Coriolanus

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Cengage Learning EMEA
ISBN: 0174436270
Release Date: 1976-03-11
Genre: Drama

A scholarly edition of Shakespeare's work. Provides authoritative text, detailed notes, historical background, and commentary.

The Arden Shakespeare Book Of Quotations On Life

Author: Jane Armstrong
Publisher: Cengage Learning EMEA
ISBN: 1903436516
Release Date: 2001-09-13
Genre: Drama

Know then thyself If you are interested in human nature If you are looking for the right thought at the right moment If you are looking for that perfect phrase that expresses your thoughts better than you can Then The Arden Shakespeare Book of Quotations on Life is for you. Packed with Shakespeare's most acute insights into what it means to be human, both in our inmost selves and in relation to the world around us, this book offers everything from the brief and telling phrase to some of Shakespeare's finest and most profound poetry on the human condition.

The Arden Shakespeare Miscellany

Author: Jane Armstrong
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781408139165
Release Date: 2014-09-26
Genre: Drama

A gem of a reference book covering everything you could possibly want to know about Shakespeare between two handsome covers. Entries are quite short and range from "What did Shakespeare look like?", "Shakespeare on Film" and lists of compliments, oathes, lovers' vows and boys and girls names. There is an entry for each play too, summarising its plot and outlining major characters and themes. Details are given of the debates surrounding Shakespeare's identity, the known and fanciful facts of his life, and descriptions of the theatres in which he worked and the acting companies of which he was a member. A wealth of information and insight, both useful and entertainingly trivial, make this miscellany a book to satisfy students, buffs and bluffers alike.

Arden Shakespeare Complete Works

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781408198780
Release Date: 2014-03-10
Genre: Drama

This revised edition of the Arden Shakespeare Complete Works includes the full text of Double Falsehood, which was published in the Arden Third series to critical acclaim in 2010. The play is an eighteenth century rewrite of Shakespeare's "lost" play Cardenio and as such is a fascinating testament to the original. A short introduction outlines its complex textual history and the arguments for including it within the Shakespeare canon. The Complete Works contains the texts of all Shakespeare's plays, poems and sonnets, edited by leading Shakespeare scholars for the renowned Arden series. A general introduction gives the reader an overall view of how and why Shakespeare has become such an influential cultural icon, and how perceptions of his work have changed in the intervening four centuries. The introduction summarises the known facts about the dramatist's life, his reading and use of sources, and the nature of theatrical performance during his lifetime. Brief introductions to each play, written specially for this volume by the Arden General Editors, discuss the date and contemporary context of the play, its position within Shakespeare's oeuvre, and its subsequent performance history. An extensive glossary explains vocabulary which may be unfamiliar to modern readers.

The Tragedy of Coriolanus

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0192836056
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Drama

'Coriolanus' is perhaps the most brilliant political play ever written. Set in Ancient Rome, it remains a gripping psychological study of the relationship between personality and politics. The introduction to this new edition considers Shakespeare's adaptation of his historical material (Plutarch's Lives) in relation to the social and political conditions in London and Stratford at the time of the play's composition, also offering new evidence that it was written in 1608. Professor Parker examines the play's history and particularly its staging at the Blackfriars theatre, where it was probably the first of Shakespeare's plays to be presented and for which it may have been written. A thorough commentary pays special attention to the needs of actors and directors.

Shakespeare s Drama

Author: Una Ellis-Fermor
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136560415
Release Date: 2013-10-11
Genre: Literary Criticism

First published in 1980. This collection of essays by the first General Editor of the New Arden Shakespeare brings together the best of Ellis-Fermor's Shespearean criticism, in addition to outstanding essays on Coriolanus and Troilus and Cressida. Collected and edited by Kenneth Muir, the book is prefaced by an appreciation of Ellis-Fermor's work.

All s Well That Ends Well

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Cengage Learning EMEA
ISBN: 1903436230
Release Date: 1967-10-12
Genre: Drama

G. K. Hunterwas Founding Professor of English Literature at Warwick University and Emily Sanford Professor of English at Yale University. His publications include editions ofKing LearandMacbethfor The Penguin Shakespeare,English Drama 1586-1642: The Age of Shakespeare, andDramatic Identities and Cultural Tradition: Studies in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries. He also wroteJohn Lyly: The Humanist as Courtier, widely regarded as the best critical study of Lyly. The editor’s introduction includes extensive discussion of the text, date, and source of the play. That the play is only found in 1623’s First Folio makes dating it difficult; in his attempt to do so, Wilson uses previous scholarship, including hypotheses that the play was once calledLove’s Labour’s Won, and compares the play to 1604’sMeasure for Measure. A critical introduction of the play first lays out its structure and themes, then discusses the problematic roles of Bertram, Parolles, and Helena, and finally examines the play’s unity (or lack thereof). Following the text ofAll’s Well That Ends Wellis an appendix, “Giletta of Narbona” by William Painter, a probable source of the play. The Arden Shakespearehas 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 more 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.

K nig Lear

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher:
ISBN: OXFORD:N11276380
Release Date: 1778
Genre:


Coriolanus

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139835190
Release Date: 2010-01-21
Genre: Literary Collections

This generously annotated updated edition of Coriolanus provides a thorough reconsideration of Shakespeare's remarkable, and probably his last, tragedy. A substantial introduction situates the play within its contemporary social and political contexts – dearth, riots, the struggle over authority between James I and his first parliament, the travails of Essex and Ralegh – and pays particular attention to Shakespeare's shaping of his primary source in Plutarch's Lives. It presents a fresh account of how the protagonist's personal tragedy evolves within Shakespeare's most searching exploration of the political life of a community. The edition is alert throughout to the play's theatrical potential, while the stage history also attends to the politics of performance from the 1680s onwards, including European productions following the Second World War. A new introductory section by Bridget Escolme covers recent productions of Coriolanus, and criticism of the last ten years, with particular focus on gender and the play's politics.

Shakespeare s Noise

Author: Kenneth Gross
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226309886
Release Date: 2001-04-01
Genre: Literary Criticism

Gross explores the playright's fascination with dangerous and disorderly forms of utterance -- rumor, slander, insult, vituperation, and curse -- and how this generates an immense verbal energy in the poetry and on the stage. More broadly, it also reflects a cultural obsession with the power of defamation in Renaissance England.