The Merry Wives of Windsor (Arden Shakespeare, Third Series)

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The Merry Wives of Windsor (Modern Library Royal Shakespeare Company Series)

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The Merry Wives of Windsor, Shakespeare's only thoroughly English comedy, created an archetypal literary figure in the shape of the devious, irrepressible John Falstaff. This stimulating new edition celebrates the play as a joyous exploration of language, but also places elements of its plot firmly in a continental, specifically Italian, tradition of romantic comedy. It draws out the complexities of Merry Wives as a multi-plot play, and takes a fresh and challenging look at both textual and dating issues; a facsimile of the first Quarto is included as an appendix. The play's extensive performance history, both dramatic and operatic, is fully explored and discussed.

"This is a significant and substantive edition, in that nothing has been taken for granted, everything has been opened to reconsideration. The commentary is exceptionally detailed and attentive to questions of language and meaning."—John Jowett, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, Shakespeare Quarterly

For more than a century educators, students and general readers have relied on The Arden Shakespeare to provide the very best scholarship and most authoritative texts available. The Third Series editions' added emphasis on all aspects of Shakespeare performance extended the Arden editions readership to also become the preferred text for theatre professionals.

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"This is a significant and substantive edition, in that nothing has been taken for granted, everything has been opened to reconsideration. The commentary is exceptionally detailed and attentive to questions of language and meaning."—Shakespeare Quarterly
Shakespeare Quarterly

This is a significant and substantive edition, in that nothing has been taken for granted, everything has been opened to reconsideration. The commentary is exceptionally detailed and attentive to questions of language and meaning.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904271116
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/23/1999
  • Series: Arden Shakespeare Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Giorgio Melchiori is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the Università Roma Tre in Italy. His major publications include Shakespeare's Dramatic Meditations: An Experiment in Criticism; editions of King Henry IV Part 1 and King Edward III for the New Cambridge Shakespeare; an edition of Sir Thomas More (with Vittorio Gabrieli) for the Revels series; Shakespeare's Garter Plays: 'King Edward III' to 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'; and Joyce's Feast of Languages. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and Life Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. He was awarded a CBE in 1990.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations General editors preface Preface and acknowledgements INTRODUCTION The English comedy and the comedy of English The comedy of language(s) and the Latin lesson Translating: Italian into English: Falstaffs ancestry and the comedy of humours Garter comedy: date, occasion and Falstaffs metamorphosis Quarto and Folio: memorial reconstruction and acting version Unconformities and comical satire Structural unconformities and time gaps: three versions of Merry Wives Time and structure in the Folio Time and structure in the Quarto The third narrative strand Critical attitudes and stage life: the music of Merry Wives Casting and doubling Early performance and adaptation The emergence of Falstaffs music The late nineteenth century Falstaff in the twentieth century This text: editorial procedures and conventions SIR JOHN FALSTAFF AND THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR Appendix: The First Quarto (1602) Abbreviations and references Index

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