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The Merry Wives of Windsor (1602)

by William Shakespeare

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We had watched a performance (Globe players) and I decided to read it. It's not my favorite Shakespeare.

Actually not the same edition - what we own is Great Books, and this is in Shakespeare vol. 2. ( )
  CarolJMO | Dec 12, 2016 |
The merry wives are Mrs Page and Mrs Ford, two friends who find that they are both being wooed, in exactly the same letters, by Sir John Falstaff. He's a drunken deadbeat who believes his sudden interest in the long-married women will be welcomed, but they devise a plan to teach Falstaff humility.
On paper this is a good play, but I can see how, with the right casting of Falstaff and the wives, it could be a riot. I did find that of all the Shakespearean plays I've read so far, this one had the most words and phrases that needed explanation because they didn't translate to these modern ears. 'Conceal' means 'reveal' here and 'Mockwater' means 'physician'. I'm glad I had those notes and footnotes. ( )
  mstrust | May 4, 2016 |
A farcical comedy of love and affairs. Entertaining! ( )
  Laurochka | Feb 6, 2016 |
When lecherous Falstaff makes plays for both Mrs Ford and Mrs Page at the same time and without realizing they are friends, the two women conspire to teach him a lesson while also punishing their husbands for thinking they would fall for the drunken old knight. And Mr and Mrs Page's pretty young daughter is wooed by three suitors who have all been promised success. ( )
  mstrust | Apr 11, 2015 |
This very likable play was supposedly the only time that Shakespeare wrote, not about noble heroes, but the common people of the small town milieu that he was raised in. I wish he had done it more often, for he makes Windsor as a charming a town as Mayberry. ( )
  Coach_of_Alva | Nov 23, 2014 |
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William Shakespeareprimary authorall editionscalculated
Andrew, Stephen A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Greg, W. W.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hibbard, G. R.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hogarth, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Juva, KerstiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oliver, H. J.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rolfe, William JamesEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thomson, HughIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Voeten, BertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Sir Hugh, persuade me not; I will make a Star-chamber matter of it: if he were twenty Sir John Falstaffs, he shall not abuse Robert Shallow, esquire.
I will make a Star-chamber matter of it.
Thou art the Mars of malcontents.
This is the short and the long of it.
Why, then the world's mine oyster,

Which I with sword will open.
We have some salt of our youth in us.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0671722786, Mass Market Paperback)

Each edition 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 famous lines and phrases

• An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

• An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

• Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

Essay by Natasha Korda

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit www.folger.edu.

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Presents Shakespeare's comedy about Sir John Falstaff's attempts to seduce Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page. This volume includes the full text of the play, plus an introduction to the play, a scene-by-scene analysis, commentary on past and current productions, photographs of key RSC productions, and an overview of Shakespeare's theatrical career and chronology of his plays.… (more)

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