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As You Like It

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    William Shakespeare(Author)

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When Rosalind is banished by her uncle, who has usurped her father’s throne, she flees to the Forest of Arden where her exiled father holds court. There, dressed as a boy to avoid discovery, she encounters the man she loves - now a fellow exile - and resolves to remain in disguise to test his feelings for her. A gloriously sunny comedy, As You Like It is an exuberant combination of concealed identities and verbal jousting, reconciliations and multiple weddings.

As You Like It has long been admired as one of Shakespeare's most exuberant early comedies, complete with one of the Bard's funniest and toughest heroines, Rosalind. Based on Thomas Lodge's Elizabethan novel Rosalynde, As You Like It follows the discontented Orlando as he is exiled from the tyrannical French court of Duke Frederick. By chance Frederick also banishes Rosalind, daughter of the usurped Duke Senior. The play then moves to the Forest of Arden, where chaos and misrule ensue, as Rosalind cross dresses "all points like a man", disguised as the saucy Ganymede and encourages the naive Orlando to "woo me, woo me, for now I am in a holiday humour". Meanwhile her clown Touchstone causes hilarity and havoc amongst the exiled lords and the pastoral inhabitants of the forest. The play concludes with Rosalind's extraordinary "unmasking" Epilogue addressed to the audience, where she offers to "kiss as many of you as had beards that pleased me".

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  • PDF | 152 pages
  • William Shakespeare(Author)
  • Independently published (28 Aug. 2017)
  • English
  • 8
  • Poetry, Drama & Criticism

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  • By Emily Dobson on 18 May 2015

    I am studying this play for A2 English Literature and definitely reccomend this Oxford School Shakespeare edition. This is because of the fact that the text is clearly set out, and it also includes modern English references and annotations at the side to help with understanding. (This is very convenient) Furthermore, there are also some small diagrams and full page photographs of the play in action which I find quite beneficial in expressing the mood and tone of the play. Although it is a slightly more expensive edition than others such as the Wordsworth Classics, it is a very well presented edition with good space for annotations, and I am thoroughly happy that I chose to purchase this one.

  • By D. Ainsbury on 11 September 2017

    I think this this is a very misleading title. There are no annotations whatsoever. It is the script of Macbeth but with no annotations at all! If I wanted a copy of Macbeth I would have bought one. This was, for me a complete waste of money. I wonder how many other people have been misleadby the title of this book

  • By Bob Taylor on 31 March 2016

    Perfect for my 15 year old grandchild who found the original text daunting. Having the plain English text alongside the other has helped her make sense of it all. (Just need to ignore the few instances of American spelling e.g. color!)

  • By Keith Smith on 13 December 2015

    This was bought for a grandson who is studying Macbeth as a GCSE text. He's reading it by himself and finds, as I planned, that the explanatory notes are clear and helpful so that he is able to understand enjoy the play in a way that I was never able to do when I first read the play as a teenager.Longman is still an excellent publisher of Shakespeare for young people, as it was when I was teaching in the 80s and 90s, and the delivery of the book to his address was very quick. This was a very satisfactory purchase.

  • By Winnie on 9 August 2017

    Will take me time to get through this but am determined to - bought it by mistake as I've been collecting a lot of the Shakespeare for Children books for my eldest Grandson

  • By MISS UPTON on 6 March 2016

    This is an excellent book for those studying Macbeth for G.C.S.E or as a school project for English Language / Literature Studies. with a no nonsense guide to help students understand the text contained, One side has Shakespearian Language and the opposite page gives explanation of that text... simply Brilliant. 10 / 10

  • By fraggle111 on 23 August 2017

    Really big print and ideal for students to write notes around. I have bought several copies of Macbeth but this is by far the best in terms of writing notes around it

  • By Lie on 8 March 2016

    This edition is perfect, exactly what I was looking for as a foreign student. You have explanations on the left of the text throughout the play, so you can actually read it and understand it the first time... What's more it is really complete and have so many explanations of the text, the context... I recommend it to everyone!

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