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Much Ado About Nothing


William Shakespeare, "Much Ado About Nothing" (Updated Edition)
Edited by F. H. Mares
  2003 | ISBN: 0521532507 | 188 pages | siPDF | 7.2 MB

Much Ado has always been popular on the stage. This edition pays especial attention to the history and range of theatrical interpretation, in which the most famous actors, from the time of Garrick to the present, have appeared as the sparring lovers Benedick and Beatrice. A full commentary includes annotation of the many sexual jokes in the play that have been obscured by the complexity of Elizabethan language.

For this updated edition Angela Stock has added a new section to the Introduction in which she reviews the romantic and the darker, more cynical aspects of the play in the light of late twentieth-century stage, film and critical interpretations. She also tackles the interesting question of Beatrice's proper age and the critical fortunes of Hero and Claudio in terms of the play's interest in sexuality and misogyny, eavesdropping and deception.

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The Shakespeare is an edition of Shakespeare's works, consisting of a separate volume for each play, and a volume each for the Sonnets and the narrative poems. The texts have been prepared by an international team of the very best scholars, who provide in each case a freshly-considered and modernised text, a substantial introduction and commentary at the foot of the page. The series pays particular attention to the play in performance, commenting on the stage action and offering a performance history with illustrations. It is aimed at students of Shakespeare from A level or its equivalent, and onwards, including undergraduates, graduates and teachers.

An international team of scholars offers:
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List of Illustrations
Abbreviations and Conventions

 The date of the play
 Stage history
 The criticism of the play
 A note on the text
 Postscript, March 1987
 Recent stage, film and critical interpretations, by Angela Stock
  Performance history

List of characters

Much Ado About Nothing

Supplementary notes
Textual analysis
 The nature of the copy for Q and the problems of the text for editor and producer
 1: The time-scheme of Much Ado About Nothing
 2: Lewis Carroll's letter to Ellen Terry
 3: Benedick's song, 5.2.18–22
Reading list

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