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

The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Arden Shakespeare, Third Series

Hardcover Published: 23rd December 1999
ISBN: 9781904271116
Number Of Pages: 368

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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.

List of illustrations
General editors preface
Preface and acknowledgements
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
Appendix: The First Quarto (1602)
Abbreviations and references
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781904271116
ISBN-10: 1904271111
Series: Arden Shakespeare
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 23rd December 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.74
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised