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William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) is the most influential writer in English history. Shakespeare has been called The Barb of Avon and England's national poet. There are 2 narrative poems, 154 sonnets and 38 plays in his collected works. He began work as an actor and writer in London first writing comedies and historic plays. He later wrote tragedies. Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Othello are some of his more famous plays. Measure for Measure was written around 1603 and is considered to be one of Shakespeare's problem plays. When Vincentio leaves the city government in the hands of judge Angelo the laws against fornication, which had been loosely enforced would now be more strictly observed. When a young couple is caught expecting a child out of wedlock the man is sentenced to death. Vincentio is disguised as a friar to spy on the doings in his city and aids in a plan to stop Angelo.
Table of Contents
|List of Illustrations|
|The Text of Measure for Measure|
|A Note on the Text|
|Giraldi Cinthio: From Hecatommithi|
|From The Tragedy of Epitia|
|From Promos and Cassandra|
|From Basilikon Doron [The King's Gift]|
|From The Second Part of Too Good to Be True|
|From The Adventures of Brusanus|
|From Preface to The Works of Shakespear|
|From Shakespear Illustrated|
|From Preface to The Plays of William Shakespeare and Comments on Measure for Measure|
|From Remarks on Measure for Measure|
|From Characters of Shakespear's Plays|
|From Table Talk|
|From Literary Remains|
|The Problem: Plays and Measure for Measure|
|From Shakespearean Tragedy|
|From The Wheel of Fire|
|The Date of Measure for Measure|
|From The Problem of Measure for Measure|
|Transgression and Surveillance in Measure for Measure|
|From The Patriarchal Bard: Feminist Criticism and Shakespeare: King Lear and Measure for Measure|
|The Duke in Measure for Measure|
|From The Bed-Trick in English Renaissance Drama|
|Adaptations and Responses|
|From The Law against Lovers|
|From Measure for Measure, or, Beauty the Best Advocate|
|From Measure for Measure|
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