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Twelfth Night
Critical Essays

Edited By

Stanley Wells

ISBN 9781138850811
Published November 28, 2016 by Routledge
330 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1986. Among the most frequently performed and high admired of Shakespeare’s plays, Twelfth Night is examined here in this collection of writings from well-known essayists and scholars. The chapters present to the modern reader discussions of the play to enhance understanding and study of both the text and performances. Opening essays address individual characters; then some accounts of its potential and theatrical reviews are included; finally followed by critical studies looking at various parts and themes. The editor’s introduction explains the usefulness of each chapter and gives an overview of the selection.

Table of Contents

Preface Joseph Price  Introduction Stanley Wells  1. The Illyrians J. B. Priestley  2. Feste the Jester A. C. Bradley  3. Directions for Twelfth Night John Russell Brown  4. "Twelfth Night" from Shakespeare and the Actors Arthur Colby Sprague  5. On Some of the Old Actors Charles Lamb  6. Samuel Phelps as Malvolio (1857) Henry Morley  7. Beerbohm Tree’s Twelfth Night Max Beerbohm  8. Twelfth Night at the Vieux Colombier (1921) Harley Granville Barker  9. Twelfth Night at the Old Vic (1933) Virginia Woolf  10. Peter Hall’s Production of Twelfth Night (1958) Roy Walker  11. Illyria for Whitehall Leslie Hotson  12. Testing Courtesy and Humanity in Twelfth Night C. L. Barber  13. The Fruits of the Sport Bertrand Evans  14. The Underplot of Twelfth Night Harry Levin  15. Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night Harold Jenkins  16. The Design of Twelfth Night L. G. Salingar  17. "Twelfth Night", from Shakespeare’s Comedies of Love A. S. Leggatt  18. Plays and Playing in Twelfth Night Karen Greif  19. The Dramaturgy of the Ending of Twelfth Night Jorg Hasler  20. Shakespeare’s Sense of an Ending in Twelfth Night Anne Barton

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