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Love's Labour's Lost - H.R. Woudhuysen, William Shakespeare
Love's Labour's Lost
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H. R. Woudhuysen is Professor of English at University College London. His publications include Samuel Johnson on Shakespeare, The Penguin Book of Renaissance Verse, and Sir Philip Sidney and the Circulation of Manuscripts, 1558-1640. ... show more
H. R. Woudhuysen is Professor of English at University College London. His publications include Samuel Johnson on Shakespeare, The Penguin Book of Renaissance Verse, and Sir Philip Sidney and the Circulation of Manuscripts, 1558-1640. To begin the introduction, the editor discusses the link between Love’s Labour’s Lost and the writings of Sir Philip Sidney, the simple plot and its inconclusive ending, the relationship in the play between words and the things which they signify, and the play’s concern with the court. The following sections of the introduction examine the play’s style, from the structural devices and wordplay typical of Shakespeare to the repetition and allusion that are particularly abundant in this comedy; and the play’s structure, with focus on the play’s last scene, which is the longest in Shakespeare’s work. The editor finally addresses the play’s dating and possible sources, its early history and performance, and the subsequent reactions to and criticism of the play. This edition features five appendices that follow the text of Love’s Labour’s Lost. They include an examination of the play’s original texts, additional lines omitted in the text of this edition, and discussions of Moth’s name, rhymes, and compound words in the play. Also included are a preface, an index, and lists of illustrations, abbreviations, and references. The Arden Shakespeare has developed a reputation as the pre-eminent critical edition of Shakespeare for its exceptional scholarship, reflected in the thoroughness of each volume. An introduction comprehensively contextualizes the play, chronicling the history and culture that surrounded and influenced Shakespeare at the time of its writing and performance, and closely surveying critical approaches to the work. Detailed appendices address problems like dating and casting, and analyze the differing Quarto and Folio sources. A full commentary by one or more of the play’s foremost contemporary scholars illuminates the text, glossing unfamiliar terms and drawing from an abundance of research and expertise to explain allusions and significant background information. Highly informative and accessible, Arden offers the fullest experience of Shakespeare available to a reader. "With the publication of Woudhuysen's Arden 3 edition, the magisterial study of the play that will energize a new generation of readers and directors has now arrived."—Eric Rasmussen, University of Nevada at Reno, Shakespeare Survey
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781904271109 (1904271103)
ASIN: 1904271103
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages no: 392
Edition language: English
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Grack21
Grack21 rated it
1.0 Love's Labor's Lost (Pelican Shakespeare Series)
Blech.
Inklings
Inklings rated it
I knew nothing about this play when I started it, and I must say that I was often confused. The plot is basic enough : a King and three young lords swear off women for three years and then immediately fall in love with a princess and her three attending ladies. There is a great deal of banter. Unfo...
Reading Adler's List
Reading Adler's List rated it
2.0 Love's Labour Lost
Four men who vow not to be distracted from their studies by love end up getting distracted. They all fall in love. Not to the same woman, but to four different women. It all seems somewhat lacking in drama and conflict.Instead, Love’s Labour Lost indulges in wordplay. Stichomythic conversations ...
UNICORN PORN FOR ALL
UNICORN PORN FOR ALL rated it
2.0
You know what I'm not crazy about? Shakespeare's comedies
lonesomepoint
lonesomepoint rated it
This is probably the most difficult Shakespearean play I've read, because it's almost nothing but wordplay and witticism. Otherwise, the plot could be explained in a few sentences. But for some reason I found it charming.
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