Synopses & Reviews
The shortest of Shakespeare's comedies is the story of identical twin brothers who are raised apart and then mistaken for each other. This edition includes an extensive overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater; dramatic criticism; a comprehensive state and screen history; and an up-to-date listing of recommended readings. (June)
Hilarious fun, this early comedy is filled with the merry violence of slapstick and farce. When two sets of twins, separated and apparently lost to each other, all end up in the rowdy, rollicking city of Ephesus, the stage is set for mix-ups, mayhem, and mistaken identity--plus the timeless puns, jokes, gags, and suspense that makes this play a wonderful theatrical frolic and a brilliant tour de force of language and laughter.
Table of Contents
August Wilhelm Schlegel: From
Lectures on Dramatic Art and Literature
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: From Shakespearean Criticism
William Hazlitt: From Characters of Shakespeare?s Plays
Etienne Souriau: From The Two Hundred Thousand Dramatic Situations
Bertrand Evans: From Shakespeare?s Comedies
C. L. Barber: From Shakespearian Comedy in ?The Comedy of Errors?
Louise George Clubb: From Italian Comedy and ?The Comedy of Errors?
Harry Levin: ?The Comedy of Errors? on Stage and Screen
NEWLY ADDED ESSAY: Coppelia Kahn: Identity in ?The Comedy of Errors?