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Twelfth Night (No Fear Shakespeare) Paperback – July 3, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-1586638511 ISBN-10: 1586638513 Edition: No Fear Shakespeare

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Product Details

  • Series: No Fear Shakespeare
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: SparkNotes; No Fear Shakespeare edition (July 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586638513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586638511
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a merchant of some standing in his community. William probably went to the King's New School in Stratford, but he had no university education. In November 1582, at the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior, who was pregnant with their first child, Susanna. She was born on May 26, 1583. Twins, a boy, Hamnet ( who would die at age eleven), and a girl, Judith, were born in 1585. By 1592 Shakespeare had gone to London working as an actor and already known as a playwright. A rival dramatist, Robert Greene, referred to him as "an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers." Shakespeare became a principal shareholder and playwright of the successful acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain's Men (later under James I, called the King's Men). In 1599 the Lord Chamberlain's Men built and occupied the Globe Theater in Southwark near the Thames River. Here many of Shakespeare's plays were performed by the most famous actors of his time, including Richard Burbage, Will Kempe, and Robert Armin. In addition to his 37 plays, Shakespeare had a hand in others, including Sir Thomas More and The Two Noble Kinsmen, and he wrote poems, including Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. His 154 sonnets were published, probably without his authorization, in 1609. In 1611 or 1612 he gave up his lodgings in London and devoted more and more time to retirement in Stratford, though he continued writing such plays as The Tempest and Henry VII until about 1613. He died on April 23 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. No collected edition of his plays was published during his life-time, but in 1623 two members of his acting company, John Heminges and Henry Condell, put together the great collection now called the First Folio.

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Very nice translation.
Michael P. Maslanka
I highly recommend that anyone who is trying to teach, or understand, the works of Shakespeare purchase these books.
Theater Geek
Much of what he writes makes my hair stand on end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 16, 2013
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For a long time I would not let my students use No Fear because I wanted them to be able to read the play in Shakespeare's words, but when I tired to discuss the plays with them, I always felt like I was the only who read the play. (I use it for Hamlet as well.) After I let them use it the first time, I was so excited to hear my students' comments on the play because they actually understood what they were reading. When they write about the play and when we discuss it, we use Shakespeare's words. We also compare the modern words and Shakespeare's words. I really like the No Fears and recommend them to people who really want to understand Shakespeare. I have taught high school and am now teaching at a university, so I know the No Fears are great on both levels.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Debora D. Kaiser on August 8, 2009
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We are collecting as many Sparknotes as possible. When you are required to read Shakespeare, you must have a guide. It's that simple. There is no guide better, in our opinion as teachers, and students of literature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MDL on May 24, 2013
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Yes, "Twelfth Night" is the basis for the teen romantic comedy, "She the Man," but reading the No Fear series will get you into the original work with a nifty side-by-side modern-translation comparison. A real gem of a book from someone that likes to have the translation at her fingertips. And yes, it has been quite a while since I was a teen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Smith on December 19, 2006
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...."Mom, this is perfect!" It helped her understand the language of the day in order to better understand the comedy writen for that time period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna Gerhard on July 30, 2013
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Shakespeare?! Like...WHAT?! This was a very helpful aide for my college lit class! If you aren't the best at interpreting BUY IT!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Isis Rodriguez on December 17, 2012
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Excellent! Really makes understanding Shakespeare a breeze. I found a typo, but besides that this is an amazing product. Thank you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tara on October 25, 2012
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My son is in middle school, and he told me that he needed this book for class. Unfortunately, we had only had about 1 1/2 week to get the book. I didn't have time to go to the local book store, so I relied on Amazon. The book came much sooner than I expected, and it was in excellent condition.I am very pleased with this seller, and very confident ordering merchandise from Amazon. Will definitely use this seller again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda on February 21, 2011
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This book is amazing. At first, I hated Shakespeare's stuff because I couldn't understand any of it. But this book translates it into the kind of grammar we are used to today and I actually liked it when it was translated into "our language". This would also be a big help for anyone who is stuck on reading any Shakespeare play in high school.
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