Author: Alexander Leggatt
Category: Literary Criticism
View: 9781First published in 1987. This study removes some of the critical puzzles that Shakespeare's comedies of love have posed in the past. The author shows that what distinguishes the comedies is not their similarity but their variety - the way in which each play is a new combination of essentially similar ingredients, so that, for example, the boy/girl changes in The Merchant of Venice are seen to have a quite different significance from those in As You Like It.
Author: William Shakespeare
View: 8317Complete Version Top 100 Books - Drama Love's Labour's Lost by William Shakespeare Love's Labour's Lost is one of William Shakespeare's early comedies, believed to have been written in the mid-1590s for a performance at the Inns of Court before Queen Elizabeth. It follows the King of Navarre and his three companions as they attempt to foreswear the company of women for three years of study and fasting, and their subsequent infatuation with the Princess of Aquitaine and her ladies. In an untraditional ending for a comedy, the play closes with the death of the Princess's father, and all weddings are delayed for a year. The play draws on themes of masculine love and desire, reckoning and rationalization, and reality versus fantasy. Though first published in quarto in 1598, the play's title page suggests a revision of an earlier version of the play. While there are no obvious sources for the play's plot, the four main characters are loosely based on historical figures. The use of apostrophes in the play's title varies in early editions, though it is most commonly given as Love's Labour's Lost. The historical personages portrayed and the political situation in Europe relating to the setting and action of the play were familiar to Shakespeare's audiences. Scholars suggest that the play lost popularity as these historical and political portrayals of Navarre's court became dated and less accessible to theatergoers of later generations. The play's sophisticated wordplay, pedantic humour and dated literary allusions may also be reasons for its relative obscurity, as compared with Shakespeare's more popular works. Love's Labour's Lost was staged rarely in the 19th century, but it has been seen more often in the 20th and 21st centuries, with productions by both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, among others. It has also been adapted as a musical, an opera, for radio and television and as a musical film.
All’s Well That Ends Well + As You Like It + The Comedy Of Errors + Love’s Labour’s Lost + Measure For Measure + The Merchant Of Venice + The Merry Wives Of Windsor + A Midsummer Night’s Dream + Much Ado About Nothing + Pericles Prince Of Tyre + The Taming Of The Shrew + The Tempest + Twelfth Night Or, What You Will + The Two Gentlemen Of Verona + The Two Noble Kinsmen + The Winter’s Tale
Author: William Shakespeare
View: 3438This carefully crafted ebook: “The Complete Comedies of William Shakespeare” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. The plays of Shakespeare that are usually categorised as comedies are generally identifiable as the comedies of Shakespeare in that they are full of fun, irony and dazzling wordplay. They also abound in disguises and mistaken identities with very convoluted plots that are difficult to follow, with very contrived endings. A Shakespearean comedy is one that has a happy ending, usually involving marriages between the unmarried characters, and a tone and style that is more light-hearted than Shakespeare's other plays. Patterns in the comedies include movement to a "green world", both internal and external conflicts, and a tension between Apollonian and Dionysian values. Table of Contents: All’s Well That Ends Well As You Like It The Comedy Of Errors Love’s Labour’s Lost Measure For Measure The Merchant Of Venice The Merry Wives Of Windsor A Midsummer Night’s Dream Much Ado About Nothing Pericles Prince Of Tyre The Taming Of The Shrew The Tempest Twelfth Night Or, What You Will The Two Gentlemen Of Verona The Two Noble Kinsmen The Winter’s Tale William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, the authorship of some of which is uncertain.