All's Well That Ends Well

All's Well That Ends Well

by Harold Bloom
     
 

In the romantic reconciliation comedy All's Well That Ends Well, the sweetly mischievous Helena plots and plans her way to winning the aloof Bertram's hand in marriage. While the couple stands united by the close of the final act, Shakespeare pokes fun at the fantasy, wish fulfillment, and conventions of romantic comedy with the play's ambiguous resolution, which

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In the romantic reconciliation comedy All's Well That Ends Well, the sweetly mischievous Helena plots and plans her way to winning the aloof Bertram's hand in marriage. While the couple stands united by the close of the final act, Shakespeare pokes fun at the fantasy, wish fulfillment, and conventions of romantic comedy with the play's ambiguous resolution, which has intrigued scholars, readers, and theatergoers for centuries. This invaluable, new study guide contains a selection of the finest criticism through the centuries, plus an introduction by Harold Bloom, an accessible summary of the plot, an analysis of key passages, a comprehensive list of characters, a biography of Shakespeare, and more.

Series Editor Harold Bloom is Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University and the author of more than 30 books, including Shelley's Mythmaking (1959), Blake's Apocalypse (1963), Yeats (1970), The Anxiety of Influence (1973), A Map of Misreading (1975), Kabbalah and Criticism (1975), Agon: Toward a Theory of Revisionism (1982), The American Religion (1992), The Western Canon (1994), Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human (1998), How to Read and Why (2000), Hamlet: Poem Unlimited (2003), Where Shall Wisdom Be Found! (2004), and Jesus and Yahweh: The Names Divine (2005). In 1999, Professor Bloom received the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Gold Medal for Criticism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604137088
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Series:
Bloom's Shakespeare Through the Ages Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Table of Contents

Series Introduction vii

Volume Introduction Harold Bloom ix

Biography of William Shakespeare 1

Summary of All's Well That Ends Well 5

List of Characters in All's Well That Ends Well 13

Key Passages in All's Well That Ends Well 15

Criticism Through The Ages 21

All's Well That Ends Well in the Eighteenth Century 23

1753-From Shakespeare Illustrated Charlotte Lennox 24

1765-All's Well That Ends Well (notes), from The Plays of William Shakespeare Samuel Johnson 25

1775-From The Morality of Shakespeare's Drama Elizabeth Griffith 26

1777-From An Essay on the Dramatic Character of Sir John Falstaff Maurice Morgann 26

All's Well That Ends Well in the Nineteenth Century 29

1817-From Characters of Shakespear's Plays William Hazlitt 29

1833-From Table-Talk Samuel Taylor Coleridge 32

1846-From Course of Lectures on Dramatic Art and Literature A. W. Schlegel 33

1863-From Shakespeare-Characters Chiefly Those Subordinate Charles Cowden Clarke 35

1864-From The Life and Genius of Shakespeare Ihomas Kenny 55

1896-From Shakespeare and His Predecessors Frederick S. Boas 60

All's Well That Ends Well in the Twentieth Century 71

1911-From Shakespeare as a Dramatic Artist Thomas Lounsbury 72

1913-From Shakespeare as a Playwright Brander Matthews 73

1922-From "The Meaning of All's Well That Ends Well" W. W. Lawrence 76

1951-From Shakespeare's Problem Plays E.M.W.Tillyard 100

1958-From The Sovereign Flower George Wilson Knight 120

1994-From Acting Funny: Comic Theory and Practice in Shakespeare's Plays Mary Free 162

1997-From Gender and Performance in Shakespeare's Problem Comedies David McCandless 172

All's Well That Ends Well in the Twenty-first Century 203

2007-From New Critical Essays on All's Well That Ends Well Helen Wilcox 204

Bibliography 217

Acknowledgments 221

Index 223

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