Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

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A dazzling display of William Shakespeare's fondness for wit and wordplay, Much Ado About Nothing is a high-spirited comedy, edited with notes by R.A. Foakes, and an introduction by Janet Dillon.'Some, Cupid kills with arrows, some, with traps'Proud, vivacious Beatrice and a high-spirited rake Benedick both claim that they are determined never to marry. But when good-hearted mischief-maker Don Pedro tricks them into believing that each harbours secret feelings for the other, Beatrice and Benedick begin to question whether their witty banter and sharp-tongued repartee conceals something deeper. Schemes abound, misunderstandings proliferate and matches are eventually made in this sparkling and irresistible comedy, famously adapted by Kenneth Branagh in a film starring Keanu Reeves and Emma Thompson.This book contains a general introduction to Shakespeare's life and Elizabethan theatre, a separate introduction to Much Ado About Nothing, a chronology, suggestions for further reading, an essay discussing performance options on both stage and screen, and a commentary.If you enjoyed Much Ado About Nothing, you might like As You Like It, also available in Penguin Shakespeare.'How is it possible that Shakespeare understood the human heart so well?'Saskia Reeves
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 13mm | 168g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 0141396598
  • 9780141396590
  • 285,085

About William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was born in late April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon and died in 1616. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. Stanley Wells is Emeritus Professor of the University of Birmingham and Honorary President of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.Janette Dillon is Professor of Drama at the University of Nottingham.
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Praise for "William Shakespeare: Complete Works: " A feast of literary and historical information. " The Wall Street Journal"" Praise for William Shakespeare: Complete Works: "A feast of literary and historical information." --The Wall Street Journal
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