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"Love's Labours Lost" (Arden Shakespeare.Third Series) (The Arden Shakespeare) Paperback – 25 Jun 1998

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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Arden Shakespeare; 3rd Revised ed. edition (25 Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904271103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904271109
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (331 customer reviews)
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An early romantic comedy of mistaken identities and word play, Love's Labours Lost is a delight to watch performed. The Arden third series offers a distinctive interpretation of this previously neglected play, in particular its innovative linguistic patterning. The story revolves around the king of Navarre and his courtiers, who decide to devote themselves to three years of study and denial of the opposite sex, but reluctantly fall in love with the Princess of France and her three ladies in waiting. From here, the tangles and cross-purposes begin and the men decide to devote themselves to the study of love. Although dense with sophisticated literary techniques, the play is a wonderful satire of romance and aristocratic pretensions. This edition of Loves Labour's Lost is suitable for both drama and literature students of Shakespeare, as it is a practical guide to staging the play, but also an insightful critique into the play's meaning and history. --Simon Priestly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"With the publication of Woudhuysen's Arden 3 edition, the magisterial study of the play that will energize a new generation of readers and directors has now arrived." --"Eric Rasmussen, University of Nevada at Reno, Shakespeare Survey"

With the publication of Woudhuysen's Arden 3 edition, the magisterial study of the play that will energize a new generation of readers and directors has now arrived. Eric Rasmussen, University of Nevada at Reno, Shakespeare Survey"

"With the publication of Woudhuysen's Arden 3 edition, the magisterial study of the play that will energize a new generation of readers and directors has now arrived." --Eric Rasmussen, University of Nevada at Reno, Shakespeare Survey

-With the publication of Woudhuysen's Arden 3 edition, the magisterial study of the play that will energize a new generation of readers and directors has now arrived.- --Eric Rasmussen, University of Nevada at Reno, Shakespeare Survey

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The Arden collection of Shakespeare books is invaluable, offering incredible criticism in the preface. An essential copy for anyone studying Shakespeare at A level or higher. It also includes examples of past performances of the play, which is incredibly useful for adding context to papers. Cannot recommend enough.

SPOILERS - but everyone should know about Hamlet.

This play has been accused of being overrated, but I could not disagree more. The characters in it are incredible and leave so much down to your own interpretation - I personally believe Hamlet feigns madness, others swear he is truly mad - the female characters are incredible and leave much to be discussed, not least their 'watery' feminine deaths.
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We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
- William Shakespeare

One of the things that puts a lot of people off Shakespeare is his wonderful but difficult to understand use of the English language. In this comprehensive and useful study guide the student can grasp not only the complexities of the language and its use but also the events and themes too. This study guide isn't too complex and it isn't too dumbed down either.

It provides clear and incisive explanations, critical analysis and commentaries of each scene. The book also has a glossary for any tricky meanings, references and words. To get the most of out any Shakespeare play you can't go wrong with York Notes. You'll end up with a much more thorough understanding of where the Bard was coming from.
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A wonderful introduction covering the many aspects of how and why Shakespeare's Julius Caesar has been staged through time; insight into Shakespeare's motives in writing the play set in context of the Elizabethan court and much more. The play itself is clearly set out with footnotes and further information at the back of the book. For study or purely personal interest it is well worth paying a bit extra for this publication.
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Great play. The Norton esition is especially great due to fantastic critical analysis in the back. Well worth buying
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Smart clear version of play.
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A tale of the disease of power, by a man who gives every character their own freely spoken voice.
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Bought for college
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incredible value for money - prompt delivery too
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