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Much Ado about Nothing (Sourcebooks Shakespeare Series)
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Much Ado about Nothing (Sourcebooks Shakespeare Series)

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by William Shakespeare, David Bevington (Editor), Peter Holland (Editor)
 

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This remarkable edition features a newly edited text of Much Ado About Nothing based on the latest scholarship, along with detailed essays, commentary and photos. On the integrated audio CD, narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi, you can hear the play through multiple productions from different eras, and experience different actors' interpretations of the characters.

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This remarkable edition features a newly edited text of Much Ado About Nothing based on the latest scholarship, along with detailed essays, commentary and photos. On the integrated audio CD, narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi, you can hear the play through multiple productions from different eras, and experience different actors' interpretations of the characters.

Hear 26 great performances including:
—Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Saskia Reeves, Pauline Jameson, and Maureen Fitzgerald as Beatrice
—Sir John Gielgud, Samuel West, Richard Johnson, and John Horton as Benedick
—Bonus audio discussion of a voice coach's perspective on "Speaking Shakespeare" with Andrew Wade, voice consultant for Shakespeare in Love

See photographs from notable productions:
—Kenneth Branagh's 1993 film
—Kristen Johnson, Jimmy Smits, David Hyde Pierce at the Joseph Papp Public Theater
—Harriet Walter, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Janet Suzman at the Royal Shakespeare Company
—Costume renderings from the 1958 production at the Shakespeare Memorial Theate

Read essays and commentary with insights from:
—Courtney Lehmann, author of Shakespeare Remains: Theater to Film, Early Modern to Postmodern, on Kenneth Branagh's 1993 film
—Douglas Lanier, editor of Shakespeare and Modern Popular Culture on Much Ado About Nothing as inspiration for contemporary media
—Text editor Jeffrey Kahan, series editor of Shakespeare Millennium, on productions of Much Ado About Nothing throughout history

Readers will also learn about contemporary and film performances, explore the play from a modern cast's point of view, and uncover the history of Shakespeare's world with additional essays by noted experts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402207778
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
12/15/2006
Series:
Sourcebooks Shakespeare Series
Edition description:
BOOK & CD
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.96(d)

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?Act 1, Scene 1]

Enter LEONATO Governor of Messina, INNOGEN his wife,
HERO his daughter, and BEATRICE his niece,
with a MESSENGER

LEONATO
I learn in this letter that Don Pedro of Aragon comes this night to Messina.

MESSENGER
He is very near by this. He was not three leagues off when I left him.

LEONATO
How many gentlemen have you lost in this action? 5

MESSENGER
But few of any sort and none of name.

LEONATO
A victory is twice itself when the achiever brings home full numbers. I find here that Don Pedro hath bestowed much honor on a young Florentine called Claudio.

MESSENGER
Much deserved on his part, and, equally remembered by Don Pedro, he hath borne himself beyond the promise of his age, doing, in the figure of a lamb, the feats of a lion. He hath indeed better bettered expectation than you must expect of me to tell you how.

LEONATO
He hath an uncle here in Messina, will be very much glad of it.

MESSENGER
I have already delivered him letters, and there appears much joy in him, even so much that joy could not show itself modest enough without a badge of bitterness.

LEONATO
Did he break out into tears?

MESSENGER
In great measure.

LEONATO
A kind overflow of kindness; there are no faces truer then those that are so washed. How much better is it to weep at joy than to joy at weeping!

BEATRICE
I pray you, is Signor Mountanto returned from the wars, or no?

MESSENGER
I know none of that name, lady. There was none such in the army of any sort.

LEONATO
What is he that you ask for niece?

HERO
My cousin means Signor Benedick of Padua.

MESSENGER
O, he's returned, and as pleasant as ever he was.

Meet the Author

Widely esteemed as the greatest writer in the English language, William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an actor and theatrical producer in addition to writing plays and sonnets. Dubbed "The Bard of Avon," Shakespeare oversaw the building of the Globe Theatre in London, where a number of his plays were staged, the best-known of which include Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth. The First Folio, a printed book of 36 of his comedies, tragedies, and history plays, was published in 1623.

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Much Ado about Nothing (Pelican Shakespeare Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
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The annotations really helped with some of the outdated words and references that Shakespeare used.
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