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Shakespeare Study Programs; The Comedies   By: (1859-1942)

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In "Shakespeare Study Programs; The Comedies" by Charlotte Endymion Porter, readers are offered a comprehensive and insightful analysis of William Shakespeare's comedic plays. As an established scholar in Shakespearean studies, Porter delves into the intricate complexities of the comedies, providing readers with a detailed framework for better understanding and appreciating these works.

One of the book's strengths lies in Porter's ability to break down each play individually, offering an in-depth examination of its plot, characters, themes, and language. This approach not only assists readers in comprehending the unique qualities of each comedy but also allows for a deeper exploration of the Bard's theatrical brilliance.

Porter's writing style is both engaging and accessible, making this book not only suitable for seasoned Shakespeare enthusiasts but also for those new to his works. The author expertly balances academic analysis with clear explanations, ensuring that readers from all backgrounds can navigate and appreciate the text.

Moreover, the book's organization and structure are commendable. Each chapter is dedicated to a specific comedy, with a consistent format that aids in ease of reference and understanding. Porter skillfully interweaves her own interpretations with other notable scholars' perspectives, creating a rich tapestry of critical thought that invites readers to form their own opinions.

Additionally, "Shakespeare Study Programs; The Comedies" goes beyond textual analysis and delves into the historical and social context in which these plays were written. Porter sheds light on the cultural influences of Elizabethan England, providing readers with a broader appreciation of the witty wordplay, social hierarchies, and gender dynamics present in Shakespeare's comedies.

While the book is undoubtedly valuable for its meticulous analysis, it may be worth noting that its focus solely on the comedies may disappoint readers seeking an equally comprehensive exploration of Shakespeare's tragedies or histories. However, as a standalone study dedicated to the comedies, Porter's work is impeccable.

In conclusion, "Shakespeare Study Programs; The Comedies" is an impressive scholarly contribution that illuminates the genius of William Shakespeare's comedic works. Charlotte Endymion Porter's expertise in Shakespearean studies is evident on each page, providing readers with an authoritative and entertaining exploration of these timeless plays. This book is a must-have for anyone who wishes to delve deeper into the intricacies and brilliance of Shakespeare's comedies.

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Authors of The Tragedies Editors of the Pembroke Shakespeare , the First Folio Shakespeare , Poet Lore , etc.

Boston: Richard G. Badger Toronto: The Copp Clark Co., Limited The Gorham Press, Boston, U.S.A.

[Illustration: ARTI et VERITATI]


The Shakespeare Study Programs appeared originally in Poet Lore . They have met with marked favor, and have been reprinted as the back numbers went out of print. The steady demand for these programs prompts the present issue in book form. Several new programs have been added, and those reprinted have been revised.

The references in this volume are to the "First Folio Edition" of Shakespeare, edited by Charlotte Porter.

"Criticism is the endeavour to find, to know, to love, to recommend not only the best, but all the good that has been known and thought and written in the world. ... It shows how to grasp and how to enjoy;... it helps the ear to listen when the horns of England blow."

GEORGE SAINTSBURY, "History of Criticism."


The Comedie of Errors

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Taming of the Shrew

Love's Labour's Lost

Much Adoe About Nothing

A Midsommer Nights Dreame

The Merchant of Venice

The Merry Wives of Windsor

As You Like It

Twelfe Night

The Tempest

The Winter's Tale


In the Summer of 1594 a translation of a Latin Farce by the Roman Dramatist, Plautus, was made ready for publication in London... Continue reading book >>

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