As You Like It

As You Like It

by William Shakespeare
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As You Like It by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's romantic comedy As You Like It sets up a number of dualities that are explored but never resolved, exposing the complex relationships that exist between romance and realism, nobleman and commoner, and male and female. This invaluable new study guide to one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies contains a selection of the finest criticism through the centuries on As You Like It, including commentaries by such important critics as Samuel Johnson, George Bernard Shaw, W. H. Auden, and many others. Students will also benefit from the additional features in this volume, including an introduction by Harold Bloom, an accessible summary of the plot, an analysis of several key passages, a comprehensive list of characters, a biography of Shakespeare, essays discussing the main currents of criticism in each century since Shakespeare's time, and more.

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ISBN-13: 9780415026819
Publisher: A&C Black Publishers, Ltd.
Publication date: 01/28/1975
Series: Players' Shakespeare Ser.
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

About 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 in Stratford, 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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As You Like It 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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One of my favorites
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One of his best. A must read!!!!
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Had to get this for school and loved it ;)
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bardlover89 More than 1 year ago
I love this play. I read it with a Shakespeare class in college. We sat for a few hours and read thorugh the whole thing out loud and it was the best time I've ever had. If you're a fan of Shakespeare and good comedy, this is the play for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As You Like It has many qualities to attract readers and audiences. Rosalind is one of the great heroines of all romantic literature. The play has more outstanding speeches than almost any other that has ever been written. Astonishing plot complications are quickly resolved in the simplest possible way, reflecting a playwright¿s tour de force. The Forest of Arden appears as a character in creating a magical atmosphere whereby all perceptions change, and all are healed. Right wins out, especially in drawing on good character . . . even from formerly badly behaving people. And for those who love marriages, this book has one of the most impressive ceremonies of all time in literature. Humans have never looked nobler in the end than in this play. Yet the play also abounds with some of the greatest lines of Shakespeare¿s fools that cause all of us to see that humility is more called for than pride or ambition. Certainly, As You Like It will make you feel the presence of an unmatched genius, that should inspire even the most arrogant to feel humbled in the Bard¿s presence. My recommendation is that you first see a performance (whether in person, or on a recording). If that¿s not possible, try for an audio. Many outstanding actors have been taped. After you have the sights and sounds of the play firmly in mind, then read the play. You¿ll find that your earlier experiences will unlock more of the play¿s depths, imagery and pleasures for you. Where in life is being true to your word very important? How can you improve your life by being more reliable in this way? Donald Mitchell, co-author of The 2,000 Percent Solution and The Irresistible Growth Enterprise
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
ABDO's Magic Wagon "Graphic Shakespeare" series offers a short brief look at 16 plays by the Bard. This title is included in set 2. Bright yellows and greensshowcase the female leads in the play while dark browns set apart the men. A page of text about the play complements the illustratons and a glossary is included. Useful as an introductory text. Thanks to Puget Sound Council for the review copy.
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I am in hondura hahahaha