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Twelfth Night (The RSC Shakespeare) [Paperback]

William Shakespeare , Professor Jonathan Bate , Eric Rasmussen
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3 Mar 2010 The RSC Shakespeare
From the Royal Shakespeare Company – a fresh new edition of Shakespeare's great comedy of love, folly and mistaken identity

THIS EDITION INCLUDES:

* An introduction to Twelfth Night by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate
* The play – with clear and authoritative explanatory notes on each page
* A helpful scene-by-scene analysis and key facts about the play
* An introduction to Shakespeare's career and the Elizabethan theatre
* A rich exploration of approaches to staging the play featuring photographs of key productions

The most enjoyable way to understand a Shakespeare play is to see it or participate in it. This unique edition presents a historical overview of Twelfth Night in performance, recommends film versions, takes a detailed look at specific productions and includes interviews with three leading directors – Sam Mendes, Declan Donnellan and Neil Bartlett - so that we may get a sense of the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible, a variety that gives Shakespeare his unique capacity to be reinvented and made 'our contemporary' four centuries after his death.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (3 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230243843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230243842
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire and was baptised on 26 April 1564. Thought to have been educated at the local grammar school, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he went on to have three children, at the age of eighteen, before moving to London to work in the theatre. Two erotic poems, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece were published in 1593 and 1594 and records of his plays begin to appear in 1594 for Richard III and the three parts of Henry VI. Shakespeare's tragic period lasted from around 1600 to 1608, during which period he wrote plays including Hamlet and Othello. The first editions of the sonnets were published in 1609 but evidence suggests that Shakespeare had been writing them for years for a private readership.

Shakespeare spent the last five years of his life in Stratford, by now a wealthy man. He died on 23 April 1616 and was buried in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. The first collected edition of his works was published in 1623.

(The portrait details: The Chandos portrait, artist and authenticity unconfirmed. NPG1, © National Portrait Gallery, London)

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'Footnotes at the bottom of each page gloss unfamiliar items of vocabulary, paraphrase tricky meanings and uncover bawdy puns. There is a universe to be found in these annotations: the Renaissance world of power and fate, sex and death, language and philosophy.' - Times Educational Supplement

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The first edition of Twelfth Night developed by and for the RSC, with unique material including a new introduction from Jonathan Bate and interviews with important directors

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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect edition! 19 Nov 2013
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Such a beautiful cover and quality pages and print. Completely recommend.
The additional material within the book such as the notes about previous plays and how they were performed is also very helpful for an English lit student like myself!
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