The Two Noble Kinsmen (Arden Shakespeare, Third Series)

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The content of this edition include a list of the illustrations featured within the text and a preface by the editor on her work with the play.  The thorough introduction discusses the tragicomedy as a genre, the writers thought to have collaborated on this play and the question of its authorship, and the significance of collaboration and censorship in the era when the play was written, as well as other notes on historical context.  The editor goes on to address the public, literary, and theatrical ...

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Overview

The content of this edition include a list of the illustrations featured within the text and a preface by the editor on her work with the play.  The thorough introduction discusses the tragicomedy as a genre, the writers thought to have collaborated on this play and the question of its authorship, and the significance of collaboration and censorship in the era when the play was written, as well as other notes on historical context.  The editor goes on to address the public, literary, and theatrical contexts within and surrounding the play; the play’s afterlife in theatrical adaptation and academia; and technical notes on editing the drama.  Six appendices follow the text of The Two Noble Kinsmen.  They are: "John Fletcher, 'Upon An Honest Man’s Fortune'"; "The Portrait—Frontispiece of John Fletcher, 1647"; "Francis Beaumont, The Masque of the Inner Temple and Gray’s Inn"; "Beaumont’s 1613 Masque and The Two Noble Kinsmen"; "The Morris"; and "The Music."  Finally, a reference section provides a list of abbreviations and references, a catalog of Shakespeare’s works and works partly by Shakespeare, and citations for the modern productions mentioned in the text, other collated editions of The Two Noble Kinsmen, and other related reading.

The Arden Shakespeare
has developed a reputation as the pre-eminent critical edition of Shakespeare for its exceptional scholarship, reflected in the thoroughness of each volume. An introduction comprehensively contextualizes the play, chronicling the history and culture that surrounded and influenced Shakespeare at the time of its writing and performance, and closely surveying critical approaches to the work. Detailed appendices address problems like dating and casting, and analyze the differing Quarto and Folio sources. A full commentary by one or more of the play’s foremost contemporary scholars illuminates the text, glossing unfamiliar terms and drawing from an abundance of research and expertise to explain allusions and significant background information. Highly informative and accessible, Arden offers the fullest experience of Shakespeare available to a reader.

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"Scholars and general readers will welcome Potter’s edition...for its balanced discussion of the nature of the collaboration; for its provocative, sometimes quirky introduction and notes; and for its democratic openness to all forms of contemporary interpretation....This edition is a product of the new scholarly respect for dramatic collaboration...Like all Arden3 editions, Potter’s is concerned both with early stagings and with the play’s “afterlife” in later productions...In her section on the text Potter follows other recent Arden editors in leading an inexperienced reader through the basic methods editors use to determine the status and history of a printed play...Potter now takes a distinguished place [among] the long line of previous editors."—Shakespeare Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904271185
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 11/29/1996
  • Series: Arden Shakespeare Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 412
  • Sales rank: 953,713
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Lois Potter is a professor at the University of Delware

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations General editors preface Preface INTRODUCTION The genre: tragicomedy The collaborators The authorship question Collaboration and censorship The date Contexts: public Contexts: literary Contexts: theatrical The plays afterlife Text THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN Appendices 1) John Fletcher, Upon An Honest Mans Fortune 2) The Portrait-Frontispiece of John Fletcher, 1647 3) Francis Beaumont, The Masque of the Inner Temple and Grays Inn 4) Beaumonts 1613 Masque and The Two Noble Kinsmen 5) The morris 6) The music Abbreviations and references Index

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