'Might not a man well lose himself and love her?'
Childhood friends Palamon and Arcite are jailed in Atehns for their part in the terrible war with Thebes. When they glimpse the beautiful Emilia from a prison window, both men immediately fall in love. Out of jail, the two old friends are swiftly set against one another, and the battle for Emilia's heart may claim more than one casualty.
This book includes a general introduction to Shakespeare's life and the Elizabethan theatre, a separate introduction to The Two Noble Kinsmen and its themes, a chronology, suggestions for further reading, an essay by Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells on the staging of the play, and a commentary.
About the Author
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was born in Stratford-upon-Avon where his father was a prosperous glover. His early life is obscure, but he married Anne Hathaway in 1682 with whom he had two children. By 1592 he was establishing himself in London, and over the next twenty years he wrote thirty-seven plays-and contributed to many more-was a prolific poet, and was taken up by several influential patrons. His Sonnets were first printed in 1609 by George Eld for Thomas Thorpe. The identity of Mr. W.H. to whom the Sonnets are dedicated remains a mystery, as does the identity of the aristocratic youth in the Sonnets and the enigmatic Dark Lady.
|Shakespeare's late style|
|The Two Noble Kinsmen in performance|
|Note on text|
|List of characters|
|Appendix: The Two Noble Kinsmen: a performance chronology|
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Series: New Penguin Shakespeare Ser.
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: June 2006
Dimensions (cm): 18.1 x 11.1 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.179