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The Merry Wives of Windsor

2nd Edition

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Part of The New Cambridge Shakespeare

  • Date Published: March 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521146814

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  • The New Cambridge Shakespeare appeals to students worldwide for its up-to-date scholarship and emphasis on performance. The series features line-by-line commentaries and textual notes on the plays and poems. Introductions are regularly refreshed with accounts of new critical, stage and screen interpretations. In this second edition of Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor David Crane emphasises the liveliness of the play in stage terms. He also claims that this citizen comedy was an expression of Shakespeare's fundamental understanding of human life, conveyed centrally in the character of Falstaff. In the process he examines Shakespeare's free and vigorous use of different linguistic worlds. An account of the play's textual history concludes that at the time of its earliest performances Shakespeare's text was being adapted to specific theatrical needs, and as much in the possession of its players as of its author.

    • The stage history of the play is brought up to date, showing how recent productions contribute to our understanding
    • Crane reveals how the play seems partly to have arisen out of the detail of players' lives, Shakespeare's among them
    • Investigates afresh what may have lain behind the multiple appearances of Falstaff in Shakespeare's work
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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: March 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521146814
    • length: 186 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the date and first occasion of the play
    The world of the play
    Some moments in the play
    The play on the stage
    Recent critical and stage interpretations
    Note on the text
    List of characters
    THE PLAY
    Textual analysis
    Reading list.

  • Author

    William Shakespeare

    Editor

    David Crane, University of Wales, Lampeter

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