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Twelfth Night

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"Twelfth Night" is the story of Orsino, a nobleman in the kingdom if Illyria. Following a shipwreck Orsino employs Viola, who when abandoned by the shipwreck disguises herself as a man named Cesario. Soon Viola falls in love with Orsino, however Orsino is in love with Lady Olivia who has fallen for Viola, believing her to be a man. "Twelfth Night" is a classic Shakespearean comedy of mistaken identities.
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Overview

"Twelfth Night" is the story of Orsino, a nobleman in the kingdom if Illyria. Following a shipwreck Orsino employs Viola, who when abandoned by the shipwreck disguises herself as a man named Cesario. Soon Viola falls in love with Orsino, however Orsino is in love with Lady Olivia who has fallen for Viola, believing her to be a man. "Twelfth Night" is a classic Shakespearean comedy of mistaken identities.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420926224
  • Publisher: Neeland Media
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 100
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.24 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2007

    Confusing Comedy Aided by Excellent Extras

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

    Great!

    Every B&N Shakespeare has been awesome and this is no exception. Nice, clear text, helpful notations, and interesting articles. Highly recommended.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    I just have to say that I laughed when I saw the comment that sa

    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!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2009

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    Tragically overshadowed

    Of all of Shakespeare's comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing get all the credit. They are both great plays, but Twelfth Night takes the cake!! It's a brilliant plot with the perfect amount of confusion. And the ending isn't obvious!! In most plays, what happens to all the characters is blatantly obvious!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2008

    One of Shakespeare's Most Brilliant.

    Fantastic, fantastic play. The format of this book is very manageable, and one would most likely find the translation most beneficial. 'Twelfth Night' doesn't get the credit it deserves.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    TO ALL THAT READ THIS

    JOIN DARKCLAN AT "OTHELLO" ALL RSULYS!!! ALSO, IF YOU DONT HAVE A MATE, GO TO "LOVE. COM" AND READ ICICLES POST!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Rainstar

    Hehe. Should we advertise?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Frostpaw

    Returned from a jurney. Snowkit raced to her and nuzzled her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Difinitypaw

    Got a Clan. Gtg. Bbl.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Nightsar

    He growles and stabbedhis claws into ravens neck and twistedand pulled out and fell he lost a life.
    Flamelily screame in pain but she headbuttexcougar knocking him down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Raven

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Coalpaw to Rainstar

    [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]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    Leafpelt

    Ikr

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Buemoon

    She ran away back to her cl befiretheh did that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    It sucked

    It sucked

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  • Posted October 12, 2013

    Loved it!

    My son took Shakespeare his senior year of high school and had been recommending this to me. I have a rule that I read one classic for every other book I read. This was a fun read. Bravo!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    A great version of the text. The images from various films help

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Nice

    Good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Yay!

    Save money on school books. Buy B&N.

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