The Merry Wives of Windsor

Hardcover | March 31, 2010

byWilliam ShakespeareEditorDavid Crane

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This new edition of Shakespeare''s The Merry Wives of Windsor focuses on a theatrical understanding of the play. While emphasising the liveliness of the play in stage terms, David Crane also claims that this citizen comedy needs to be taken much more seriously than in the past, as an expression of Shakespeare''s fundamental understanding of human life, conveyed centrally in the character of Falstaff. In the process he also examines Shakespeare''s free and vigorous use of different linguistic worlds within the play. The revision of this edition includes a response to some current arguments about the dating of Merry Wives, and also considers how recent productions bear upon the critical and theatrical account Crane gives of the play.

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This new edition of Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor focuses on a theatrical understanding of the play. While emphasising the liveliness of the play in stage terms, David Crane also claims that this citizen comedy needs to be taken much more seriously than in the past, as an expression of Shakespeare's fundamental understanding of human life, conveyed centrally in the character of Falstaff...

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 ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:186 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:March 31, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521197104

ISBN - 13:9780521197106

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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.