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Love's Labour's Lost, the first work to bear Shakespeare's name on its title page, differs greatly from his other early plays both for its highly unorthodox ending and its extraordinary use of language. This new edition presents a highly readable, modernised text of the play, freshly edited from the first quarto published in 1598. A thorough but concise scholarly and critical commentary provides exciting new perspectives on Love's Labour's Lost, and a comprehensive introduction discusses the significant elements of the play and its place in theatrical history. New critical trends are reflected in the special attention paid to the play's performance history since 1950, including films and adaptations, with illustrations of several productions. Engaging and illuminating, this will be an invaluable guide for seasoned scholars as well as students approaching the play for the first time.Read more
- Provides a full stage history, giving the reader a clear overview of the play's possibilities in the theatre
- The Introduction summarises and explains the different approaches to Love's Labour's Lost, presenting the latest critical thinking on the play and a history of previous textual decisions
- The text is annotated with a helpful commentary on individual words and lines
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"As with the best stage productions, this edition's helpful notes and introduction make sense of the more alien aspects of this sparkling play, where even the most intellectually stumbling character can pronounce the word 'honorificabilitudinatibus'"
-Elizabeth Scott Baumann
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- Date Published: July 2009
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521294317
- length: 224 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 153 x 11 mm
- weight: 0.36kg
- contains: 13 b/w illus.
- availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
Table of Contents
Approaches to the play
Date and occasion
Sources and historical contexts
Early history to 1632
Performance and appropriation 1632 to the present
Note on the text
List of characters
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