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Book Title: Le commedie romantiche (Teatro completo Vol. 2)|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 37.46 MB
v The author of the book: William Shakespeare
Edition: A. Mondadori
Date of issue: 2005
ISBN 13: 9788804551027
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Read full description of the books Le commedie romantiche (Teatro completo Vol. 2):Many years ago I foolishly bet one of my drinking comapnions in a bar that Shakespeare's "The Tempest" was *not* a comedy. Since this was in the years before the Internet, the bet was settled by crossing the street to a local bookstore and finding a book which purported to be an “authority” on Shakespeare. I lost, because my opponent was smart enough to find an author with a traditionalist view of the line between tragedy and comedy (no one dies: it’s a comedy). Had we been fortunate enough to locate this volume, it would have provided us with the concept of “tragi-comedy” and we’d have had a whole new argument to settle.
I bring that up because it seems to me that the real value of this edition of four Shakespeare plays is the analysis provided by David Bevington and his fellow-editors, not so much the texts of the plays themselves. These are, by and large, among the least-readable of Shakespeare’s works. They need to be seen in performance, not read alone, and this volume really is too unwieldy to work as a script for putting on performances. But, there is a good introduction to each play, some material on the history of their performance, details on the sources Shakespeare used to create the plays, and other tidbits like memorable lines and suggestions for further reading, all of which make this a useful addition to the Shakespeare fan’s collection.
Of the plays, my favorite remains “The Tempest,” which I take it was the last one Shakespeare wrote. It deals with questions of the New World and with magic and fantasy as well as the proper relationship between parent and offspring, when the child has matured to the point of independence. It is also the source-text for the science fiction classic “The Forbidden Planet,” so how could I fail to like it? After that, for me “Cymbelline” is a very good story of a man who, like Othello, unwisely doubts his mate’s chastity, but avoids the dire fate of that play’s protagonist. “The Winter’s Tale” is a good one that really needs to be seen to be appreciated, and “Pericles” has never made any sense to me at all. As the editors suggest, there are themes in all of them that suggest Shakespeare was coming to terms with his own maturity, especially questions of the proper relationship between fathers and daughters, aging husbands and their wives.
Read information about the authorWilliam Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon. Scholars believe that he died on his fifty-second birthday, coinciding with St George’s Day.
At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.
Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1590 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century. Next he wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest examples in the English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights. Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime, and in 1623, two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare's.
Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century. The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare's genius, and the Victorians hero-worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called "bardolatry". In the twentieth century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance. His plays remain highly popular today and are consistently performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.
According to historians, Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets throughout the span of his life. Shakespeare's writing average was 1.5 plays a year since he first started writing in 1589. There have been plays and sonnets attributed to Shakespeare that were not authentically written by the great master of language and literature.
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