Much ado about nothing

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The Signet Classics edition of William Shakespeare's grand romantic comedy.

Much Ado About Nothing casts the lovers Benedick and Beatrice in a witty war of words while the young Claudio is tricked into believing his love Hero has been unfaithful in this play that combines robust humor with explorations on honor and shame. 

This revised Signet Classics edition includes unique features such as:

' An overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater
' A special introduction to the play by the editor, David L. Stevenson
" A note on the sources from which Shakespeare derived Much Ado About Nothing
' Dramatic criticism from Charles Gildon, Lewis Carroll, George Bernard Shaw, and others
' A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions
' Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable text
' And more...
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display_descriptionMuch Ado About Nothing, comedy in five acts by William Shakespeare, written probably in 1598-99 and printed in a quarto edition from the author's own manuscript in 1600. The play takes an ancient theme-that of a woman falsely accused of unfaithfulness-to brilliant comedic heights. Shakespeare used as his main source for the Claudio-Hero plot a story from Matteo Bandello's Novelle (1554-73); he also may have consulted Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando furioso and Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene. The Beatrice-Benedick plot is essentially Shakespeare's own, though he must have had in mind his own story of wife taming in The Taming of the Shrew. Leonato, a kindly, respectable nobleman, lives in the idyllic Italian town of Messina. Leonato shares his house with his lovely young daughter, Hero, his playful, clever niece, Beatrice, and his elderly brother, Antonio (who is Beatrice's father). As the play begins, Leonato prepares to welcome some friends home from a war. The friends include Don Pedro, a prince who is a close friend of Leonato, and two fellow soldiers: Claudio, a well-respected young nobleman, and Benedick, a clever man who constantly makes witty jokes, often at the expense of his friends. Don John, Don Pedro's illegitimate brother, is part of the crowd as well. Don John is sullen and bitter, and makes trouble for the others. When the soldiers arrive at Leonato's home, Claudio quickly falls in love with Hero. Meanwhile, Benedick and Beatrice resume the war of witty insults that they have carried on with each other in the past. Claudio and Hero pledge their love to one another and decide to be married. To pass the time in the week before the wedding, the lovers and their friends decide to play a game. They want to get Beatrice and Benedick, who are clearly meant for each other, to stop arguing and fall in love. Their tricks prove successful, and Beatrice and Benedick soon fall secretly in love with each other.
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subject_facetBeatrice (Fictitious character : Shakespeare) -- Drama
Benedick (Fictitious character : Shakespeare) -- Drama
Comedies
Comedy
Conspiracies -- Drama
Courtship -- Drama
Courtship -- Italy -- Messina -- Drama
Dogberry (Fictitious character : Shakespeare) -- Drama
Electronic books
Hero (Fictitious character : Shakespeare) -- Drama
John, Don (Fictitious character : Shakespeare) -- Drama
Love -- Drama
Malicious accusation -- Drama
Man-woman relationships -- Drama
Messina (Italy) -- Drama
Mistaken identity -- Drama
Pedro, Don (Fictitious character : Shakespeare) -- Drama
Rejection (Psychology) -- Drama
Shakespeare, William, -- 1564-1616. -- Much ado about nothing
Virginity -- Drama
title_displayMuch ado about nothing
title_fullMuch Ado About Nothing
Much Ado about Nothing
Much ado about nothing / by William Shakespeare ; edited by Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine
Much ado about nothing [electronic resource] / William Shakespeare
Much ado about nothing [electronic resource] Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616,
Much ado about nothing [electronic resource] Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
title_shortMuch ado about nothing
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Drama
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Shakespeare, William
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