- Series: Penguin Classics
- Paperback: 688 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (April 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140434542
- ISBN-13: 978-0140434545
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.3 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #950,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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William Shakespeare: Four Comedies: The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night (Penguin Classics) Paperback – April 1, 1995
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An exciting new edition of the complete works of Shakespeare with these features: Illustrated with photographs from New York Shakespeare Festival productions, vivid readable introductions for each play by noted scholar David Bevington, a lively personal foreword by Joseph Papp, an insightful essay on the play in performance, modern spelling and pronunciation, up-to-date annotated bibliographies, and convenient listing of key passages. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
Robust and bawdy, The Taming of the Shrew captivates audiences with outrageous humor as Katharina, the shrew, engages in a contest of wills-and love-with her bridegroom, Petruchio, in a comedy of unmatched theatrical brilliance, filled with visual gags and witty repartee.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Fairy magic, love spells, and an enchanted wood turn the mismatched rivalries of four young lovers into a marvelous mix-up of desire and enchantment, all touched by Shakespeare's inimitable vision of the intriguing relationship between dreams and the waking world.
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
This dark comedy of love and money contains one of the truly mythic figures in literature-Shylock, the Jewish moneylender. The "pound of flesh" he demands as payment of Antonio's debt has become a universal metaphor for vengeance. Here, pathos and farce combine with moral complexity and romantic entanglements, to display the extraordinary power and range of Shakespeare at his best.
Set in a topsy-turvy world like a holiday revel, this comedy juxtaposes a romantic plot involving separated twins and mistaken identity with a more satiric one about the humiliation of a pompous killjoy. The hilarity is touched with melancholy, and the play ends, not with laughter, but with a clown's plaintive song.
Each Edition Includes:
- Comprehensive explanatory notes
- Vivid introductions and the most up-to-date scholarship
- Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary readers to understand the Elizabethan English
- Completely updated, detailed bibliographies and performance histories
- An interpretive essay on filmadaptations of the play, along with an extensive filmography --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The one oddity here: why did they include "Taming of the Shrew" instead of the more sophisticated "Much Ado About Nothing", which also focusses on the battle of the sexes?