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All's well that ends well
Zitner, Sheldon P.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Twayne Publishers, 1989.
Physical Description:
xxv, 187 pages ; 23 cm.

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PR2801 .Z58 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PR2801 .Z58 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This series offers fresh insights to Shakespeare with:

-- In-depth book-length treatments of the plays and poems

-- New perspectives on existing critical approaches

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An introduction for general readers and undergraudates, this Twayne volume can also be appreciated for its originality by graduate students and faculty, more so, perhaps, than similar introductions as Northrop Frye on Shakespeare, ed. by Robert Sandler (CH, Jan'87). The author (Trinity College, University of Toronto) takes an eclectic approach to the play, with forewords on stage history and critical reception, followed by six refreshing chapters on sources, sonnet analogues, and themes of current interest, such as power, status, gender, and sexuality. In his discussion of youth and age, Zitner dismisses notions that the play is "death-haunted," and asserts Shakespeare's reverence for the Countess and old King without their idealization. The critique ends with a lucid textual consideration of Shakespeare's performance concerns: modulated repetition, gestic language, linked dialogue, dispersal of expository material, challenging minor parts, and contrasting figures. The select bibliography covers 50 years of research and criticism very briefly and, unfortunately, does not list all works cited in the text; a helpful index is appended. Highly recommended for all readers. F. K. Barasch Bernard M. Baruch College, CUNY



In this romantic reconciliation comedy, the sweetly mischievous Helena plots and plans her way to winning the aloof Bertram's hand in marriage. While the lovers are united by the close of the final act, Shakespeare pokes fun at the fantasy, wish fulfillment, and conventions of romantic comedy with the play's ambiguous resolution, which has intrigued scholars, readers, and theatergoers for centuries. This invaluable new study guide to one of Shakespeare's greatest plays contains a selection of the finest criticism through the centuries, plus an introduction by Harold Bloom, an accessible summary of the plot, a comprehensive list of characters, a biography of Shakespeare, and more. Excerpted from All's Well That Ends Well by Harold Bloom Editor, Paul Gleed All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.