Measure for Measure

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0192834223
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Drama

When Claudio breaks the new laws against vice in Vienna by getting his financee, Julietta, pregnant, a series of ethical issues is brought under scrutiny. His sister's virtue is held to ransom by the deputy rule of the city until justice is done, mercy shown, and order restored. This is among Shakespeare's most vivid dramatic projections of moral duplicity. The introduction discusses the origins of his treatment of the well-known story and examines his sources. The editor also sets the play in its historical context and offers the most comprehensive available account of the text's theatrical life from Restoration adaptations to present-day productions.

The Oxford Shakespeare All s Well that Ends Well

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
ISBN: STANFORD:36105132279840
Release Date: 2008-08-14
Genre: Drama

Usually classified as a `problem comedy', All's Well that Ends Well invites a fresh assessment. Its psychologically disturbing presentation of an aggressive, designing woman and a reluctant husband wooed by trickery won it little favour in earlier centuries, and both directors and critics have frequently tried to avoid or simplify its uncomfortable elements. More recently, several distinguished productions have revealed it as an exceptionally penetrating study of both personal and social issues. In her introduction Susan Snyder makes the play's clashing ideologies of class and gender newly accessible. She explains how the very discords of style can be seen as a source of theatrical power and complexity, and offers a fully reconsidered, helpfully annotated text for both readers and actors.

The Oxford Shakespeare The Tempest

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
ISBN: 0199535906
Release Date: 2008-04-17
Genre: Drama

Performed variously as escapist fantasy, celebratory fiction, and political allegory, The Tempest is one of the plays in which Shakespeare's genius as a poetic dramatist found its fullest expression. Significantly, it was placed first when published in the First Folio of 1623, and is now generally seen as the playwright's most penetrating statement about his art. Stephen Orgel's wide-ranging introduction examines changing attitudes to The Tempest, and reassesses the evidence behind the various readings. He focuses on key characters and their roles and relationships, as well as on the dramatic, historical, and political context, finding the play to be both more open and more historically determined than traditional views have allowed.

The Oxford Shakespeare Hamlet

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
ISBN: 0199535817
Release Date: 2008-04-17
Genre: Drama

Hamlet's combination of violence and introspection is unusual among Shakespeare's tragedies. It is also full of curious riddles and fascinating paradoxes, making it one of his most widely discussed plays. Professor Hibbard's illuminating and original introduction explains the process by which variant texts were fused together in the eighteenth century to create the most commonly used text of today. Drawing on both critical and theatrical history, he shows how this fusion makes Hamlet seem a much more `problematic' play than it was when it originally appeared in the First Folio of 1623. The Oxford Shakespeare edition presents a radically new text, based on that First Folio, which printed Shakespeare's own revision of an earlier version. The result is a `theatrical' and highly practical edition for students and performers alike.

Hamlet

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher:
ISBN: BSB:BSB10704825
Release Date: 1843
Genre:


Measure for Measure

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198320108
Release Date: 2001-02-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Critical and historical notes accompany Shakespeare's drama about the nature of mercy and justice, and the essential characteristics of flexibility and common sense behind effective government.

THE OXFORD SHAKESPEARE Pericles

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 019953683X
Release Date: 2008-07-10
Genre: Drama

This edition of Pericles in the Oxford Shakespeare series is the only single-volume, modern-spelling edition both to offer a reconstruction of the original play and to reproduce the corrupt Quarto text of 1609 exactly as first printed.

Measure for Measure

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521294010
Release Date: 1991-06-27
Genre: Drama

Since the rediscovery of Elizabethan stage conditions early this century, admiration for Measure for Measure has steadily risen. It is now a favorite with the critics and has attracted widely different styles of performance. At one extreme the play is seen as a religious allegory, at the other it has been interpreted as a comedy protesting against power and privilege. Brian Gibbons focuses on the unique tragi-comic experience of watching the play, the intensity and excitement offered by its dramatic rhythm, the reversals and surprises that shock the audience even to the end. The introduction describes the play's critical reception and stage history and how these have varied according to prevailing social, moral and religious issues, which were highly sensitive when Measure for Measure was written, and have remained so to the present day.

The Merry Wives of Windsor in Plain and Simple English a Modern Translation and the Original Version

Author:
Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides
ISBN: 9781621072966
Release Date: 2012-07-02
Genre: Drama

You've probably heard of Sir John Falstaff--but you don't really quite know him until you see him comedically in Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor." He's a real comedian...that is if you can understand what he's talking about! If you have struggled in the past reading Shakespeare, then BookCaps can help you out. This book is a modern translation of The Merry Wives of Windsor. The original text is also presented in the book, along with a comparable version of both text. We all need refreshers every now and then. Whether you are a student trying to cram for that big final, or someone just trying to understand a book more, BookCaps can help. We are a small, but growing company, and are adding titles every month.

Measure for Measure

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: W. W. Norton
ISBN: 0393931714
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Drama

This Norton Critical Edition looks at the full range of opinion and interpretation of this major play from its origins to the present day, from its "genius" (William Hazlitt) to its being a "hateful work, although Shakespearean throughout" (Samuel Taylor Coleridge), and beyond. The Norton Critical Edition is based on the 1623 First Folio text, the only authoritative edition of the play. The editor has modernized spelling but preserves, for the most part, the original lineation and characteristically heavy punctuation. The text of Measure for Measure is accompanied by a full introduction, a note on the text, textual variants, and related illustrations. "Sources" considers the probable, primary, and analogous sources Shakespeare drew upon while composing Measure for Measure, including excerpts from G. B. Giraldi Cinthio's Hecatommithi and The Tragedy of Epitia, King James I's Basilikon Doron, and-most directly-George Whetstone's The History of Promos and Cassandra. "Criticism" collects seventeen important commentaries on Measure for Measure spanning four centuries, including, among others, those by Alexander Pope, Charlotte Lennox, Samuel Johnson, Elizabeth Inchbald, A. C. Bradley, G. Wilson Knight, Jonathan Dollimore, and Marliss C. Desens. "Adaptations and Responses" reprints alternative versions of the play: William D'avenant's The Law Against Lovers (1662), Charles Gildon's Measure of Measure, or, Beauty the Best Advocate (1700), and Charles Marowitz's postmodern version (1975). A Selected Bibliography is also included.

Oxford School Shakespeare Love s Labour s Lost

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher:
ISBN: 0198365926
Release Date: 2015-05-21
Genre:

The 'Oxford School Shakespeare' series helps students to understand and enjoy Shakespeare's plays. As well as the complete and unabridged text, each play has a range of notes, a plot synopsis, scene summaries, and character notes.

An Anthology of Elizabethan Prose Fiction

Author: Paul Salzman
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0192839012
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Fiction

Five novels include a commedy of manners, an historical fantasy, a love story, a tragic romance, and a businessman's rise to success