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Shakespeare: The Comedies; A Collection of Critical Essays
Shakespeare The Comedies A Collection of Critical Essays Author:Kenneth Muir Despite differences between Shakespeare's time and ours in language, in taste, in mores, his comedies still produce that sure sign of success -- uninhibited laughter. — But, as the critics in this volume ably contend, the world of Shakespearean comedy is made of more than make-believe, quick action, and brilliant repartee. Shakespeare's g... more »enius was to probe, delicately but deeply, subtle and enduring characteristics of humanity. Each play is set in a land of its own, yet through these lands move characters recognizable in our own world. The reality of these characters is only enhanced by ethereal creatures of the imagination like Puck and Ariel, who weave about them poetic merriment unsurpassed in comic literature.
Among the essays in this volume are:
As You Like It -- Helen Gardner
The Winter's Tale -- Derek Traversi
Helena -- G. Wilson Knight
Shakespeare's Method: The Merchant of Venice -- J. Middleton Murry
Twentieth Century Views series S-TC-47: The aim of this series is to present the best in contemporary critical opinion on major authors, providing a twentieth century perspective on their changing status in an era of profound revaluation.
A Spectrum Book, LCCN 65-20606 / 65020606, Dewey Class No.: 822.33, ASINs: B000GNVTFQ, B000J2HVVA, B000JRKRL6« less