Twelfth Night

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 23, 2011 - Performing Arts - 272 pages
Named for the twelfth night after Christmas, the end of the Christmas season, Twelfth Night plays with love and power. The Countess Olivia, a woman with her own household, attracts Duke (or Count) Orsino. Two other would-be suitors are her pretentious steward, Malvolio, and Sir Andrew Aguecheek.

Onto this scene arrive the twins Viola and Sebastian; caught in a shipwreck, each thinks the other has drowned. Viola disguises herself as a male page and enters Orsino's service. Orsino sends her as his envoy to Olivia—only to have Olivia fall in love with the messenger. The play complicates, then wonderfully untangles, these relationships.

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Contents

Editors Preface
ix
Shakespeares Twelfth Night or What You Will
xiii
Reading Shakespeares Language
xiv
Shakespeares Life
xxvi
Shakespeares Theater
xxxiv
The Publication of Shakespeares Plays
xliii
An Introduction to This Text
xlvii
Text of the Play with Commentary
1
ACT 2 Scene 4
67
ACT 2 Scene 5
75
ACT 3 Scene 1
91
ACT 3 Scene 2
103
ACT 3 Scene 3
107
ACT 3 Scene 4
111
ACT 4 Scene 1
141
ACT 4 Scene 2
145

ACT 1 Scene 1
7
ACT 1 Scene 2
9
ACT 1 Scene 3
15
ACT 1 Scene 4
23
ACT 1 Scene 5
25
ACT 2 Scene 1
49
ACT 2 Scene 2
51
ACT 2 Scene 3
55
ACT 4 Scene 3
155
ACT 5 Scene 1
161
Textual Notes
191
A Modern Perspective
197
Further Reading
209
Key to Famous Lines and Phrases
221
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About the author (2011)

William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, on England’s Avon River. When he was eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. The couple had three children—an older daughter Susanna and twins, Judith and Hamnet. Hamnet, Shakespeare’s only son, died in childhood. The bulk of Shakespeare’s working life was spent in the theater world of London, where he established himself professionally by the early 1590s. He enjoyed success not only as a playwright and poet, but also as an actor and shareholder in an acting company. Although some think that sometime between 1610 and 1613 Shakespeare retired from the theater and returned home to Stratford, where he died in 1616, others believe that he may have continued to work in London until close to his death.

Barbara A. Mowat is Director of Research emerita at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Consulting Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, and author of The Dramaturgy of Shakespeare’s Romances and of essays on Shakespeare’s plays and their editing.

Paul Werstine is Professor of English at the Graduate School and at King’s University College at Western University. He is a general editor of the New Variorum Shakespeare and author of Early Modern Playhouse Manuscripts and the Editing of Shakespeare and of many papers and articles on the printing and editing of Shakespeare’s plays.

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