Boisterous fun abounds in this early Shakespeare comedy featuring two sets of twins separated at birth, misguided servants and family lost and restored.
The Comedy of Errors features two sets of twins separated at birth, misguided servants and family lost and restored – themes that clearly fascinated Shakespeare and to which he returned throughout his career. There are high jinks aplenty and hilarious set-pieces such as Dromio’s description of the kitchen-maid who is ‘spherical, like a globe. I could find out countries in her’. With miraculous family reunions – between long-lost twins, children and parents, husbands and wives – this play can reduce an audience to tears of laughter as well as inspiring surprisingly intense emotion.
Published by Oxford University Press and bound in hardback buckram by The Folio Society, The Oxford Shakespeare series offers authoritative editions of Shakespeare’s plays. The early printings have been scrupulously re-examined and interpreted by eminent scholars, who also provide introductory essays covering all relevant background information, together with an appraisal of critical views and of the plays in performance. The exhaustive commentaries pay particular attention to language and staging. Reprints of sources, music for songs, genealogical tables and maps are included where necessary; many of the volumes are illustrated, and all contain an index.
Each book has an individual editor, with the whole series overseen by Stanley Wells.
Charles Whitworth is Professor of English at the University of Montpellier and director of the Institute for Research on the Renaissance, the Classical Age and the Enlightenment (IRCL) in France.
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