Measure for Measure (Norton Critical Editions)

Measure for Measure (Norton Critical Editions)

by William Shakespeare
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393931714

ISBN-13: 9780393931716

Pub. Date: 11/06/2009

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

This Norton Critical Edition looks at the full range of opinion and interpretation of this major play from its origins to the present day, from its “genius” (William Hazlitt) to its being a “hateful work, although Shakespearean throughout” (Samuel Taylor Coleridge), and beyond.
The Norton Critical Edition is based on the 1623 First Folio

Overview

This Norton Critical Edition looks at the full range of opinion and interpretation of this major play from its origins to the present day, from its “genius” (William Hazlitt) to its being a “hateful work, although Shakespearean throughout” (Samuel Taylor Coleridge), and beyond.
The Norton Critical Edition is based on the 1623 First Folio text, the only authoritative edition of the play. The editor has modernized spelling but preserves, for the most part, the original lineation and characteristically heavy punctuation. The text of Measure for Measure is accompanied by a full introduction, a note on the text, textual variants, and related illustrations.
“Sources” considers the probable, primary, and analogous sources Shakespeare drew upon while composing Measure for Measure, including excerpts from G. B. Giraldi Cinthio’s Hecatommithi and The Tragedy of Epitia, King James I’s Basilikon Doron, and—most directly—George Whetstone’s The History of Promos and Cassandra.
“Criticism” collects seventeen important commentaries on Measure for Measure spanning four centuries, including, among others, those by Alexander Pope, Charlotte Lennox, Samuel Johnson, Elizabeth Inchbald, A. C. Bradley, G. Wilson Knight, Jonathan Dollimore, and Marliss C. Desens.
“Adaptations and Responses” reprints alternative versions of the play: William D’avenant’s The Law Against Lovers (1662), Charles Gildon’s Measure of Measure, or, Beauty the Best Advocate (1700), and Charles Marowitz’s postmodern version (1975).
A Selected Bibliography is also included.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393931716
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/06/2009
Series:
Norton Critical Editions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
439,729
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Abbreviationsix
Introduction
IThe Textxi
IIDatexxxi
IIISourcesxxxv
IVThe Playlv
(1)Formlv
(2)Themeslxiii
1.Justice and Mercylxiii
2.Grace and Naturelxxii
3.Creation and Deathlxxxiii
(3)Conclusionsxci
Measure for Measure1
Appendices
1.Sources151
(1)Letter of Joseph Macarius to George Pernezith151
(2)Extract from the Hecatommithi of Giraldi Cinthio155
(3)Extract from The Historie of Promos and Cassandra166
(4)Extract from Too Good to be True193
2.The Song, 'Take, o take those lips away' (IV. i)201

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