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Twelfth Night or What You Will

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ISBN-10: 0521296331

ISBN-13: 9780521296335

Edition: 1985

Authors: William Shakespeare, Story Donno Elizabeth, A. R. Braunmuller, Brian Gibbons

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Professor Donno's fully annotated edition, based on the Folio text, explains Shakespeare's language in its sixteenth -century social and dramatic context. The introduction emphasises the play's Illyrian setting, a locale that distances the mad actions of the romantic lovers and the comic Sir Toby with his crew from the real world where the wind blows and the rain falls, The play's major themes and characters are defined against their counterparts in Shakespeare's sources and against later parodies or plot adaptations. An illustrated history of the play's fortunes on stage pays particular attention to the part of Malvolio, whether he is played as tragic, burlesque or 'straight'. The…    
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/10/1985
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 174
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

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,…    

List of illustrations
Abbreviations and conventions
The play's sources
Imaginary geography and stage space
Puritans and Clowns
Time, chance, and the poetry of romance
Myths and metamorphosis
Gender, sexuality, and the stage
Stage history
Note on the text
List of characters
The Play
Textual analysis
Reading list