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Comedies, Vol. 2 (The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, All's Well That Ends Well, and Measure for Measure) (Everyman's Library)

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Shakespeare’s later comedies were written at the astonishing pace of about two plays a year. In them, he moves beyond the farce of his earlier comedies to richer and more varied dramas. These range from the famous “problem plays,” which blend humor with tragedy, to the idyllic romances set in such timeless locales as the Forest of Arden. They
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Hardcover, 960 pages
Published April 16th 1996 by Everyman's Library (first published 1958)
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James Violand
Aug 28, 2013 James Violand rated it it was amazing
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What can you say that hasn't been said about the works of one of the most brilliant minds who ever lived? All superlatives elude me. Only the Ancient Greek playwrights are his equals. All others pale in comparison. Unfortunately, so many are turned-off to Shakespeare because of their introduction to him in high school. What a pity. Shakespeare is to be watched! Reading him is a poor substitute. If you can readily understand the English language of his day, he is easy to read, but few are adept a ...more
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Mar 14, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing
I reread this in true-to-nerd fashion-- studying before the new Whedon movie comes out! I've read the play twice before in school, and was surprised to find it going down so easily. For some reason, the tragedies were always more easily pictured in my mind. Perhaps it's because I'm older, or because I don't have the extra stressor of not reading it for a class? At any rate, Claudio still doesn't deserve Hero. What an idiot! But do we really read it for Claudio and Hero, anyway? I guess not. It's ...more
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From this book, I have read Twelfth Night which was okay. I then read my two favorite Shakespeare comedies, Merchant of Venice and Much Ado About Nothing. I enjoyed both these comedies and plan to teach at least one of them at the start of the year to 7th graders!
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Jan 29, 2013 Jabari Binder rated it really liked it
A little confused from Shakespearean writing, but after reading it aloud a few times over, I think I've actually understood it, and placed my own humor in what I still could not comprehend. I like reading classical themed books, which have a more vivid tone and drama in them.
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I am rating this play in relation to other Shakespeare's works.

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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 ...more
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