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Love's Labour's Lost (Arden Shakespeare: Third Series) Paperback – June 25, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-1904271109 ISBN-10: 1904271103 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare; 3rd edition (June 25, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904271103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904271109
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With the publication of Woudhuysen's Arden 3 edition, the magisterial study of the play that will energize a new generation of readers and directors has now arrived."—Eric Rasmussen, University of Nevada at Reno, Shakespeare Survey

Book Description

John Dover Wilson's New Shakespeare, published between 1921 and 1966, became the classic Cambridge edition of Shakespeare's plays and poems until the 1980s. The series, long since out-of-print, is now reissued. Each work contains a lengthy and lively introduction, main text, and substantial notes and glossary. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This merry play is a delight for its language.
Craig Matteson
Folger's editions are a handy second to the Arden and we try to buy one each for each play.
John E. "Jeb" Bishop
Berowne gives several speeches on love and life and learning which are soaringly beautiful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
This merry play is a delight for its language. It has more a situation than a plot. The King has sworn himself and three attendants to three years of fasting, abstinence from women, study, and little sleep. Immediately a princess arrives with her attendants that cause the men to regret their oaths. Letters are written, delivered incorrectly, and a huge final scene with disguises, masks, and a wonderfully strange presentation of some of the nine worthies. All of this provides a structure for a rich play of language that is full of wit and bawdy.

This edition has a lengthy introductory essay that helps understand the issues of the text, the historical context, and performance practice issues. The notes are wonderfully helpful in understanding the text and what choices the editors had to make in presenting it. After the play is an essay just on the text of the play, appendix 2 has additional lines that this edition leaves out of the play, appendix 3 discusses Moth's name.

The issue around Moth is that in Elizabethan times Moth would likely have been pronounced more like Mott than our soft th. And the word mote and moth were roughly interchangeable. The name of the insect and the word for a small particle meant roughly the same thing. It is a nice issue to be aware of and the essay is helpful.

Appendix 4 lists words that are rhymed in this play - often a revelation to the way words were pronounced 400 years ago. Appendix 5 lists the compound words, many of them minted in this play.

All in all, this edition is a happy experience of a very fun play.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
this is witty play about four guys who vow to sequester themselves for three years in serious study, but who are forced to forswear their vows when four attractive women show up and upset their plans. the humor is mainly in the form of wordplay, as only shakespeare can do, and the verbal jousting between berowne and his lady is especially entertaining, and anticipates the tete-a-tetes between petruchio and katherina in "taming of a shrew" and benedick and beatrice in "much ado about nothing". definitely worth a read, and if you can get it, the bbc television production of LLL is also worth seeing. last of all, i disagree with the other poster who complained of the ending. i thought it was pretty clear that the couples would get together in a year's time. so the ending was implicitly happy. only someone who is accustomed to instant gratification could find fault with it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Neri on January 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
Love's Labour's Lost by William Shakespeare is in all probability composed of many inside jokes and the cast of characters may have had attributes or characteristics and maybe even been burlesqued in the play as caricatures of the very people who were viewing it. People like the Earl of Southampton and John Florio, among others. The Spaniard's name "Armado" is likely a jest on the recently sunk Spanish "Armada" and Asimov muses that this charactor is like a sketch of the famous Don Quiote with his commoner servant, named "Moth", having much more wit and sense than the padantic Armado which Cervantes may heve copied, however improbable; this play is likely written 6 years before Don Quiote. Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare: A Guide to Understanding and Enjoying the Works of Shakespeare.

The central idea is what is learning? (The Earl of Southampton, who the play was likely intended for was very interested in learning and in education of all England). Is learning meant to produce a man like Holoferness who can barely be understood by the common man? Is learning for learning sake like light shining on light for no real overall gain but to be blind in it, like Holoferness. Or, as suggested, is the man who possesses the learning, and his actions, the measure of the worth of learning. Is learning to be found in doing and in nature and in woo-ing? Indeed, the master of words and word smithery symbolically smashes his guitar, cuts his ear off, throws his paints against the wall in comic anger at the very realization of the limits of words to pierce the soul and the essence of being.
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We attend the festival every year. The plays, this year King John, Love's Labour's Lost and The Tempest, are best enjoyed if you've done your homework first. Arden Editions are the most complete and comprehensive presentation od Shakespeare plays that we use. You can read them at several levels to get the subtleties of language, explanation of rhyming schemes, historical and other background, all on the same page as text. Folger's editions are a handy second to the Arden and we try to buy one each for each play.
Currently using the Arden Richard 2 to prepare for Fall play in Utah.
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