Much Ado about Nothing: With New and Updated CriticalMuch Ado about Nothing: With New and Updated Critical
William Shakespeare
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The newly revised signet classic Shakespeare series includes:

  • An extensive overview of Shakespears's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barneti

  • A special introduction to the play by the editor, David L. Stevenson, Hunter College
  • A special note on the sources from which Shakespeare derived Much Ado About Nothing
  • Dramatic Criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Charles Gildon, Lewis Carroll, George Bernard Shaw, Donald A. Stauffer, W.H. Auden, Carol Thomas Neely, and Robert Smallwood
  • A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions of Much Ado About Nothing, then and now.
  • Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type
  • Up-to-date list of recommended readings.


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Shakespeare: An Overview
Much Ado About Nothing
Textual Note
A Note on the Sources of Much Ado About Nothing


Charles Gildon: The Argument of Much Ado About Nothing
Lewis Carroll: A Letter to Ellen Terry
George Bernard Shaw: Shakespear's Merry Gentlemen
Donald A. Stauffer: From Shakespeare's World of Images
W. H. Auden: From The Dyer's Hand
Carol Thomas Neely: Broken Nuptials in Much Ado About Nothing
Robert Smallwood: Three Ways to Begin Much Ado About Nothing
Sylvan Barnet: Much Ado About Nothing on Stage and Screen
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