The merry wives of Windsor

by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.

Format: Print Book 2004
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Shaler North Hills Library Non-Fiction 822.33 S
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  822.33 S
Shakespeare's "merry wives" are Mistress Ford and Mistress Page of the town of Windsor. The two play practical jokes on Mistress Ford's jealous husband and a visiting knight, Sir John Falstaff.

Merry wives, jealous husbands, and predatory knights were common in a kind of play called "citizen comedy" or "city comedy." In such plays, courtiers, gentlemen, or knights use social superiority to seduce citizens' wives.

The Windsor wives, though, do not follow that pattern. Instead, Falstaff's offer of himself as lover inspires their torment of him. Falstaff responds with the same linguistic facility that Shakespeare gives him in the history plays in which he appears, making him the "hero" of the play for many audiences.

The authoritative edition of The Merry Wives of Windsor from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes:

-Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play
-Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
-Scene-by-scene plot summaries
-A key to the play's famous lines and phrases
-An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language
-An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
-Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books
-An annotated guide to further reading

Essay by Natasha Korda

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Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor
Reading Shakespeare's language: The merry wives of Windsor
Shaekspeare's life
Shaekspeare's theater
The publication of Shakespeare's plays
An introduction to this text
The merry wives of Windsor: text of the play with commentary
Longer notes
Textual notes
The merry wives of Windsor: a modern perspective by Natasha Korda
Further reading
Key to famous lines and phrases.

Additional Information
Series New Folger Library Shakespeare.
Subjects Falstaff, John, -- Sir (Fictitious character) -- Drama.
Married women -- Drama.
Windsor (Windsor and Maidenhead, England) -- Drama.
Publisher New York :Washington Square Press,2004
Other Titles Folger Shakespeare Library
Contributors Mowat, Barbara A.
Werstine, Paul.
Folger Shakespeare Library.
Language English
Notes "A Washington Square Press original publication"--Title page verso.
Description lvi, 263 pages : illustrations ; 17 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-261).
ISBN 9780671722784
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