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The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merry Wives of Windsor (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Annotated edition)

By Shakespeare, William
Edited by Mowat, Dr. Barbara A.
Edited by Werstine, Paul, PhD.

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The authoritative edition of The Merry Wives of Windsor from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers. Shakespeare's merry wives are Mistress Ford and Mistress Page of the town of Windsor. The two play practic...al jokes on Mistress Ford's jealous husband and a visiting knight, Sir John Falstaff. Merry wives, jealous husbands, and predatory knights were common in a kind of play called citizen comedy or city comedy. In such plays, courtiers, gentlemen, or knights use social superiority to seduce citizens' wives. The Windsor wives, though, do not follow that pattern. Instead, Falstaff's offer of himself as lover inspires their torment of him. Falstaff responds with the same linguistic facility that Shakespeare gives him in the history plays in which he appears, making him the hero of the play for many audiences. This edition includes: -Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play -Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play -Scene-by-scene plot summaries -A key to the play's famous lines and phrases -An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language -An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play -Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books -An annotated guide to further reading Essay by Natasha Korda The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit Folger.edu.
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ISBN 9781982156886
Released AU 5 May 2020
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Annotated edition
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ISBN-13 9781982156886
Stock Available
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Imprint Simon & Schuster
Released 5 May 2020
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Annotated edition
Edition Annotated edition
Author(s) By Shakespeare, William
Edited by Mowat, Dr. Barbara A.
Edited by Werstine, Paul, PhD.
Series Folger Shakespeare Library
Category Shakespeare plays, texts
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 213mm
Spine: 18mm
Dewey Code 822.33
Weight 361g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
NBS Text Drama Texts, Plays & Screenplays
ONIX Text General/trade