9780140434545

Four Comedies : The Taming of the Shrew; A Midsummer Night's Dream; As You Like It; Twelfth Night

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  • ISBN13:

    9780140434545

  • ISBN10:

    0140434542

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1995-04-01
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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Summary

Shakespearean comedy has as much to do with the structure and movement of the drama as with the wit of its dialogue or the humour of its characters. In these four comedies there is a near-tragic crisis at which disaster or happiness may ensue, but the overriding force of goodwill and the power of understanding, love and generosity brings us through to a joyful conclusion. In comedy, 'sweet are the uses of adversity', so that the most bitter circumstances - exile, oppression, unrequited love - can give rise to higher feelings of friendship, respect, sympathy and acceptance. In this collection of Shakespeare's four most spirited comedies, each text comes complete with notes and an introduction, making this edition of particular value to students, scholars and theatre-goers.

Table of Contents

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
Introduction
5(34)
Further Reading
39(4)
An Account of the Text
43(12)
The Taming of the Shrew
55(147)
The Sly Scenes in `A Shrew'
202(5)
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Introduction
207(27)
Further Reading
234(2)
An Account of the Text
236(9)
A Midsummer Night's Dream
245(104)
AS YOU LIKE IT
Introduction
349(32)
Further Reading
381(3)
An Account of the Text
384(7)
The Songs
391(6)
As You Like It
397(120)
TWELFTH NIGHT
Introduction
517(29)
Further Reading
546(3)
An Account of the Text
549(7)
The Songs
556(9)
Twelfth Night
565

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