

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