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The Comedies of William Shakespeare

"All’s well that ends well" when you choose one of Shakespeare’s comedies.

We've selected our favorite comedies available from our catalog for you here. If you are interested in finding these books in electronic format please visit our Shakespeare To Go page.



Neil D. Says: All's Well That Ends Well
Amazon Says: An exciting new edition of the complete works of Shakespeare with these features:  Illustrated with photographs from New York Shakespeare Festival productions, vivid readabl more...
Amazon Says: An exciting new edition of the complete works of Shakespeare with these features:  Illustrated with photographs from New York Shakespeare Festival productions, vivid readable readable introductions for each play by noted scholar David Bevington, a lively personal foreword by Joseph Papp, an insightful essay on the play in performance, modern spelling and pronunciation, up-to-date annotated bibliographies, and convenient listing of key passages. less...
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As You Like It by William Shakespeare
Neil D. Says: As You Like It
Amazon Says: Includes an overview of Shakespeare's life; commentary by Arthur Colby Sprague, Helen Gardener, and others; a stage and screen history, and more The popular comedy in which R more...
Amazon Says: Includes an overview of Shakespeare's life; commentary by Arthur Colby Sprague, Helen Gardener, and others; a stage and screen history, and more The popular comedy in which Rosalind enters the Forest of Arden is a play about two enduring human illusions--the dream of the simple life, and the ideal of romantic love. This edition features not only the text of the play but many special features to help readers understand and enjoy this classic from the Bard. less...
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Love's Labour's Lost by William Shakespeare
Neil D. Says: Love's Labour's Lost
Amazon Says: This edition of Love''s Labour''s lost provide s a clear and authoritative text, detailed notes and comment ary on the same pages as the text and an in-depth survey of critica more...
Amazon Says: This edition of Love''s Labour''s lost provide s a clear and authoritative text, detailed notes and comment ary on the same pages as the text and an in-depth survey of critical approaches to the play. ' less...
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The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
Neil D. Says: The Comedy of Errors
Amazon Says: Hilarious fun, this early comedy is filled with the merry violence of slapstick and farce. When two sets of twins, separated and apparently lost to each other, all end up in t more...
Amazon Says: Hilarious fun, this early comedy is filled with the merry violence of slapstick and farce. When two sets of twins, separated and apparently lost to each other, all end up in the rowdy, rollicking city of Ephesus, the stage is set for mix-ups, mayhem, and mistaken identity—plus the timeless puns, jokes, gags, and suspense that makes this play a wonderful theatrical frolic and a brilliant tour de force of language and laughter. less...
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The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
Neil D. Says: The Merchant of Venice
Amazon Says: Volumes in this recently developed series for middle school and high school students analyze major literary works in terms that help students understand them for higher grades more...
Amazon Says: Volumes in this recently developed series for middle school and high school students analyze major literary works in terms that help students understand them for higher grades on tests and written reports. More than mere plot summaries, Literature Made Easy books describe classic novels and plays by explaining themes, analyzing characters, and discussing each author's unique style, mastery of language, and point of view. Imaginative and instructive use of graphics help make each book in this series livlier, easier, and more profitable to use than ordinary plot summaries. Books also feature "Mind Maps" - diagrams that summarize a literary work's most important details, as a way of helping students focus their ideas for exams and term papers. less...
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Neil D. Says: The Merry Wives of Windsor
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Neil D. Says: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Amazon Says: An illustrated, abridged verison of the Shakespeare comedy with background information and explanatory stage directions. more...
Amazon Says: An illustrated, abridged verison of the Shakespeare comedy with background information and explanatory stage directions. less...
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Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
Neil D. Says: Much Ado About Nothing
Amazon Says: Set in a courtly world of masked revels and dances, this play turns on the archetypal story of a lady falsely accused of unfaithfulness, spurned by her bridegroom, and finally more...
