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Much Ado about Nothing

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ISBN-10: 0553213016

ISBN-13: 9780553213010

Edition: Movie Tie-In 

Authors: William Shakespeare, David Bevington, David Scott Kastan, James Hammersmith, Robert Kean Turner

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Set in a courtly world of masked revels and dances, this play turns on the archetypal story of a lady falsely accused of unfaithfulness, spurned by her bridegroom, and finally vindicated and reunited with him. Villainy, schemes, and deceits threaten to darken the brilliant humor and sparkling wordplay–but the hilarious counterplot of a warring couple, Beatrice and Benedick, steals the scene as the two are finally tricked into admitting their love for each other in Shakespeare’s superb comedy of manners. Each Edition Includes: • Comprehensive explanatory notes • Vivid introductions and the most up-to-date scholarship • Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary…    
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Book details

List price: $5.95
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/1/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.242
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,…    

HYAM PLUTZIK (1911-1962) was the Deane Professor of Rhetoric and Poetry at the University of Rochester. The author of six volumes of poetry, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1961. DAVID SCOTT KASTAN is the George M. Bodman Professor of English at Yale University and one of the most widely read of American literary scholars.

List of Illustrations
General Introduction
Much Ado About Nothing and the Romantic Comedies
Date
Sources
The Title
Place and Setting
Organizing the Dramatis Personae
Lovers
Brothers
Gentlewomen, Conspirators, and Others
Plot Construction
Act, Scene, and Pace
Contrasts and Links between Scenes
Local Effects
Stage History
From Text to Prompt-Book
Some Problems of Staging
Some Recent Directions
Textual Introduction
'Staying' and Publication
Setting the Text
'Ghosts'
Speech-Prefixes
Entrances and Exits
The Play in Folio
Editorial Procedures
Abbreviations and References
Much Ado About Nothing
Appendix: Music, Song, and Dance
Index