Shakespeare's vivid dramatic projection of moral and ethical issues in Measure for Measure has given the play great appeal to both readers and theatergoers. Exploring the play's qualities as a complex work of art written specifically for the theater, the introduction to this new edition sets the play in its historical context, discussing the originality of Shakespeare's treatment of a well-known story. Bawcutt explains the obsolete marriage customs, and also offers a comprehensive account of the text's theatrical afterlife from Restoration adaptations to recent productions.
`The introduction is quite informative and sensible, the text accurate and handsome, the notes solicitous enough to sustain a beginning student and deep enough to support scholarly uses ... another good edition of the play: highly learned, handsome, accurate, and fair-minded.'
Robert N. Watson, Shakespeare Quarterly, Summer '93
'well-balanced, intelligent, and slightly detached from the play and its issues'
J.G. Saunders, Review of English Studies, Vol. 45, No. 177, Feb, 1994