Love's Labor's Lost

Simon and Schuster, 23 . 2011 . - : 352
At first glance, Shakespeares early comedy Loves Labors Lost simply entertains and amuses. Four young men (one of them a king) withdraw from the world for three years, taking an oath that they will have nothing to do with women. The King of Navarre soon learns, however, that the Princess of France and her ladies are about to arrive. Although he lodges them outside of his court, all four men fall in love with the ladies, abandoning their oaths and setting out to win their hands.

The laughter triggered by this story is augmented by subplots involving a braggart soldier, a clever page, illiterate servants, a parson, a schoolmaster, and a constable so dull that he is named Dull. Letters and poems are misdelivered, confessions are overheard, entertainments are presented, and language is played with, and misused, by the ignorant and learned alike.

At a deeper level, Loves Labors Lost also teases the mind. The men begin with the premise that women either are seductresses or goddesses. The play soon makes it clear, however, that the reality of male-female relations is different. That women are not identical to mens images of them is a common theme in Shakespeares plays. In Loves Labors Lost it receives one of its most pressing examinations.

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-An annotated guide to further reading

Essay by William C. Carroll

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Love's labor's lost

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This pair of comedies join Penguins newly revamped "Pelican Shakespeare" series. Like the others in the line, these offer the full text of the play plus scholarly notes, an introduction, and other goodies. Outstanding for the price.

Review: Love's Labor's Lost

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When the king issues a decree of monastic discipline on his country and attendants and all must forswear love/contact with the opposite sex, it is immediately apparent that no one, including the king ...

Editors Preface
ix
Shakespeares Loves Labors Lost
xiii
Loves Labors Lost
xv
Shakespeares Life
xxvii
Shakespeares Theater
xxxviii
The Publication of Shakespeares Plays
xlvii
An Introduction to This Text
li
Text of the Play with Commentary
1
ACT 4 Scene 1
83
ACT 4 Scene 2
95
ACT 4 Scene 3
107
ACT 5 Scene 1
139
ACT 5 Scene 2
147
Appendix
223
Longer Notes
227
Textual Notes
245

ACT 1 Scene 1
7
ACT 1 Scene 2
27
ACT 2 Scene 1
41
ACT 3 Scene 1
65
A Modern Perspective
253
Further Reading
269
Key to Famous Lines and Phrases
289

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William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, on Englands Avon River. When he was eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. The couple had three childrenan older daughter Susanna and twins, Judith and Hamnet. Hamnet, Shakespeares only son, died in childhood. The bulk of Shakespeares working life was spent in the theater world of London, where he established himself professionally by the early 1590s. He enjoyed success not only as a playwright and poet, but also as an actor and shareholder in an acting company. Although some think that sometime between 1610 and 1613 Shakespeare retired from the theater and returned home to Stratford, where he died in 1616, others believe that he may have continued to work in London until close to his death.

Barbara A. Mowat is Director of Research emerita at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Consulting Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, and author of The Dramaturgy of Shakespeares Romances and of essays on Shakespeares plays and their editing.

Paul Werstine is Professor of English at the Graduate School and at Kings University College at Western University. He is a general editor of the New Variorum Shakespeare and author of Early Modern Playhouse Manuscripts and the Editing of Shakespeare and of many papers and articles on the printing and editing of Shakespeares plays.