Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure

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The Norton Critical Edition is based on the 1623 First Folio text, the only authoritative edition of the play. The editor has modernized spelling but preserves, for the most part, the original lineation and characteristically heavy punctuation. The text of Measure for Measure is accompanied by a full introduction, a note on the text, textual variants, and related illustrations.

"Sources" considers the probable, primary, and analogous sources Shakespeare drew upon while composing Measure for Measure, including excerpts from G. B. Giraldi Cinthio's Hecatommithi and The Tragedy of Epitia, King James I's Basilikon Doron, and-most directly-George Whetstone's The History of Promos and Cassandra.

"Criticism" collects seventeen important commentaries on Measure for Measure spanning four centuries, including, among others, those by Alexander Pope, Charlotte Lennox, Samuel Johnson, Elizabeth Inchbald, A. C. Bradley, G. Wilson Knight, Jonathan Dollimore, and Marliss C. Desens.

"Adaptations and Responses" reprints alternative versions of the play: William D'avenant's The Law Against Lovers (1662), Charles Gildon's Measure of Measure, or, Beauty the Best Advocate (1700), and Charles Marowitz's postmodern version (1975).

A Selected Bibliography is also included.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 135 x 213 x 15mm | 266g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Critical
  • Critical edition
  • 0393931714
  • 9780393931716
  • 320,030

Table of contents

List of Illustrations
The Text of Measure for Measure
A Note on the Text
Textual Variants
1. Giraldi Cinthio : From Hecatommithi
1. : From The Tragedy of Epitia
1. George Whetstone : From Promos and Cassandra
2. King James I : From Basilikon Doron [The King's Gift]
1. Thomas Lupton : From The Second Part of Too Good to Be True
2. Barnaby Rich : From The Adventures of Brusanus
1. Alexander Pope : From Preface to The Works of Shakespear
2. Charlotte Lennox : From Shakespear Illustrated
3. Samuel Johnson : From Preface to The Plays of William Shakespeare and Comments on Measure for Measure
4. Elizabeth Inchbald : From Remarks on Measure for Measure
5. William Hazlitt : From Characters of Shakespear's Plays
6. S. T. Coleridge : From Table Talk
1. : From Literary Remains
8. Frederick S. Boas : The Problem: Plays and Measure for Measure
9. A. C. Bradley : From Shakespearean Tragedy
10. Algernon Swinburne : From Shakespeare
11. G. Wilson Knight : From The Wheel of Fire
12. J. W. Lever : The Date of Measure for Measure
13. Rosalind Miles : From The Problem of Measure for Measure
14. Jonathan Dollimore : Transgression and Surveillance in Measure for Measure
15. Kathleen McLuskie : From The Patriarchal Bard: Feminist Criticism and Shakespeare: King Lear and Measure for Measure
16. Daniel Massey : The Duke in Measure for Measure
17. Marliss C. Desens : From The Bed-Trick in English Renaissance Drama
1. William D'Avenant : From The Law against Lovers
2. Charles Gildon : From Measure for Measure, or, Beauty the Best Advocate
3. Charles Marowitz : From Measure for Measure
Selected Bibliography
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About William Shakespeare

Grace Ioppolo is the founder and director of the Henslowe-Alleyn Digitisation Project and is Professor of Shakespearean and Early Modern Drama in the Department of English and American Literature at the University of Reading, England. She is the author of Dramatists and Their Manuscripts in the Age of Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton, and Heywood: Authorship, Authority, and the Playhouse (2006) and Revising Shakespeare (1991). She has edited Shakespeare's King Lear for Norton and has published widely on textual transmission, the history of the book and literary and historical manuscripts, most recently as the co-editor of Elizabeth I and the Culture of Writing (2007). She is the General Editor of The Collected Works of Thomas Heywood, forthcoming 2012-15.
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