An man works to undermine his brother's happiness by meddling with his son's marriage. Also two smart people dual with words.
A pretty good book, though my reading of the Signet Classic was seriously interrupted by footnotes. Not because of the shifting up/down to read them, but because the footnotes are crammed all together. Given that this book is 1/4 commentary, axing one for clearer footnotes would have been amazing. Maybe another edition will be better. I intend to collect many of this particular play.
I highly recommend Much Ado About Nothing - (1993 movie), even for those who have no interest in this book.
- 1 (another edition is coming later)
- 2 1989 - Signet Classic (0-451-52298-2)
- 2.1 Commentaries
- 2.1.1 p.135 - Charles Gildon: The Argument of Much Ado About Nothing
- 2.1.2 p.138 - Lewis Carroll: A Letter to Ellen Terry
- 2.1.3 p.140 - George Bernard Shaw: Shakespeare's Merry Gentlemen
- 2.1.4 p.146 - Donald A. Stauffer: from Shakespeare's World of Images
- 2.1.5 p.154 - W.H. Auden: from The Dryer's Hand
- 2.1.6 p.157 - Carol Thomas Neely: Broken Nuptuals in Much Ado About Nothing
- 2.1.7 p.171 - Sylvan Barnet: Much Ado About Nothing on the Stage
- 2.1 Commentaries
(another edition is coming later) ∞
1989 - Signet Classic (0-451-52298-2) ∞
- Published 1964-04-01
- ISBN-10 0-451-52298-2
- ISBN-13 978-0451522986
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 88-62428
It opens with Shakespeare: Prefactory Remarks (vii) and then Introduction (xxi), both of which I skipped.
On p.132 is when it admits its sources and changes:
The present text of Much Ado About Nothing is based upon the Quarto edition of the play, published in 1600. The folio text of 1623 is a slightly edited version of this Quarto.
On p.135 it begins commentaries, making 1/4 of this book commentary. Fucking hell, that's a lot of fluff.
These were not read.
TODO - to read, I guess.
p.135 - Charles Gildon: The Argument of Much Ado About Nothing ∞
p.138 - Lewis Carroll: A Letter to Ellen Terry ∞
I believe this is an excerpt from The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll (Rev. C. L. Dodgson) by Collingwood. (read online at Project Gutenberg)
p.140 - George Bernard Shaw: Shakespeare's Merry Gentlemen ∞
p.146 - Donald A. Stauffer: from Shakespeare's World of Images ∞
Shakespeare's world of images; the development of his moral ideas - (1949 book), by Donald Alfred Stauffer
p.154 - W.H. Auden: from The Dryer's Hand ∞
p.157 - Carol Thomas Neely: Broken Nuptuals in Much Ado About Nothing ∞
Perhaps it says something that this author is not notable yet so much is included here.
Broken Nuptuals in Much Ado About Nothing - (book), by Carol Thomas Neely
I could only find a 1994 reprint:
I don't know its original publication date.
p.171 - Sylvan Barnet: Much Ado About Nothing on the Stage ∞
Note that this Signet Classic is copyright 1963, 1989 by Sylvan Barnet.
This is also included in Much ado about nothing : with new and updated critical essays and a revised bibliography - (1998 book), by various