Twelfth Night (Signet Classic Shakespeare Series)

Twelfth Night (Signet Classic Shakespeare Series)

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by William Shakespeare
     
 

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Unique features of the Signet Classic Shakespeare
  • An extensive overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet
  • A special introduction to the play by the editor, Herschel Baker, Harvard University
  • Source from which Shakespeare derived Twelfth Night—selections from

Overview

Unique features of the Signet Classic Shakespeare

  • An extensive overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet
  • A special introduction to the play by the editor, Herschel Baker, Harvard University
  • Source from which Shakespeare derived Twelfth Night—selections from Barnabe Rich, Of Apolonius and Silla
  • Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Samuel Johnson, William Hazlitt, Charles Lamb, Harley Granville-Barker, Linda Bamber, Robert Kimbrough, Jean E. Howard
  • A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions of Twelfth Night, then and now
  • Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type
  • Up-to-date list of recommended readings

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451516312
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/1965
Series:
Signet Classic Shakespeare Series
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a merchant of some standing in his community. William probably went to the King’s New School in Stratford, but he had no university education. In November 1582, at the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior, who was pregnant with their first child, Susanna. She was born on May 26, 1583. Twins, a boy, Hamnet ( who would die at age eleven), and a girl, Judith, were born in 1585. By 1592 Shakespeare had gone to London working as an actor and already known as a playwright. A rival dramatist, Robert Greene, referred to him as “an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers.” Shakespeare became a principal shareholder and playwright of the successful acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men (later under James I, called the King’s Men). In 1599 the Lord Chamberlain’s Men built and occupied the Globe Theater in Southwark near the Thames River. Here many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed by the most famous actors of his time, including Richard Burbage, Will Kempe, and Robert Armin. In addition to his 37 plays, Shakespeare had a hand in others, including Sir Thomas More and The Two Noble Kinsmen, and he wrote poems, including Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. His 154 sonnets were published, probably without his authorization, in 1609. In 1611 or 1612 he gave up his lodgings in London and devoted more and more time to retirement inStratford, though he continued writing such plays as The Tempest and Henry VII until about 1613. He died on April 23 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. No collected edition of his plays was published during his life-time, but in 1623 two members of his acting company, John Heminges and Henry Condell, put together the great collection now called the First Folio.

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Twelfth Night 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I used this copy of Twelfth Night for my Shakespeare class, and it was far superior to the edition the professor had chosen. The text is printed on the right page and notes appear on the left. The trade paperback provides room for a decent sized font and room for notes in the margins. The notes themselves are invaluable to understanding the play, and the extended notes and commentary in the back (illustrations of the stage, notes on modernization of text...) are interesting as well as informative. This rivals texts that are twice the price.
ArneyT More than 1 year ago
Every B&N Shakespeare has been awesome and this is no exception. Nice, clear text, helpful notations, and interesting articles. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just have to say that I laughed when I saw the comment that said, 'So many typos!' Obviously, they do not understand Shakespeare's language. This book is absolutely wonderful. I most definitely recommend  this for students in high school through college. Maybe middle school though it's a very small chance they will understand the concept and comedy. As always, Twelfth Night is underrated by critics. A true classic!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got a Clan. Gtg. Bbl.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He growls and slaps bloodnights nuzzle, hen slashes his forehead blinding her with her own blood. "Shut up you mouse brain. Your lucky. We'll be back!" He swears and pads out after xalling his patrol.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
[Two questions: 1)who's my mentor(sorry, I forgot) 2)can you look at my question? You'll have to scroll down a bit to find it though]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She ran away back to her cl befiretheh did that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great version of the text. The images from various films help students to think about the play as performance. Gayle Gaskill's additions are particularly beneficial and interesting. Best option for Twelfth Night!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good.
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Save money on school books. Buy B&N.
GanasMa More than 1 year ago
I esp. liked being able to read 2 pages side-by-side on my NookColor. The detailed introduction was extremely helpful, and the selected modern wordage beside the Elizabethan words in each scene added considerable clarity to the play. I've been to the Folger Library in D.C., and recognize the skill and accuracy used in their publications. I will order other plays in the series with confidence.
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