Twelfth Night (No Fear Shakespeare)
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Twelfth Night (No Fear Shakespeare)

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No Fear Shakespeare gives you the complete text of Twelfth Night on the left-hand page, side-by-side with an easy-to-understand translation on the right.

Each No Fear Shakespeare contains

  • The complete text of the original play
  • A line-by-line translation that puts Shakespeare into everyday language
  • A complete list of

Overview

No Fear Shakespeare gives you the complete text of Twelfth Night on the left-hand page, side-by-side with an easy-to-understand translation on the right.

Each No Fear Shakespeare contains

  • The complete text of the original play
  • A line-by-line translation that puts Shakespeare into everyday language
  • A complete list of characters with descriptions
  • Plenty of helpful commentary

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-These series titles aim to make the Bard's words accessible via free-prose adaptations. The formulaic retellings convey the plot lines of two popular comedies, but all evidence of his poetic genius is missing. Instead, modern slang expressions and/or cliches, such as Toby Belch's complaining of Olivia's "mooching around gloomy rooms" and Andrew's dancing "like a drunken flamingo," replace Shakespeare's more fluid language, trivializing his words. The characters are all included, introduced through pictures at the beginning of each volume, but all but the two main ones remain completely two-dimensional, and the relationships among them are unclear. This is particularly true in Much Ado, a complicated story with incidental characters whose purpose in the play is difficult to discern. For instance, Conrad and Borachio suddenly appear, but there is little sense as to why they are part of the plot against Claudio. The cartoon watercolor renderings, alternating between black-and-white and color, vary from quarter- to half-page in size and suggest the style used by animators. Thus, while they do reinforce the stories, there is a sameness among them, adding to the lack of character development. In fact the characters' images could be interchanged, even between plays, without much confusion. These books are no substitute either for the originals or even for Marchette Chute's classic Stories from Shakespeare (World, 1956; o.p.).-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
This volume reprints the Bevington edition of the play along with relevant documents and illustrations, arranged by theme. The texts include facsimiles of period documents, maps, woodcuts, descriptions of the popular customs associated with the play, anti-theatrical tracts, royal proclamations concerning dress, texts on household economics, passages from a Puritan conduct book, excerpts from Ovid and Montaigne, a range of opinions about boy actors, and theories of laughter. The documents contextualize the audience for Shakespeare's play, some of his sources, and competing ideas about music, religion, laughter, and sex. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586638511
Publisher:
Spark
Publication date:
07/03/2003
Series:
No Fear Shakespeare Series
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
36,620
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.46(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

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Twelfth Night No Fear Shakespeare) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
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wonderful
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The No Fear series is always helpful to beginners and those with experience with Shakespeare. Although a few more footnotes and explanation of terms would improve the book.
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Joanie59 More than 1 year ago
This is a great way for students to learn to appreciate Shakespeare, as it helps them to understand the text and context better. Kudos to SparkNotes and the teachers who use these books in their classrooms.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is better that i thought! Its super good and funny. This book is what the hilarious movie She's the Man is based on!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really a good help for students of all ages. I recommed to buy and save for life never know when you might need it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a teacher in an alternative school setting, I was apprehensive about starting a section on Shakespeare. I was pleasantly surprised by the reactions of my students when we read the 'No fear...Macbeth'. The students wanted to read more. I love this series because not only does it include the original text but it also explains the same in plain English. Buy this series for your students. You will not regret it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Twelth Night, infact when I was in a play done by My teacher,Ms Crowlie and she did Twelth night, I was Maria.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stupendous book. 12th night was a pain to read, although it was supposed to be a comedy, but this book made it easier to understand and contemplate all phrases by Shakespeare that requires you to be a history and mythology major!