This collection--including The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night in the New Penguin Shakespeare text--is engagingly introduced and skillfully annotated, bringing together four of Shakespeare's most spirited comedies.
A Penguin Classics edition containing The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night
Shakespearean comedy has as much to do with the structure and movement of the drama as with the wit of its dialogue or the humour of its characters. In these four comedies there is a near-tragic crisis at which disaster or happiness may ensue, but the overriding force of goodwill and the power of understanding, love and generosity brings us through to a joyful conclusion. In comedy, 'sweet are the uses of adversity', so that the most bitter circumstances - exile, oppression, unrequited love - can give rise to higher feelings of friendship, respect, sympathy and acceptance. In this collection of Shakespeare's four most spirited comedies, each text comes complete with notes and an introduction, making this edition of particular value to students, scholars and theatre-goers.
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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 died on April 23, 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford.