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“They do not love that do not show their love.”
—Two Gentlemen of Verona

Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of the classic comedy of courtship and delicious rivalry.


• an original Introduction to Two Gentlemen of Verona
• incisive scene-by-scen
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Modern Library (first published 1594)
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Barry Pierce
There is literally a whole monologue in which a guy complains about his dog pissing on everything.
Bill  Kerwin

Early in Two Gentlemen of Verona, a character refers to a "shallow tale of deep love," but the play he himself inhabits is something worse, at least where the affection of these two gentlemen are concerned: it is a shallow tale of shallow love.

Proteus shifts his love from one woman to another as quickly as he changes cities, and Valentine is prepared to give up the woman he loves to his friend Proteus, a person who has betrayed his trust and threatened his beloved with rape, all because Proteus
Riku Sayuj

The Two Cads of Verona

Will’s first tentative venture - and it tells a lot about the play that one of the reasons it is considered so is precisely because of the quality of the play! The critics just couldn’t imagine that Shakespeare would stumble and stoop and be so clumsy once he knew his way around the theater. What can I say, it was cute. Yup, cute, if I should leave it at that, and more if I need not...

Friendship, Betrayal, Love, Displacement and finally Reconciliation: these themes are pr
This one was promising when it started out. The premise is essentially: two overprivileged self-centered teenage boys (Valentine and Proteus) go on study abroad. They are of course polar opposite best friends, natch, with very silly personal servants to comment on their even sillier masters' actions. One of them is a believer in the Power of Love and wants to stay home with the lady he SWOONS, he DIES for (for awhile anyway....), the other one doesn't believe in love and wants to go off adventur ...more
Hailey (HailsHeartsNyc)
This is probably one of, if not my least favourite of Shakespeare's plays I've read thus far. I don't know if it was the storyline or the characters, but something about it just was not enjoyable for me.
Jul 13, 2016 Carmo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teatro, inglaterra, pdf
Uma das primeiras peças de Shakespeare; levezinha e divertida, mas ainda muito aquém dos trabalhos posteriores.
Uma história centrada em amores, ciúmes e traições, temas recorrentes no futuro, assim como as mulheres disfarçadas de homens. Eram arrojadas e cheias de iniciativa estas heroínas, nada de acordo com o universo feminino da época.
E também muito espertas, levavam sempre a melhor aos cavalheiros. Muito perspicaz o Sr. Shakespeare.
Feb 10, 2010 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Proteus (center) engages the Duke (left) and Thurio (right) in philosophical musings about the merits of bejeweled codpieces, roofies, and girls who cross-dress: Hot or Not? Not pictured: Valentine a.k.a The Wing Man.

Mar 04, 2013 Kurt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I should start by saying that I am not, in general, a Shakespeare fan. I've read a few of his plays in high school and college, but I have never just read one on my own time. A friend landed the role of Valentine in a Chesapeake Shakespeare Company production, though, and I decided to read the play before showing up in the audience to support my friend (I had a disastrous trip to a Shakespeare in the Park production in Boston once, during which I understood almost nothing of what was happening a ...more
Jan 28, 2008 Scott rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
Shakespeare is great for a reason. Unfortunately, the Two Gentlemen of Verona is not it. Like all Shakespeare comedies, this comedy bends the rules for comedy, and yet, as it veers off into what could potentially have been a darker twist on the human condition snuck into a mad-cap farce, Shakespeare ties the plot together too glibly to be believed. People who had been lying rascals are forgiven instantly, lovers who had been scorned too easily accept apologies, and friends betrayed gloss over th ...more
Feb 05, 2016 Jaksen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm on a mission to read as many of Shakespeare's plays as I can. Having read many in high school, then later in college, I want to read some of those which I 'missed.' Starting with this one, The Two Gentleman of Verona, as it's believed by many to be one of the earliest plays, if not the very first.

As I read - a slightly annotated version - I am also reading a companion book alongside, which offers historical info, insights into the writing, interpretation, etc. It's been helpful. What is also
While The Two Gentlemen of Verona is likely the Bard at his consummate worst, it is also one of his early plays, and is not without enjoyment in its own right. Herein is the early development of some of his major themes in comedy: disguise, homosocial relations, friendship, betrayal, misguided love. The play, which centers on two Veronese men, Proteus and Valentine, and their respective loves Julia and Silvia. The drama emerges from the two men's simultaneous pursuit for Silvia, and the resoluti ...more
Jan 22, 2013 Janebbooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back around the turn of the 21st century, I opened an used bookstore, mainly mysteries, in a small Southern town and often wished someone would write book and play reviews for our weekday local newspaper. We had a glorious and intimate opera house that had been renovated to maintain its late Victorian structure. We had a director who was well aware that even though small in population, the presence of a four-year liberal arts college provided an audience for Shakespeare plays. To increase the at ...more
Mary Ronan Drew
Jan 29, 2012 Mary Ronan Drew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently spent an hour or two with my pal, Will. Mr Shakespeare and I are getting to know one another much better, lately. I call him Will and he calls me Marye. I read in school what they made me read of his work, I read or (mostly) re-read some of the plays over the decades, and a few years ago I read the sonnets. Most of the sonnets. I like sonnets. I’ve always loved structure.

