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  • 13 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 144 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.27 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521535168 | ISBN-10: 0521535166)

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Ros King provides a completely new Introduction to the existing text and commentary for this updated edition of The Comedy of Errors. She argues that the play cannot be regarded only as a farcical romp based on a classical model, but should be considered part of a critically misunderstood genre of tragi-comedy. Stressing the play's underlying seriousness, the Introduction pays special attention to its religious imagery. First Edition Hb (1988): 0-521-22153-6 First Edition Pb (1988): 0-521-29368-5


List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Preface to first edition; Abbreviations; Introduction by Ros King: Shakespeare's main source: Plautus's Menaechmi; Shakespeare's first tragicomedy; Shakespeare's schooling and the construction of The Comedy of Errors; Casting the twins; Verse form and metrication; The first known performance: Gray's Inn 1594; Later productions; Note on the text; List of characters; THE PLAY; Appendixes: 1. The performance of 1594; 2. Passages from the Bible; Reading list.


"King's lively introduction and helpful new bibliography constitute a very welcome updating of the Dorsch edition and shed some new light on one of Shakespeare's early comic masterpieces." - The Sixteenth Century Journal Thomas G. Olsen, State University of New York at New Paltz

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