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Measure for Measure (Arden Shakespeare: Second Series) [Paperback]

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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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Item Specifications...


Pages   203
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 12, 1967
Publisher   Arden
ISBN  1903436443  
ISBN13  9781903436448  


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More About William Shakespeare


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 was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a merchant of some standing in his community. William probably went to the King s New School in Stratford, but he had no university education. In November 1582, at the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior, who was pregnant with their first child, Susanna. She was born on May 26, 1583. Twins, a boy, Hamnet ( who would die at age eleven), and a girl, Judith, were born in 1585. By 1592 Shakespeare had gone to London working as an actor and already known as a playwright. A rival dramatist, Robert Greene, referred to him as an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers. Shakespeare became a principal shareholder and playwright of the successful acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain s Men (later under James I, called the King s Men). In 1599 the Lord Chamberlain s Men built and occupied the Globe Theater in Southwark near the Thames River. Here many of Shakespeare s plays were performed by the most famous actors of his time, including Richard Burbage, Will Kempe, and Robert Armin. In addition to his 37 plays, Shakespeare had a hand in others, including Sir Thomas More and The Two Noble Kinsmen, and he wrote poems, including Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. His 154 sonnets were published, probably without his authorization, in 1609. In 1611 or 1612 he gave up his lodgings in London and devoted more and more time to retirement in Stratford, though he continued writing such plays as The Tempest and Henry VII until about 1613. He died on April 23 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. No collected edition of his plays was published during his life-time, but in 1623 two members of his acting company, John Heminges and Henry Condell, put together the great collection now called the First Folio."

William Shakespeare lived in Stratford-Upon-The Avon. William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and died in 1616.

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