Amazon Says: Set in a courtly world of masked revels and dances, this play turns on the archetypal story of a lady falsely accused of unfaithfulness, spurned by her bridegroom, and finally vindicated and reunited with him. Villainy, schemes, and deceits threaten to darken the brilliant humor and sparkling wordplay–but the hilarious counterplot of a warring couple, Beatrice and Benedick, steals the scene as the two are finally tricked into admitting their love for each other in Shakespeare’s superb comedy of manners. Each Edition Includes: • Comprehensive explanatory notes • Vivid introductions and the most up-to-date scholarship • Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary readers to understand the Elizabethan English • Completely updated, detailed bibliographies and performance histories • An interpretive essay on film adaptations of the play, along with an extensive filmography less...
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The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
Neil D. Says: The Taming of the Shrew
Amazon Says: A robust and bawdy battle of the sexes, this ever popular comedy captivates audiences with outrageous humor as Katharina, the shrew, engages in a contest of wills–and love more...
Amazon Says: A robust and bawdy battle of the sexes, this ever popular comedy captivates audiences with outrageous humor as Katharina, the shrew, engages in a contest of wills–and love–with her bridegroom, Petruchio. Their boisterous conflict is set off against a more conventional romantic plot involving the wooing of Katharina’s lovely and compliant sister, Bianca. Rich with the psychological themes of identity and transformation, the play is quintessentially lighthearted, filled with visual gags, witty repartee, and unmatched theatrical brilliance from Petruchio’s demand, “Kiss me, Kate!” to the final spectacle of the wedding feast. Each Edition Includes: • Comprehensive explanatory notes • Vivid introductions and the most up-to-date scholarship • Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary readers to understand the Elizabethan English • Completely updated, detailed bibliographies and performance histories • An interpretive essay on film adaptations of the play, along with an extensive filmography less...
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The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Neil D. Says: The Tempest
Amazon Says: John Dover Wilson's New Shakespeare, published between 1921 and 1966, became the classic Cambridge edition of Shakespeare's plays and poems until the 1980s. The series, long s more...
Amazon Says: John Dover Wilson's New Shakespeare, published between 1921 and 1966, became the classic Cambridge edition of Shakespeare's plays and poems until the 1980s. The series, long since out-of-print, is now reissued. Each work is available both individually and as a set, and each contains a lengthy and lively introduction, main text, and substantial notes and glossary printed at the back. The edition, which began with The Tempest and ended with The Sonnets, put into practice the techniques and theories that had evolved under the 'New Bibliography'. Remarkably by today's standards, although it took the best part of half a century to produce, the New Shakespeare involved only a small band of editors besides Dover Wilson himself. As the volumes took shape, many of Dover Wilson's textual methods acquired general acceptance and became an established part of later editorial practice, for example in the Arden and New Cambridge Shakespeares. less...
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Neil D. Says: Twelfth Night
Amazon Says: An intricate comedy featuring separated twins, disguises, and impediments to love, "Twelfth Night" is Shakespeare's farewell to the comedic genre, and what many consider to be more...
Amazon Says: An intricate comedy featuring separated twins, disguises, and impediments to love, "Twelfth Night" is Shakespeare's farewell to the comedic genre, and what many consider to be his greatest achievement in that mode. This invaluable new study guide to one of Shakespeare's greatest plays contains a selection of the finest criticism through the centuries on "Twelfth Night". Students will also benefit from the additional features included in this volume, such as an introduction by Harold Bloom, an accessible summary, analysis of key passages, a comprehensive list of characters, a biography of Shakespeare, and more. less...
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The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare
Neil D. Says: The Winter's Tale
Amazon Says: "I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shak more...
Amazon Says: "I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series. Here is an elegant and clear text for either the study or the rehearsal room, notes where you need them and the distinguished scholarship of the general editors, Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller who understand that these are plays for performance as well as great texts for contemplation." (Patrick Stewart)The distinguished Pelican Shakespeare series, which has sold more than four million copies, is now completely revised and repackaged.Each volume features: * Authoritative, reliable texts * High quality introductions and notes * New, more readable trade trim size * An essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare and essays on Shakespeare's life and the selection of texts less...
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