Love's Labour's Lost


Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781500875909

Category: Drama

Page: 124

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Complete Version Top 100 Books - Drama Love's Labour's Lost by William Shakespeare Love's Labour's Lost is one of William Shakespeare's early comedies, believed to have been written in the mid-1590s for a performance at the Inns of Court before Queen Elizabeth. It follows the King of Navarre and his three companions as they attempt to foreswear the company of women for three years of study and fasting, and their subsequent infatuation with the Princess of Aquitaine and her ladies. In an untraditional ending for a comedy, the play closes with the death of the Princess's father, and all weddings are delayed for a year. The play draws on themes of masculine love and desire, reckoning and rationalization, and reality versus fantasy. Though first published in quarto in 1598, the play's title page suggests a revision of an earlier version of the play. While there are no obvious sources for the play's plot, the four main characters are loosely based on historical figures. The use of apostrophes in the play's title varies in early editions, though it is most commonly given as Love's Labour's Lost. The historical personages portrayed and the political situation in Europe relating to the setting and action of the play were familiar to Shakespeare's audiences. Scholars suggest that the play lost popularity as these historical and political portrayals of Navarre's court became dated and less accessible to theatergoers of later generations. The play's sophisticated wordplay, pedantic humour and dated literary allusions may also be reasons for its relative obscurity, as compared with Shakespeare's more popular works. Love's Labour's Lost was staged rarely in the 19th century, but it has been seen more often in the 20th and 21st centuries, with productions by both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, among others. It has also been adapted as a musical, an opera, for radio and television and as a musical film.

Love's Labour's Lost

Critical Essays


Author: Felicia Hardison Londré

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780815338888

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 476

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First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Love,s Labour,s Lost


Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781721871476


Page: 250

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Love, s Labour, s Lost By William Shakespea

The Great Feast of Language in "Love's Labour's Lost"


Author: William C. Carroll

Publisher: Princeton Legacy Library

ISBN: 9780691644080

Category: Drama

Page: 294

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This book contends that in Love's Labour's Lost Shakespeare sought to discover the ways in which the imagination uses and abuses language. The author's critical reading shows that the characters are endowed with a wide variety of rhetorical disguises. Each assumes that his verbal and social point of view is correct, and the limitations and virtues of each viewpoint are explored as the drama unfolds. In an elegant examination of theme and style, Professor Carroll heightens the reader's awareness of Shakespeare's marvellously inventive use of language. The author analyzes the different kinds of style, the characters' attitudes toward language, the play's theatrical modes, the frequent metamorphoses, and the debates. The term "debate"--justified by Shakespeare's use of the medieval conflictus--relates to both theme and structure. The author finds that the conflicting theories about the proper relation of language and imagination are resolved stylistically and thematically only in the final Debate between Spring and Winter, where the playwright reasserts the nature and value of good art. Originally published in 1976. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Love's Labour's Lost in Plain and Simple English

BookCaps Study Guide


Author: N.A

Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides

ISBN: 1621070735

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

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Love's Labour's Lost has been called one of Shakespeare's funniest early plays--but if you aren't laughing as you read it, then you aren't alone. Let's face it..if you don't understand Shakespeare, then you are not alone. If you have struggled in the past reading Shakespeare, then BookCaps can help you out. This book is a modern translation of Love's Labour's Lost. The original text is also presented in the book, along with a comparable version of the modern text. We all need refreshers every now and then. Whether you are a student trying to cram for that big final, or someone just trying to understand a book more, BookCaps can help. We are a small, but growing company, and are adding titles every month.

Love's Labour's Lost

Critical Essays


Author: Felicia Hardison Londre

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317954262

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 496

View: 7785

This anthology examines Love's Labours Lost from a variety of perspectives and through a wide range of materials. Selections discuss the play in terms of historical context, dating, and sources; character analysis; comic elements and verbal conceits; evidence of authorship; performance analysis; and feminist interpretations. Alongside theater reviews, production photographs, and critical commentary, the volume also includes essays written by practicing theater artists who have worked on the play. An index by name, literary work, and concept rounds out this valuable resource.

A Study of Love's Labour's Lost


Author: Frances Yates

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107695988

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 234

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Frances Yates (1899-1981) was an English historian renowned for her extensive writings on Western Hermeticism. Originally published in 1936, this early text by Yates takes as its starting point the question of whether the character of Holofernes in Love's Labour's Lost was intended by Shakespeare to be a satirical portrait of his contemporary John Florio. The elucidation of this problem leads on to a broader discussion regarding the play as a whole and its contextual significance. Appendices and a detailed introduction are also included. This is a highly readable book that will be of value to anyone with an interest in Florio and Shakespeare criticism.

