Item description for Measure for Measure (Arden Shakespeare: Second Series) by William Shakespeare...
J. W. Lever was a professor at Durham University in the UK. He edited editions of As You Like It and A Midsummer Night's Dream for the New Swan Shakespeare Series, and wrote many articles that appeared in Shakespeare Survey, including "Shakespeare and the Ideas of his Time" and "Twentieth-century Studies in Shakespeare's Songs, Sonnets, and Poems." He also edited Every Man in his Humour by Ben Jonson for the Regents Renaissance Drama Series, and wrote a book entitled The Tragedy of State: A Study of Jacobean Drama.
The editor's introduction to this Arden edition covers the play's historical background, characters, and cultural references, and discusses key themes (Justice and Mercy; Grace and Nature; Creation and Death) and analytical conclusions. The play itself is followed by two appendices: the first, on sources, includes a letter of Joseph Macarius to George Pernezíth, an extract from the Hecatommithi of Giraldi Cinthio, an extract from The Historie of Promos and Cassandra by George Whetstone, and an extract from Too Good to be True by Thomas Lupton. The second appendix is the song, 'Take, o take those lips away' (IV. i). This edition also includes a list of abbreviations used in the text for reference. The Arden Shakespeare has 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.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 8" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Oct 12, 1967
ISBN 1903436443 ISBN13 9781903436448
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More About William Shakespeare
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 died on April 23, 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. A. R.Braunmuller is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has written critical volumes on George Peele and George Chapman and has edited plays in both the Oxford (King John) and Cambridge (Macbeth) series of Shakespeare editions. He is also general editor of The New Cambridge Shakespeare. Stephen Orgel is the Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of the Humanities at Stanford University and general editor of the Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture. His books include Imagining Shakespeare, The Authentic Shakespeare, Impersonations: The Performance of Gender in Shakespeare's England and The Illusion of Power.
William Shakespeare lived in Stratford-Upon-The Avon. William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and died in 1616.
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