But recently I’ve decided to read all of the plays. Imagine my surprise when I found some new ones. I really did th
Jan 12, 2013 Alan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Launce and his dog Crab are among the funniest scenes Shakespeare ever wrote, so this early play is proof of my claim that Shakespeare's a naturally comedic writer. Yes, he learned to write resonant, exalted lines from
Marlowe, but he seemed not to have imitated any specific comic writer except Plautus, who has no dog scenes I have ever read--though I did not read all of Plautus in my graduate Latin course on him.
In my Shakespeare course for several years I began with TGV; in fact, a couple year
Apr 24, 2016 Marivl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teatro
Una de las tempranas obras de Shakespeare, bastante ligera y muy amena que se centra en cuestiones sobre la amistad, el amor y la traición de ambos sentimientos. Aunque en mi opinión, se produce un bajón terrible hacia el final de esta obra, la última escena del quinto acto, porque la resolución del conflicto presentado resulta demasiado simplista y apresurado. (view spoiler) ...more
I've now read this twice and I enjoyed it much more the second time round. Though I still hate Proteus with all my heart. Neither the best nor worst of Shakespeare's plays.
Sep 16, 2013 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-lit, plays
I do not seek to quench your love's hot fire,
But qualify the fire's extreme rage,
Lest it should burn above the bounds of reason.
Lucetta, Act II, Scene VII

I imagine Abbot and Costello performing dramatic devices from The Merchant of Venice for an idea which wouldn't fully mature until Romeo & Juliet.

Shakespeare's tale of romantic love may seem like shallow entertainment. However, as in most Shakespeare pieces, he weaves fundamental and universal elements of the human condition into this humor
Fatma Küçük
Jan 18, 2016 Fatma Küçük rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Sylvia'yı görmezsem, ışık ışık olabilir mi?
Sylvia yanımda olmazsa, ne işe yarar neşe?
Geceleri Sylvia'nın yanında olmadıkça,
Müzik yoktur bülbül şakımasında,
Gündüzleri Sylvia'yı seyretmedikçe
Görülecek hiçbir gün yoktur bana.
O benim varoluşumdur; ben, ben olamam,
Onun saf etkisi altında beslenmedikçe, aydınlanmadıkça,
Onun tarafından ağırlanmadıkça yaşayamam.

Bu satırları okuyunca bu kitaba aşık olmamak imkansız. Çok iyi kurgulanmış bir olay örgüsü ama finali zayıf bulduğumu söylemeliyim. Üstad Sha
Apr 01, 2008 Roland rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shakespeare
OK, so Shakespeare's the great genius of the English language, and I'm certainly not going to argue with the how this was written. I will, however, state that the ending to this play sucks ass. I was shocked at how quickly everything was wrapped up, with everyone making nice with each other and no hard feelings, despite the fact that there was betrayal, broken hearts, and even what might be seen as an attempted rape. Come on now. Shakespeare's great, but the ending turned me off so much that I c ...more
حياة الياقوت
هذه من أوائل مسرحيات شكسبير، لذلك على القارئ ألا يتوقع شيئا مذهلا.
لكن من المفيد قراءتها للتعرف على كيفية تطور أسلوب الكاتب -أي كاتب- مع الوقت، وتطور أدواته، وأفكاره أيضا.
الترجمة ليست كما ينبغي. كان لدي حينما كنت في الثانوية ترجمةأفضل (ترجمة دار الكتب العلمية)، وكل مرة أبدأ في قراءتها ولا أكملها، ثم تبرعت بالكتاب مع جملة من الكتب.
الآن فقط صرت أتمنى لو أني أبقيت تلك النسخة.

