The Merry Wives of Windsor (Applause First Folio Editions)

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(Applause Books). If there ever has been a groundbreaking edition that likewise returns the reader to the original Shakespeare text, it will be the Applause Folio Texts. If there has ever been an accessible version of the Folio, it is this edition, set for the first time in modern fonts. The Folio is the source of all other editions. The Folio text forces us to re-examine the assumptions and prejudices which have encumbered over four hundred years of scholarship and performance. Notes refer the reader to subsequent editorial interventions, and
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Overview

(Applause Books). If there ever has been a groundbreaking edition that likewise returns the reader to the original Shakespeare text, it will be the Applause Folio Texts. If there has ever been an accessible version of the Folio, it is this edition, set for the first time in modern fonts. The Folio is the source of all other editions. The Folio text forces us to re-examine the assumptions and prejudices which have encumbered over four hundred years of scholarship and performance. Notes refer the reader to subsequent editorial interventions, and offer the reader a multiplicity of interpretations. Notes also advise the reader on variations between Folios and Quartos. The heavy mascara of four centuries of Shakespearean glossing has by now glossed over the original countenance of Shakespeare's work. Never has there been a Folio available in modern reading fonts. While other complete Folio editions continue to trade simply on the facsimile appearance of the Elizabethan "look," none of them is easily and practically utilized in general Shakespeare studies or performances.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557834393
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Series: Applause First Folio Editions Series
  • Edition description: ANNOTATED
  • Pages: 118
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Newlin has performed a juggling and variety act for international audiences for 23 years.  Since 1996, he has conducted an annual Play Directing residency affiliated with the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. Nick has a BA from Harvard University with Honors 1982 and an MA in Theater from The University of Maryland with an emphasis on Play Directing.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of tables
General editors' preface
Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction 1
The English comedy and the comedy of English 3
The comedy of language(s) and the Latin lesson 5
Translating: Italian into English - Falstaff's ancestry and the comedy of humours 9
Garter comedy: date, occasion and Falstaff's metamorphoses 18
Quarto and Folio: memorial reconstruction and acting version 31
Unconformities and comical satire 43
Structural unconformities and time gaps: three versions of Merry Wives 56
Critical attitude and stage life: the music of Merry Wives 80
This text: editorial procedures and conventions 109
Sir John Falstaff and the Merry Wives of Windsor 119
App The First Quarto (1602) 292
Abbreviations and references 326
Abbreviations used in the notes 326
Works by and partly by Shakespeare 326
Editions of Shakespeare collated 328
Other works cited 330
Index 338
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