Dimensions: 224 pages, 3.54 × 2.35 × 0.22 in
Published: July 27, 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 052122277X
ISBN - 13: 9780521222778
About the Book
A highly readable text of Shakespeare's early play, complete with comprehensive introduction, thorough but concise commentary and performance history.
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; The play; Supplementary notes; Textual analysis; Appendices; Reading list.
From the Publisher
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.
About the Author
William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare
''... 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, University of Oxford