عندي شعور أن شخصية روميو فيها شبه من بروتيو في هذه المسرحية. العابث الغارق في الحب، الذي كان يحب جوليا، ثم صار يجب سيلفيا. قد
Jan 06, 2015 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, shakespeare
This is the first play I've read as a part of the 2015 daily reading plan for Shakespeare I found online, which is mostly chronological but puts, say, the Henry VI plays in historical order rather than the order they were written. This plan devotes the weekends to reading the poems and sonnets in snippets so short that I've almost concluded after one weekend that it's not worth it, so I may rearrange those "assignments" or leave them til the end.

My aim in following the plan is to even out my kn
There are some sublime passages in this play and I really enjoyed reading it but that ending, oh boy. I've been sticking it to Jane Austen for years for her horribly mangled and completely sewn-up endings and so I can't really ignore it in the Bard; to say it let the rest of the play down is an understatement.

Clearly Valentine should have fought Thurio and died. Then Proteus, defending his friend far too late, should have killed Thurio (and then died himself, natch). Julia and Silvia could have
Jun 05, 2014 sabisteb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
For love, thou know’st, is full of jealousy.

William Shakespeares Debutstück „The Two Gentlemen of Verona” ist eher unbekannt, und das zu recht, denn, es ist einfach nur unglaublich schlecht. Der Plot an den Haare herbeigezogen und eine Charakterisierung der Figuren gibt es nicht wirklich oder sie ist einfach nur unglaubwürdig, hölzern, dümmlich.

Da ist zu einen Valentin, der anders als sein Name vermuten lässt, so gar nichts von Liebe hält. Valentin reist nach Verona den Hof des dortigen Herrsche
Aug 21, 2009 Christina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I saw a production of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” when we arrived in Montana that was set during the nineteenth century and unfortunately was lost in translation. I picked up my copy of the play because I wanted to flesh out something of the things that were confusing — scene changes that didn’t happen, voices that where muddled due to a lack of microphones — and give this comedy of errors a second chance.

Two friends, Valentine and Proteus, begin this tale with a farewell in Verona; Valentine
Oct 27, 2013 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The sexism strikes again. Apparently only a silent woman is a good woman. There was one whole monologue I almost typed up in which every word was delivered by a misogynist and which made me want to stop reading, but since I trust in Shakespeare I read on. Sadly I was disappointed. Because the woman (property of father, sold, given to another man to own, and no matter how often they tell them no the men just keep coming or more precise, the one does) can only try to reclaim their life by running ...more
Jul 31, 2011 Phil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay - the start of my plan to read the works of Shakespeare in the order they were written - inbetween lighter reading.

Well, I was expecting this to be rubbish. Regarded as the earliest play of WS's we know of and a light comedy that's extremely rarely performed. But I thought that it was unexpectedly good. The language is very easy to read, some of the love poetry is beautiful and the plot, although simple and derivative is easy to follow - Shakespeare's oft-used ploy of women disguised as boy
Aug 04, 2009 Olivia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review of this play was forestalled by my vacation, so now I'm looking back at this and thinking four stars, really? In retrospect it's probably a three, but I'll let my original impression hold. Certainly this play is enjoyable and odd - and enjoyably odd - notable for having many of Shakespeare's comedy tropes present in embryonic form: a young man, resolved to avoid the absurdities of love, immediately falls prey to a woman's charms; a woman disguises herself as a man and serves her love a ...more
Jul 08, 2012 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Those who find this to be a lesser play of Shakespeare's, I would claim, are looking for it to be something rather different than it is; it is not a piece of pure entertainment. Shakespeare is really doing the Spenserian sort of probing into the moral content of the concept of friendship, and asking his audience how far is too far, before allowing the elastic of the plot to snap back before it breaks (and it literally almost breaks into a rape scene!). Julia loves Proteus who loves Sylvia who lo ...more
Garrett Cash
This play begins my prolonged study of the man considered to be the greatest writer in the English language, Mr. William Shakespeare. I first discovered that the Bard was not all about melodramatic lovers in tights committing suicide over each other when I viewed one of Akira Kurosawa’s many masterpieces, Throne of Blood, which sets Macbeth in feudal Japan. Because I discovered then that Shakespeare could use some serious murder, betrayal, and loads of violence I have wanted to study Shakespeare ...more
Feb 21, 2012 Kailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: weighty-classics
Here's my favorite quote:
"Cease to lament what thou canst not help,
And study help for that which thou lament'st.
Time is the nurse and breeder of all good."

Well, it's a good play, and funny in parts. I dislike the banter between the servantmen; Serves no purpose in furthering the story. There are some very pretty lines and good scenes. Valentine and Silvia are excellent, admirable characters. All in all, though, not my favorite play.


I hate Proteus! What a jerk!
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