The Comedies of William Shakespeare (Shakespeare: His Work and World)
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Examines the comedies of Shakespeare, including ''The Two Gentlemen of Verona,'' ''As You Like It,'' and ''Measure For Measure.''
Title: The Comedies of William Shakespeare
Author: Kuiper, Kathleen (EDT)
Publisher: Rosen Pub Group
Publication Date: 2012/12/15
Number of Pages: 117
Binding Type: LIBRARY
Library of Congress: 2012029319
could produce no dowry. As in All’s Well, the bed trick in Measure for Measure achieves a (mostly) happy ending through morally dubious means. MEASURE FOR MEASURE Shakespeare wrote this “dark” comedy about 1603–04, and it was published in the First Folio of 1623 from a transcript of an authorial draft. The play examines the complex interplay of mercy and justice. Shakespeare adapted the story from Epitia, a tragedy by Italian dramatist Giambattista Giraldi, and especially from a two-part
Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher. GEORGE GASCOIGNE (b. c. 1539, Cardington, Bedfordshire, Eng.—d. Oct. 7, 1577, Barnack, near Stamford, Lincolnshire) Gascoigne attended the University of Cambridge, studied law at Gray’s Inn in 1555, and thereafter pursued careers as a politician, country gentleman, courtier, soldier of fortune, and man of letters, all with moderate distinction. He was a member of Parliament (1557–59). Because of his extravagance and debts, he gained a reputation for
the Revels office did not have exclusive control over all court entertainment, the accounts and detailed records of the office are a valuable source for information on elaborate court productions from the 15th through the early 18th century. Lyly’s comedies mark an enormous advance upon those of his predecessors in English drama. Their plots are drawn from Classical mythology and legend, and their characters engage in euphuistic speeches redolent of Renaissance pedantry. But the charm and wit
in the city. The old playhouse was one of their few remaining resources, but they could not use it in situ because the lease had expired, so they dismantled it, took the timbers (illegally) to make the skeleton of their new amphitheatre, and kept the basic auditorium shape of The Theatre for the new building. Actor Sir Ian McKellen pointing to an excavation site believed to contain the foundations of The Theatre, the first successful amphitheatre in London. The site was unearthed in 2008. Tim
humankind is absolved of its guilt and reconciled one to another and to whatever powers that be. Other than Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare did not experiment with formal tragedy in his early years. (Though his English history plays from this period portrayed tragic events, their theme was focused elsewhere.) The young playwright was drawn more quickly into comedy, and with more immediate success. For this his models include the dramatists Robert Greene and John Lyly, along with Thomas Nashe.