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Twelfth night, or, what you will

Author: William Shakespeare; Herschel Baker
Publisher: New York : Signet Classic, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Drama : English : 2nd rev. ed. / with new and updated critical essays and a rev. bibliographyView all editions and formats
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Separated twins, practical jokers, pining lovers, and a comic villain populate the city of Illyria, where the drama of TWELFTH NIGHT unfolds. When the fraternal twins Viola and Sebastian independently wash ashore in the city from a shipwreck, unbeknownst to one another, each assumes the other is dead. With Viola disguised as a man, the Duke Orsino, the gentlewoman Olivia, and the kind Antonio intermittently confuse  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Tragedies
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 97069697
(OCoLC)38752350
Named Person: William Shakespeare
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William Shakespeare; Herschel Baker
ISBN: 9781101142738 1101142731 9781101143506 1101143509
OCLC Number: 605085681
Description: 1 online resource (lxxi, 188 pages).
Other Titles: Twelfth night
Responsibility: William Shakespeare ; edited by Herschel Baker.

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Separated twins, practical jokers, pining lovers, and a comic villain populate the city of Illyria, where the drama of TWELFTH NIGHT unfolds. When the fraternal twins Viola and Sebastian independently wash ashore in the city from a shipwreck, unbeknownst to one another, each assumes the other is dead. With Viola disguised as a man, the Duke Orsino, the gentlewoman Olivia, and the kind Antonio intermittently confuse the identity of the twins. Meanwhile, the victim of a practical joke, the priggish Malvolio acts so peculiarly that he is confined to a mental institution. Much confusion needs ironing out before the weddings in the last scene. TWELFTH NIGHT is based on a late 16th-century play by Barnable Rich, which itself drew inspiration from many French and Italian sources. The earliest recorded performance was in 1602, and it was probably penned between 1599 and 1601. Early in 1601 an Italian visitor named Orsino visited the court of Queen Elizabeth, perhaps inspiring Shakespeare's use of his name for the Duke here.

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