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"The Merry Wives of Windsor" is a delightful and lively comedy, which, when taken on its own merits, is extremely entertaining. As critic William Hazlitt says, "'The Merry Wives of Windsor' is a very amusing play, with a great deal of humor, character, and nature in it." A perennial favorite among audiences, the play even became the basis for Giuseppe Verdi’s final opera, "Falstaff." Shakespeare’s plays were first published individually, in Quarto editions. Later they were collected and published in Folio editions. There are often variations in the text from edition to edition. The text of this edition of "The Merry Wives of Windsor" is the nearest possible approximation to what Shakespeare actually wrote and is based on the earliest reliable printed texts. This beautiful edition of "The Merry Wives of Windsor" is illustrated by Hugh Thomson, who imaginatively captures its comic qualities as well as the ambience of Elizabethan England.
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Like every other play in the Cambridge School Shakespeare series, The Merry Wives of Windsor has been specially prepared to help all students in schools and colleges. This version aims to be different from other editions of the play. It invites you to bring the play to life in your classroom through enjoyable activities that will help increase your understanding. You are encourage to make up your own mind about the play, rather than have someone else's interpretation handed down to you. Whatever you do, remember that Shakespeare wrote his plays to be acted, watched and enjoyed.From the Back Cover:
According to legend, Queen Elizabeth I was so delighted with the character of Sir John Falstaff in Henry IV, Parts I and II, that she commanded Shakespeare to create a romantic comedy depicting the jolly old rogue in love. The obedient playwright responded with The Merry Wives of Windsor, a lively and enduring farce that offers a humorous rebuff to lechery and hypocrisy.
Falstaff, whose greed and vanity overwhelm his good sense, determines to seduce a pair of well-to-do country housewives. The portly knight meets his match among the gentlewomen of Windsor, however, who counter his every stratagem with witty maneuvers of their own that expose Sir John's tomfoolery to public mirth. Familiar Shakespearean themes and devices—romance, jealousy, disguises, and mistaken identities—enrich the plot, along with a sparkling cast of supporting characters, including rival wooers, informers, and witty go-betweens.
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Book Description Gramercy Books. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0517122200 New Condition. Seller Inventory # WQL-U53S-A935
Book Description Gramercy Books, 1995. Condition: New. Hugh Thomson (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0517122200
Book Description Gramercy Books, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0517122200