Measure for Measure (The New Penguin Shakespeare)

Measure for Measure (The New Penguin Shakespeare)

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Measure for Measure (The New Penguin Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare

Since the rediscovery of Elizabethan stage conditions early this century, admiration for Measure for Measure has steadily risen. It is now a favorite with the critics and has attracted widely different styles of performance. At one extreme the play is seen as a religious allegory, at the other it has been interpreted as a comedy protesting against power and privilege. Brian Gibbons focuses on the unique tragi-comic experience of watching the play, the intensity and excitement offered by its dramatic rhythm, the reversals and surprises that shock the audience even to the end. The introduction describes the play's critical reception and stage history and how these have varied according to prevailing social, moral and religious issues, which were highly sensitive when Measure for Measure was written, and have remained so to the present day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140707151
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/1981
Series: New Penguin Shakespeare Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 4.28(w) x 7.08(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Widely esteemed as the greatest writer in the English language, William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an actor and theatrical producer in addition to writing plays and sonnets. Dubbed "The Bard of Avon," Shakespeare oversaw the building of the Globe Theatre in London, where a number of his plays were staged, the best-known of which include Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth. The First Folio, a printed book of 36 of his comedies, tragedies, and history plays, was published in 1623.

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Measure for Measure (Folger Shakespeare Library Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Katelyn-Speare More than 1 year ago
The story is very compelling for a Shakespeare student such as myself. It certainly isn't my favorite from the Bard, however, it is still a classic! I am taking a "Measure for Measure" English elective for my Senior year (high school), so it was not something I purchased just by my own curiosity. The "Duke of dark corners" will either have you cheering for him in the end, or sitting in disgust for the strange chaos/resolution he creates. Pompey Bum, Mistress Overdone, and Lucio never cease to please with their bawdy humor. Angelo will displease for his hipocricy and badly timed lusting. Isabella's clever innocence compared to brother Claudio's mistakes and wise words make for an interesting pair of siblings. Shakespeare has much to offer - go for it!
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