Twelfth Night by William ShakespeareTwelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Twelfth Night

byWilliam Shakespeare

Paperback | December 3, 2001

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Because Orsino is hopelessly in love with the aloof Countess Olivia, he doesn't notice Viola, who, disguised as a boy, is in love with him. This comedy's plot bristles with intrigues galore, but all finally ends happily as lovers are paired. Books in this new, illustrated series present complete texts of Shakespeare's plays. However, the lines are set up so students can see the bard's original poetic phrases printed side-by-side and line-by-line with a modern "translation" on the facing page.

Starting in the late 1580s and for several decades that followed, Shakespeare's plays were popular entertainment for London's theatergoers. His Globe Theatre was the equivalent of a Broadway theater in today's New York. The plays have endured, but over the course of 400+ years, the English language has changed in many ways—which is why today's students often find Shakespeare's idiom difficult to comprehend.

Simply Shakespeare offers an excellent solution to their problem. Introducing each play is a general essay covering Shakespeare's life and times. At the beginning of each of the five acts in every play, a two-page spread describes what is about to take place. The story's background is explained, followed by brief descriptions of key people who will appear in the act, details students should watch for as the story unfolds, discussion of the play's historical context, how the play was staged in Shakespeare's day, and explanation of puns and plays on words that occur in characters' dialogues.

Identifying icons preceding each of these study points are printed in a second color, then are located again as cross-references in the play's original text. For instance, where words spoken by a person in the play offer insights into his or another character's personality, the "Characters" icon will appear as a cross-reference in both the introductory spread and the play proper. Following each act, a closing spread presents questions and discussion points for use as teachers' aids. Guided by the inspiring format of this fine new series, both teachers and students will come to understand and appreciate the genius of Shakespeare as never before.
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 Gra...
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Title:Twelfth NightFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:December 3, 2001Publisher:Barrons Educational SeriesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0764120883

ISBN - 13:9780764120886

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Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun comedy! One of Shakespeare's most spirited plays! A fun little romp with mistaken identities, plot twists, and of course, all's well!
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh A very popular play that shares the same plot device as many of his other plays (mistaken identity). It is entertaining, but I think that it is better seen than read.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my fave plays One of my favourite plays by Shakespeare. Viola is a treasure.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Literature at its finest I absolutely love shakespeare and he did not disappoint this time. Wonderful plot and captivating a duck always. The cover is a night bright one as well which is nice in the bookshelf
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Surprisingly Entertaining Play I found the tangled web of love created in this story to be surprisingly entertaining. This tale proves that Shakespeare is indeed capable of humor, contrary to what his more famous tragedies may suggest. I am not sure I would read this again, but it was fun to watch Viola create quite the muddle of things. If you want to try Shakespeare, this would be a great one to start with.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Always love Shakespeare. His word play in his comedies are fantastic!
Date published: 2014-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shakespeare? Hell yes! I had to read this book as a school assignment. I didn't like it very much at first, but as the story went on, I found myself doing the unthinkable.. not being able to put it down! Now, as a 19 year old who doesn't like Shakespeare as a rule, I was a bit disturbed by this. But the story is actually really fun! It's not as boring as his other works, at least for me, and I'd recommend this to anyone interested in Shakespeare, comedies, or even just a good read. She's The Man, anyone?
Date published: 2008-07-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This book is extramly BORING This book is Boring it is a pain to read. All the languge is old and it is stupid.
Date published: 2001-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Twelth Night- Read It! If you want something to read, I suggest this book. If you enjoy Julius Caesar, you should definently read this!
Date published: 2000-09-10