Love, comedy, and false identities take the stage in this play about Orsino, Duke of Illyria; the countess he romantically pursues; and Viola–the woman disguised as a man who comes between them. This Signet edition includes such additional features as an overview of Shakespeare’s life and times; commentary by Samuel Johnson, William Hazlitt, and others; and a stage and screen history.
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
NEWLY ADDED ESSAY: Jean E. Howard: Cross-dressing in ?Twelfth Night?