The Merry Wives Of Windsor

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One of Shakespeare's early comedies, "The Merry Wives of Windsor" is unique among the plays for its exclusive focus on the middle class of Elizabethan England. The main character is a fat knight, Sir John Falstaff, who tries to woo two married women for money. They quickly discover his scheming and trick him numerous times in return, creating memorable, humorous scenes at Falstaff's expense. An additional thread is woven into the story concerning the daughter of one of the wives, who loves a man of whom her ...
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Overview

One of Shakespeare's early comedies, "The Merry Wives of Windsor" is unique among the plays for its exclusive focus on the middle class of Elizabethan England. The main character is a fat knight, Sir John Falstaff, who tries to woo two married women for money. They quickly discover his scheming and trick him numerous times in return, creating memorable, humorous scenes at Falstaff's expense. An additional thread is woven into the story concerning the daughter of one of the wives, who loves a man of whom her parents do not approve. Most likely written at the personal request of Queen Elizabeth for a court occasion, this cast of strong female characters fills the stage with spirited action, not always without irony, and creates a plot overlaid with such timeless themes as marriage, cuckoldry, wealth, social class, and love.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420932218
  • Publisher: Neeland Media
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.19 (d)

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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