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Four Great Comedies: Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, The Tempest (Signet Classic)
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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Sep 08, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
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
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.
May 01, 2009 John McLaughlin rated it it was amazing · 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.
William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been tr ...moreMore about William Shakespeare...