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Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare

Measure for Measure (edition 1997)

by William Shakespeare

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Title:Measure for Measure
Authors:William Shakespeare
Info:Washington Square Press (1997), Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
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I am very fond of this play. I am always moved by the horror of the situation and enjoy the machinations by which the incognito Duke restores justice. I don't care much for the complaints about its supposed uneven tone, since I regard it as a "serious" drama with a little humor. ( )
  Coach_of_Alva | Nov 23, 2014 |
A very dark tragi-comedy. Makes the 20th century sexual revolution look chaste by comparison. Not a fave -- characters are very 2-dimensional. The Duke is cruel in his kindness. If I were Isabella, I would have slapped him rather than marry him. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 22, 2014 |
Not my favorite of Shakespeare's-- but I do like the partially uncertain ending, especially since the duke's love for Isabel seems to have come out of nowhere.
  KatrinkaV | Oct 18, 2014 |
Quality of Writing: 10 out of 10
Pace: 9 out of 10
Plot Development: 9 out of 10
Characters: 9 out of 10
Enjoyability: 10 out of 10
Insightfulness: 9 out of 10
Ease of Reading: 7 out of 10
Photos/Illustrations: NA ( )
  AprilAnn0814 | Apr 15, 2014 |
Shakespeare's platform to explore the pitfalls of sexual repression in relation to political corruption. Angelo's cold commitment to justice is echoed by Isabella's completely irrational commitment to chastity, and then there is the Duke manipulating the whole affair of these characters' perceptions and realities for no more than his own sadistic entertainment. A play filled with jokes that you can't laugh at. Jokes unsettlingly devoid of all humor like oxygen sucked from a room. A disturbing comedy with some pointed messages. ( )
  poetontheone | Apr 8, 2014 |
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William Shakespeareprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baldini, GabrieleEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Barnet, SylvanEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Briggs, JuliaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brooke, C. F. TuckerEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harding, DavisEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harrison, George B.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kittredge, George LymanEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lamar, VirginiaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lever, J. W.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lever, J. W.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nagarajan, S.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nosworthy, J.M.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.
Shame to him whose cruel striking
Kill for faults of his own liking.
Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.
The law hath not been dead, though it hath slept.
They say, best men are moulded out of faults,

And, for the most, become much more the better

For being a little bad.
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• 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

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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.

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Features a duke who is so anxious about the decline in the moral quality of his subjects' lives that he temporarily removes himself from the government of his city-state and deputizes a member of his administration.

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