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The Two Noble Kinsmen :  Penguin Shakespeare - Shakespeare William

The Two Noble Kinsmen

Penguin Shakespeare

By: Shakespeare William, N. W. Bawcutt (Editor), T. J. B. Spencer (Adapted By), Peter Swaab (Introduction by), Stanley Wells (Adapted By)

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'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.

Introduction: authorship
Critical reception
Shakespeare's late style
The Two Noble Kinsmen in performance
Note on text
List of characters
The play
Supplementary notes
Textual analysis
Appendix: The Two Noble Kinsmen: a performance chronology
Reading list
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780141017266
ISBN-10: 0141017260
Series: Penguin Shakespeare
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 194
Published: June 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.2 x 11.2  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1