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Measure for Measure

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ISBN-10: 0521670780

ISBN-13: 9780521670784

Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)

Authors: William Shakespeare, Brian Gibbons, Angela Stock, A. R. Braunmuller

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Since the rediscovery of Elizabethan stage conditions early this century, admiration for Measure for Measure has steadily risen. It is now a favourite with the critics and has attracted widely different styles of performance. At one extreme, the play is seen as a religious allegory; at the other, it has been interpreted as a comedy protesting against power and privilege. Brian Gibbons focuses on the unique tragi-comic experience of watching the play, the intensity and excitement offered by its dramatic rhythm, the reversals and surprises which shock the audience even to the end. His introduction considers how the play's critical reception and stage history have varied according to…    
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Book details

List price: $11.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/6/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 234
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
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
Acknowledgements
Preface
List of abbreviations and conventions
Introduction
Date
Puritanism, political allusion and censorship
The sources and their shaping
The play
The play on the stage
Note on the text
List of characters
The play
Textual analysis
Reading list