Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

or, What You Will

Written by:
Edited by: Hershel Baker

Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101143506
  • 264 Pages
  • Signet
  • Adult


Set in a topsy-turvy world like a holiday revel, this comedy devises a romantic plot around separated twins, misplaced passions, and mistaken identity. Juxtaposed to it is the satirical story of a self-deluded steward who dreams of becoming “Count Malvolio” only to receive his comeuppance at the hands of the merrymakers he wishes to suppress. The two plots combine to create a farce touched with melancholy, mixed throughout with seductively beautiful explorations on the themes of love and time, and the play ends, not with laughter, but with a clown’s sad song.

Each Edition Includes:
• Comprehensive explanatory notes
• Vivid introductions and the most up-to-date scholarship
• Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary readers to understand the Elizabethan English
• Completely updated, detailed bibliographies and performance histories
• An interpretive essay on film adaptations of the play, along with an extensive filmography
Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Written by: William Shakespeare, Edited by: Hershel Baker

Table of Contents

Twelfth Night – William Shakespeare – Edited by Herschel Baker Samuel Johnson: From The Plays of William Shakespeare
William Hazlitt: From Characters of Shakespeare?s Plays
Charles Lamb: On the Character of Malvolio
Harley Granville-Barker: Director?s Preface
Linda Bamber: Comedy, Women, and Development
Robert Kimbrough: Androgyny in ?Twelfth Night?
Sylvan Barnet: ?Twelfth Night? on the Stage

Jean E. Howard: Cross-dressing in ?Twelfth Night?