192 pages, 9.02 × 6.02 × 0.39 in
November 28, 1998
Cambridge University Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0521425069
ISBN - 13: 9780521425063
About the Book
An active approach to Shakespeare in the classroom.
Table of Contents
List of characters; Measure for Measure; A problem play?; The writer in his time; The powerful and the powerless; Justice and mercy; Sex and sexuality; The language of Measure for Measure; Setting and staging; William Shakespeare.
From the Publisher
Like every other play in the Cambridge School Shakespeare series, Measure for Measure has been specially prepared to help all students in schools and colleges. This version of Measure for Measure aims to be different from other editions of the play. It invites you to bring the play to life in your classroom through enjoyable activities that will help increase your understanding. You are encourage to make up your own mind about the play, rather than have someone else's interpretation handed down to you. Whatever you do, remember that Shakespeare wrote his plays to be acted, watched and enjoyed.
From the Jacket
The 'Cambridge School Shakespeare' series arises out of the research and development work of the Shakespeare and Schools Project. Each play in the series has been carefully edited to enable students to inhabit Shakespeare's imaginative world in accessible and creative ways.
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
From Our Editors
Measure for Measure comes alive in this Cambridge School Shakespeare edition. Cambridge School Shakespeare Series: Measure for Measure is a play that has been carefully edited to provide the means for students to inhabit Shakespeare's imaginative world in accessible and creative ways. It also contains the complete script for the play and a running synopsis of the action, explanations of unfamiliar words, and a wide range of classroom activities to help turn the script into drama. This dramatic experience, for groups as well as for individuals, is at the heart of this informative and gripping series. For years, Cambridge School Shakespeare Series have been enhancing students' appreciation of the world's most famous bard.