Synopses & Reviews
G. K. Hunter was Founding Professor of English Literature at Warwick University and Emily Sanford Professor of English at Yale University. His publications include editions of King Lear
for The Penguin Shakespeare, English Drama 1586-1642: The Age of Shakespeare
, and Dramatic Identities and Cultural Tradition: Studies in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
. He also wrote John Lyly: The Humanist as Courtier
, widely regarded as the best critical study of Lyly.
The editors introduction includes extensive discussion of the text, date, and source of the play. That the play is only found in 1623s First Folio makes dating it difficult; in his attempt to do so, Wilson uses previous scholarship, including hypotheses that the play was once called Loves Labours Won, and compares the play to 1604s Measure for Measure. A critical introduction of the play first lays out its structure and themes, then discusses the problematic roles of Bertram, Parolles, and Helena, and finally examines the plays unity (or lack thereof). Following the text of Alls Well That Ends Well is an appendix, “Giletta of Narbona” by William Painter, a probable source of the play.
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The Arden Shakespeare is the established edition of Shakespeare's work. Justly celebrated for its authoritative scholarship and invaluable commentary, Arden guides you a richer understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare's plays. This edition of All's Well That Ends Well provides, a clear and authoritative text, detailed notes and commentary on the same page as the text, a full introduction discussing the critical and historical background to the play and appendices presenting sources and relevant extracts.