The merry wives of Windsor

by Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616,

Format: Print Book 2009
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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CLP - Allegheny Non-Fiction Collection PR2826.A2 M69 2009x
Location  CLP - Allegheny
Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  PR2826.A2 M69 2009x
CLP - South Side Non-Fiction Collection PR2826.A2 M69 2009x
Location  CLP - South Side
Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  PR2826.A2 M69 2009x
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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Additional Information
Series New Folger Library Shakespeare.
Subjects Falstaff, John, -- Sir (Fictitious character) -- Drama.
Married women -- Drama.
Windsor (Windsor and Maidenhead, England) -- Drama.
Comedy plays.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster Paperbacks,2009
Other Titles Merry wives of Windsor
Contributors Mowat, Barbara A., editor.
Werstine, Paul, editor.
Folger Shakespeare Library.
Language English
Notes "Folger Shakespeare library."
Description lvi, 263 pages : illustrations ; 17 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-261).
ISBN 0671722786
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