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Sparkling with the witty dialogue between Beatrice and Benedicts, Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's most enjoyable and theatrically successful comedies.

This edition offers a newly edited text and an exceptionally helpful and critically aware introduction. Paying particular attention to analysis of the play's minor characters, Sheldon P Zitner discusses Shakespeare's transformation of his source material. He rethinks the attitudes...

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Overview


Sparkling with the witty dialogue between Beatrice and Benedicts, Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's most enjoyable and theatrically successful comedies.

This edition offers a newly edited text and an exceptionally helpful and critically aware introduction. Paying particular attention to analysis of the play's minor characters, Sheldon P Zitner discusses Shakespeare's transformation of his source material. He rethinks the attitudes to gender relations that underlie the comedy and determine its view of marriage.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Allowing for the play's openness to reinterpretation by successive generations of readers and performers, Zitner provides a socially analytic stage history, advancing new views for the actor as much as for the critic.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199536115
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/15/2008
  • Series: Oxford Shakespeare Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 247,530
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheldon P. Zitner is Professor Emeritus, Trinity College, University of Toronto. He has written extensively on Renaissance Literature, including a recent book-length study of All's Well That Ends Well (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1989)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Love it!!!

    This is a really good version of Much Ado About Nothing. I got a .99 ¿ version and it had a lot of typos in it but this one is magnificent! I am only twelve but I love it immensley. I highly recommend this this thrilling shakespearian story to anyone who loves a good novel with lots of big words (i'm really glad that Nook has a built-in dictionary!) Happy reading!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    I have a question

    OK. In the book Shakespears Secret by Elise broach, the reviews say that Hero and Beatrice are named after this play. But in the reviews by the people (besides people who bought this book) basically the publishers I read them and never heard Hero or Beatrice. So is it lying? HELP ME PLEASE?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Ily beatrice

    Sje is funnttt

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Love

    Run for the hills!! We must run from this terrible athuor!!: (

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

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  • Posted May 18, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Great classic that every literary mind should have the pleasure

    Great classic that every literary mind should have the pleasure of reading at least once in their life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Love Shakespeare but....

    Why is this in Manga??

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    A great book if you can under stand it.

    Awsome book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Horrible

    This book made me lose my mind. Heres a tip: watch the movie instead

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2004

    Much Ado About Nothing

    Much Ado is one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies. It is set in Italy and tells the love story and conflict that the four lovers must overcome in order to be wedded and united forever.THis stry will make you laugh and cry at the same time. It is a universal and timeless story for all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2003

    Funny

    it was funny and i loved the charcters and everything that beatrice and benideck tell each other

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2003

    One of Shakespear's best comedies

    This is a great play. It's got all the elements for a great story, including the all important comic relief (taking the form of Beatrice and Benedict). It's the classic story of match-making with a twist. An evil villan is ploting to sabotage the happy couple. But you'll have to read it to see how it ends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2002

    Awesome

    I really liked the book it help me with my reading level.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2002

    Masterful Manipulation!

    Many people are intimidated by Shakespeare's grammatical form, thou art⿝ and all those large words just confuse the normal reader. Do not be intimidated by Much Ado about Nothing, this play may have all the confusing words of Shakespeare, but I must say that it was very easy to understand and to read through, it keeps the reader very interested. The Characters, plot, and mood influence the story, conflicts, and resolutions. To start off, the characters effervescent personalities and attitudes helps to convey the idea of constant merriment. All except for, Don John, the antagonist of this play, he shows callousness for other's feelings and beliefs. He also can be called the foil of Don Pedro, his brother, one is mean while the other goes out of his way to help his friends. Then there's the issue of Benedick and Beatrice, two of the main characters, who have merry wars⿝ with each other, they insult each other because of their past when Benedick left Beatrice. All the Characters influence the story of Much Ado about Nothing by keeping their secrets, learning new secrets, and manipulating other characters to get what they want. Secondly, The Plot of Much Ado about nothing is influenced by manipulation and deception. Beatrice and Benedick are manipulated to fall in love. Don John uses deception to get Claudio to leave Hero. Just when one thinks that everything has fallen apart, one of the characters comes out with the truth and everything falls back the way it was going. The plot of this play is much different from any other plays that I have read in a long time. Finally, The mood of Much Ado about nothing is always merry, that's what I enjoyed the most, the cheery atmosphere. There was few moments in this play when someone was sad or upset. It was much different than the depressing moods of Hamlet, or Macbeth. The mood influenced the story by adding to the characterization of many of the characters, and also adding to the main conflict between Beatrice and Benedick. In conclusion, I strongly recommend this play to anyone, it is Masterfully written and an instant favorite. Though some of the words may throw the reader for a loop, stick with it, the main idea is very easy to catch on to!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2002

    Masterful Manipulations

    Many people are intimidated by Shakespeare¿s grammatical form, ¿thou art¿ all those bulky words leave the reader perplexed. Do not be intimidated by Much Ado about Nothing, this play may have countless confusing words, but I must say that it was extremely easy to understand and to read through, it kept me as a reader very interested. The Characters, plot, and mood influence the story, conflicts, and resolutions of Much Ado about Nothing. To start off, the characters effervescent personalities and demented attitudes help to convey the idea of constant merriment, and also add to the comedy in the play. All except for, Don John, the antagonist of this play, he shows callousness for other¿s feelings and beliefs. He also could be considered the foil of Don Pedro, his brother; one was mean, while the other goes out of his way to help his friends find their loved ones and get married. Then there was the issue of Benedick and Beatrice, two of the main characters, who have ¿merry wars¿ with each other, they insult each other because of their past when Benedick left Beatrice. All the Characters influence the story of Much Ado about Nothing by keeping their secrets, learning new secrets, and manipulating other characters to get what they want. Secondly, manipulation and deception influence the plot of Much Ado about nothing. Beatrice and Benedick are manipulated to fall in love. Don John used deception to get Claudio to leave Hero in stead of marrying her. Just when one thought that everything has fallen apart, one of the characters comes out with the truth and everything falls back the way it was going. The plot of this play is much different from any other plays that I have read in a long time. Lowmaster 2 Finally, The mood of Much Ado about nothing was always merry, that was what I enjoyed the most, the cheery atmosphere. There were few moments in this play when someone was sad or upset. It was much different than the depressing moods of Hamlet, or Macbeth. The mood influenced the story by adding to the characterization of many of the characters, and also adding to the main conflict between Beatrice and Benedick. If the mood was any different, it might be thought that the two characters loathed each other, instead of secretly being in love with one another. In conclusion, I strongly recommend this play to anyone, it is Masterfully written and an instant favorite. Though some of the words may throw the reader for a loop, stick with it, the main idea was very easy to catch on to, also very enjoyable, and a great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2000

    Way good!!!

    it is the greatest book ever!!!Beaitrice and Benidict are great caraecters!!!I love it!!

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