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Shakespeare and the Traditions of Comedy Paperback – September 24, 1976
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' ... a major achievement in presenting and understanding comedy before Shakespeare and Shakespeare's masterly use of it.' The Times Literary Supplement
'This is a splendid book - splendid in its directness and splendid in the wealth of intellect and illustration to which the reader is treated. ... It is good to see critical insight and historical knowledge brought together so fruitfully.' Literature and History
' ... a sound and scholarly treatment of a highly complex and fascinating intellectual heritage ... This will no doubt remain for years to come the standard work in its field.' The Virginia Quarterly Review
This book relates Shakespeare's comedies to a broad European background. At the beginning and again at the end of his career, Shakespeare was attracted by a tradition of stage romances which can be traced back to Chaucer's time.