Much ADO about Nothing
Much ADO about Nothing
Simon & Schuster, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780743482752, 304pp.
Publication Date: January 1, 2004
The authoritative edition of "Much Ado About Nothing" from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes:
-Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play
-Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
-Scene-by-scene plot summaries
-A key to the play's famous lines and phrases
-An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language
-An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
-Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books
-An annotated guide to further reading
Essay by Gail Kern Paster
The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit Folger.edu.
Like many of his contemporaries, including Christopher Marlowe, Shakespeare began his career on the stage, eventually rising to become part-owner of Lord Chamberlain s Men, a popular dramatic company of his day, and of the storied Globe Theatre in London.
Extremely popular in his lifetime, Shakespeare s works continue to resonate more than three hundred years after his death. His plays are performed more often than any other playwright s, have been translated into every major language in the world, and are studied widely by scholars and students.
BRENDA S. COPELAND has been an elementary librarian for the past six years in Palmyra School District, Palmyra, Pennsylvania. She earned her MLS degree from Kutztown University and her BA in Elementary Education at the University of Delaware.
Barbara A. Mowat is Director of Research "emerita" at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Consulting Editor of "Shakespeare Quarterly", and author of "The Dramaturgy of Shakespeare s Romances" and of essays on Shakespeare s plays and their editing.