The Complete As You Like It

An Annotated Edition of the Shakespeare Play

by Donald J. Richardson


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Softcover
$19.95
Hardcover
$28.99
E-Book
$3.99
Softcover
$19.95

Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/1/2015

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 280
ISBN : 9781504913621
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 280
ISBN : 9781504913638
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 280
ISBN : 9781504913614

About the Book

As You Like It could be termed the archetypal Shakespearean romantic comedy: the lovers retreat to the Forest of Arden, where all their problems are resolved satisfactorily, and all ends in marriage (four marriages, in fact). However, the romance of the play is ameliorated somewhat by the pragmatism of Rosalind who says, “Men have died from time to / time and worms have eaten then, but not for love” (IV.i.94–5). There is an air of melancholy in Jaques, who says, “I can suck / melancholy out of a song, as a weasel sucks eggs” (II.v.11–12). This is also the play in which Shakespeare delimits the seven ages of man (II.vii.142–69), an archetype relevant yet today, despite Americans’ hesitancy to accept it as other than melancholy.


About the Author

Donald J. Richardson is still trying to teach English composition at Phoenix College.