Twelfth Night: Or, What You Will
Twelfth Night: Or, What You Will

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Annotation: Perfect for high school literature, this edition of Shakespeare's play offers updated bibliographies, suggested references, and stage and film history.
Catalog Number: #307803
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 1998
Edition Date: 1998
Pages: lxxi, 188 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-451-52676-7 Perma-Bound: 0-605-38861-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-451-52676-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-38861-1
Dewey: 822.3
LCCN: 97069697
Dimensions: 18 cm.
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Language: English
Horn Book
Each Shakespearean play is retold as a short story with a condensed plot and thin characterizations, and Shakespeare's language is completely missing. Still, those seeking accessible summaries of the plays may find the books in this series a good place to start, and the black-and-white and color illustrations--delicate for Romeo and Juliet and cartoonish for Twelfth Night--are nicely suited to each volume. [Review covers these Shakespeare Collection titles: Much Ado about Nothing, Twelth Night, Antony and Cleopatra, and Romeo and Juliet.]
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5 These series titles aim to make the Bard's words accessible via free-prose adaptations. The formulaic retellings convey the plot lines of two popular comedies, but all evidence of his poetic genius is missing. Instead, modern slang expressions and/or clichés, such as Toby Belch's complaining of Olivia's "mooching around gloomy rooms" and Andrew's dancing "like a drunken flamingo," replace Shakespeare's more fluid language, trivializing his words. The characters are all included, introduced through pictures at the beginning of each volume, but all but the two main ones remain completely two-dimensional, and the relationships among them are unclear. This is particularly true in Much Ado, a complicated story with incidental characters whose purpose in the play is difficult to discern. For instance, Conrad and Borachio suddenly appear, but there is little sense as to why they are part of the plot against Claudio. The cartoon watercolor renderings, alternating between black-and-white and color, vary from quarter- to half-page in size and suggest the style used by animators. Thus, while they do reinforce the stories, there is a sameness among them, adding to the lack of character development. In fact the characters' images could be interchanged, even between plays, without much confusion. These books are no substitute either for the originals or even for Marchette Chute's classic Stories from Shakespeare (World, 1956; o.p.). Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 175-188).
Reading Level: 11.0
Interest Level: 9+

The Signet Classics edition of William Shakespeare's comedy of lovers misled.

Romantic folly and false identites abound as an unusual love triangle takes the stage in this play about Orsino, the infatuated Duke of Illyria; Olivia, the countess he pursues; and Viola, the woman disguised as a man who comes between them.

This revised Signet Classics edition includes unique features such as:

• An overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater
• A special introduction to the play by the editor, Herschel Baker
• Selections from Barnabe Rich, Of Apolonius and Silla, the source from which Shakespeare derived Twelfth Night
• Dramatic criticism from Samuel Johnson, William Hazlitt, Charles Lamb, and others
• A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions
• Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable text
• And more...

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