Oxford School Shakespeare: Love's Labour's Lost


Author: William Shakespeare,Roma Gill

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780198365921


Page: 160

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The 'Oxford School Shakespeare' series helps students to understand and enjoy Shakespeare's plays. As well as the complete and unabridged text, each play has a range of notes, a plot synopsis, scene summaries, and character notes.

Shakespeare in Kabul


Author: Stephen Landrigan,Qais Akbar Omar

Publisher: Haus Publishing

ISBN: 1907822488

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 220

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In 2005, a group of actors in Kabul performed Shakespeare's Love’s Labour's Lost to the cheers of Afghan audiences and the raves of foreign journalists. For the first time in years, men and women had appeared onstage together. The future held no limits, the actors believed. In this fast-moving, fondly told and frequently very funny account, Qais Akbar Omar and Stephen Landrigan capture the triumphs and foibles of the actors as they extend their Afghan passion for poetry to Shakespeare's.Both authors were part of the production. Qais, a journalist, served as Assistant Director and interpreter for Paris actress, Corinne Jaber, who had come to Afghanistan on holiday and returned to direct the play. Stephen, himself a playwright, assembled a team of Afghan translators to fashion a script in Dari as poetic as Shakespeare's. This chronicle of optimism plays out against the heartbreak of knowing that things in Afghanistan have not turned out the way the actors expected.

Shakespeare's Lovers

A Text for Performance and Analysis


Author: William Shakespeare,Libby Appel,Michael Flachmann

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 9780809310722

Category: Drama

Page: 146

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Performed successfully during the California Shakespearean Festival in Visalia, this play— woven from Shakespearean scenes, songs, and sonnets—presents “Shakespeare’s uni­versal, enduring, fully human values about love” in a “rich Shakespearean tapestry of romance,” state the authors, Libby Appel and Michael Flachmann. The play is organized into two acts con­taining four dramatic sections “Discovering Love,” “Seeking Advice about Love,” “Hav­ing Problems with Love,” and “Finding Solu­tions to Love’s Problems.” To the right of each page of text is a clear, understandable glossary defining difficult words; at the bot­tom of these pages occasional longer notes explicate obscure or difficult references; each facing left-hand page contains stage di­rections. This creates a theatrical prompt-book format, leaving plenty of blank space for recording notes, ideas, and stage directions.

Shakespearean Metadrama

The Argument of the Play in Titus Andronicus, Love's Labour's Lost, Romeo and Juliet, a Midsummer Night's Dream, and Richard II


Author: James L. Calderwood

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 0816657173

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 204

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Shakespearean Metadrama was first published in 1971. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions. In a new approach to Shakespeare criticism, the author interprets five of Shakespeare's early plays as metadramas, dramas that are not only about the various moral, social, political, and other thematic issues with which critics have so long been concerned but also about the plays themselves. Professor Calderwood demonstrates that in these five plays Shakespeare writes about his dramatic art -- its nature, its media of language and theater, its generic forms and conventions, its relationship to truth and the social order. In an introductory chapter the author explains his theory of metadrama, placing it in a general critical context as well as in the specific framework of Shakespeare's plays. He distinguishes between the meaning of metadrama and the similar terms "metaplay" and "metatheare." He points out that the dominant metadramatic aspect of the five plays under study is the interplay of language and action in drama. A separate chapter is devoted to the interpretation of each of the plays. Professor Calderwood is aware that in presenting his critical theory and interpretations he may be met with skepticism by other scholars and critics. He anticipates such a situation in the introduction: "To the critic trying on introductory styles for a book on Shakespearean metadrama," he writes, "the plight of Falstaff at the Boar's Head Tavern comes all to readily to mind. 'What trick," he must ask himself, 'what device, what starting-hole, canst thou now find out to hide thee from this open and apparent shame?'"

Labour of Love


Author: James Graham

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 135006369X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 128

View: 2128

Labour MP David Lyons cares about modernisation and "electability"... his constituency agent, Jean Whittaker cares about principles and her community. Set away from the Westminster bubble in the party's traditional northern heartlands, this is a clash of philosophy, culture and class against the backdrop of the Labour Party over 25 years, as it moves from Kinnock through Blair into Corbyn... and beyond? This razor-sharp political comedy from James Graham was produced by Michael Grandage Company and Headlong and received its world Premiere at the Noël Coward Theatre in September 2017.