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Four Great Comedies: Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, The Tempest (Signet Classic)

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The four plays selected for this collection--The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, and The Tempest--represent a significant stage in the development of the world's greatest dramatist.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 21st 1986 by Signet Classics (first published 1625)
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Shakespeare had to have been on drugs when he wrote some of this. It's hilarious and very entertaining. I highly recommend A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night. If you can't get passed how it is written, go see the plays.
I wanted to read "Shrew" before seeing the production at the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, and -- sorry Sras. Santiful, Paffrath, McLeod -- I concluded that Shakespeare is meant to be heard and seen. I understand the language in performance perfectly well. So, I've left myself a dilemma: to finish this volume, or not. Well, I've already purchased a copy of "Othello," and have tickets to see that show, so I think I'll carry on with my reading, but might also rent some DVD's. As for "Shrew," I th...more
Bob Glynn
I only read " A Midsummer Night's Dream" but couldn't figure out how to get only that title on the Goodreads update. I rarely Shakespeare in school, and now I have to teach this play for A level exams. Give me strength, Lord! Still this was much more fun than any Shakespeare play was in high school.
Stacey Betts
Read only Twelfth Night
John McLaughlin
May 01, 2009 John McLaughlin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adult ed readers, for the criticism
Recommended to John by: Athanasios Boulukis, college at Lowell.
Misognyny does not become him - the Taming of the Shrew is a bad play, and 12th Night is sadistic. The other two are excellent, the Tempest crowns the canon.
i have been required to read this book three times now, and it has slowly died away in my mind. "caliban" is an anagram for "canibal," blah blah blah.
c'mon it is Shakespeare they're all good and there are a million books to tell you why. Some will even tell you Shakespeare didn't exist
Emalei (VC)
Out of this I just read Midsummer Night's Dream, and only because I was in the play. I loved it-all the faeries and magic of it.
Meredith Boyle
I loved twelfth Night. It remains my favorite of his comedies
i read tree of the four... and the first two are my favs
Read them all and still cherish every line and character!
Taming of the Shrew was my favorite of the four.
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