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The Merry Wives of Windsor : The Arden Shakespeare, Third Series - William Shakespeare

The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Arden Shakespeare, Third Series

Paperback Published: March 2009
ISBN: 9781904271123
Number Of Pages: 364

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The Merry Wives of Windsor, Shakespeare's only thoroughly English comedy, created an archetypal literary figure in the shape of the devious, irrepressible John Falstaff. This stimulating new edition celebrates the play as a joyous exploration of language, but also places elements of its plot firmly in a continental, specifically Italian, tradition of romantic comedy. It draws out the complexities of Merry Wives as a multi-plot play, and takes a fresh and challenging look at both textual and dating issues; a facsimile of the first Quarto is included as an appendix. The play's extensive performance history, both dramatic and operatic, is fully explored and discussed.`This is a significant and substantive edition, in that nothing has been taken for granted, everything has been opened to reconsideration. The commentary is exceptionally detailed and attentive to questions of language and meaning.'John Jowett, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, Shakespeare Quarterly.

About the Authors

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.

"This is a significant and substantive edition, in that nothing has been taken for granted, everything has been opened to reconsideration. The commentary is exceptionally detailed and attentive to questions of language and meaning."--"Shakespeare Quarterly " "This is a significant and substantive edition, in that nothing has been taken for granted, everything has been opened to reconsideration. The commentary is exceptionally detailed and attentive to questions of language and meaning." --Shakespeare Quarterly This is a significant and substantive edition, in that nothing has been taken for granted, everything has been opened to reconsideration. The commentary is exceptionally detailed and attentive to questions of language and meaning. Shakespeare Quarterly"

List of illustrations
General editors preface
Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction
The English comedy and the comedy of English The comedy of language(s) and the Latin lesson Translating
Italian into English
Falstaffs ancestry and the comedy of humours Garter comedy date, occasion and Falstaffs metamorphosis
Quarto and Folio memorial reconstruction and acting version
Unconformities and comical satire
Structural unconformities and time gaps three versions of Merry Wives
Time and structure in the Folio Time and structure in the Quarto
The third narrative strand Critical attitudes and stage life the music of Merry Wives
Casting and doubling Early performance and adaptation
The emergence of Falstaffs music
The late nineteenth century Falstaff in the twentieth century
This text: editorial procedures and conventions Sir John Falstaff and the Merry Wives of Windsor
The First Quarto (1602)
Abbreviations and references
Index
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ISBN: 9781904271123
ISBN-10: 190427112X
Series: Arden Shakespeare
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: March 2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 3