William Shakespeare The Two Gentlemen of Verona PDF

William Shakespeare The Two Gentlemen of Verona PDF

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The world s leading center for Shakespeare studies Each edition includes printed version of the play Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play Scene by scene plot summaries A key to famous lines and phrases An introduction to reading Shakespeare s language An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on t The world s leading center for Shakespeare studies Each edition includes printed version of the play Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play Scene by scene plot summaries A key to famous lines and phrases An introduction to reading Shakespeare s language An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library s vast holdings of rare books Essay by Jeffrey MastenThe Two Gentlemen of Verona is commonly agreed to be Shakespeare s first comedy, and probably his first play A comedy built around the confusions of doubling, cross dressing, and identity, it is also a play about the ideal of male friendship and what happens to those friendships when men fall in love.William Carroll s engaging introduction focuses on the traditions and sources that stand behind the play and explores Shakespeare s unique and bold treatment of them Carroll first explores the early modern discourse of male friendship and relates it to the play s unsettling ending Special attention is given to the strong female figure of Julia and the controversial final scene He goes on to discuss various other relevant topics the influence of the Prodigal Son story on the play, the problem of using a boy in drag for the first time in a Shakespearean comedy to depict Julia, and Shakespeare s debt to Ovid and John Lyly in using the theme of metamorphosis Next, the editor explores the use of letters the portrayal and breed of Crab, the play s infamous dog the complex geography of the story and the play s dramaturgy Carroll concludes with an extensive look at the play s theatrical and critical afterlife, and a discussion of the original text and date This edition of The Two Gentlemen of Verona also includes one appendix a casting chart , and a list of abbreviations and references.The Arden Shakespeare has developed a reputation as the pre eminent critical edition of Shakespeare for its exceptional scholarship, reflected in the thoroughness of each volume An introduction comprehensively contextualizes the play, chronicling the history and culture that surrounded and influenced Shakespeare at the time of its writing and performance, and closely surveying critical approaches to the work Detailed appendices address problems like dating and casting, and analyze the differing Quarto and Folio sources A full commentary by one or of the play s foremost contemporary scholars illuminates the text, glossing unfamiliar terms and drawing from an abundance of research and expertise to explain allusions and significant background information Highly informative and accessible, Arden offers the fullest experience of Shakespeare available to a reader

Title : The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Author :  William Shakespeare
Language : English
Isbn : 0671722956
Format : Paperback
Pages : 304 pages

Rating: 4.2

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