The Oxford Shakespeare: The Merry Wives of Windsor

William Shakespeare
Edited by T. W. Craik
Published by Oxford University Press

Written at the request of Queen Elizabeth, who wanted to see Falstaff again, this is the only Shakespeare comedy set wholly in his home country. Published by Oxford University Press.

The Merry Wives of Windsor is traditionally supposed to have been written at the request of Queen Elizabeth, who wanted to see Falstaff again. Whatever the historical facts, she must have been pleased with this glorious romp when it was performed for her (as seems most likely) at Windsor Castle at the Feast of the Garter in 1597. The only comedy by Shakespeare set entirely in England, it is a joy for audiences but a trial for poor Falstaff, who is bundled into a laundry basket, forced to disguise himself as Mother Pratt, the fat woman of Brentford, and finally attacked by children dressed as fairies.

Printed on Caxton Wove Off-White paper
Bound in buckram with a printed paper label
Coloured endpapers
Spine blocked in gold
Head and tail bands
256 pages
8¾” x 5½”
Published by Oxford University Press

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