Twelfth Night Audible –

Named for the twelfth night after Christmas, the end of the Christmas season, Twelfth Night plays with love and power The Countess Olivia, a woman with her own household, attracts Duke or Count Orsino Two other would be suitors are her pretentious steward, Malvolio, and Sir Andrew Aguecheek Onto this scene arrive the twins Viola and Sebastian caught in a shipwreck, each thinks the other has drowned Viola disguises herself as a male page and enters Orsinos service Orsino sends her as his envoy to Oliviaonly to have Olivia fall in love with the messenger The play complicates, then wonderfully untangles, these relationships The authoritative edition of Twelfth Night 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 plays famous lines and phrases An introduction to reading Shakespeares language An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Librarys vast holdings of rare books An annotated guide to further reading Essay by Catherine Belsey The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the worlds largest collection of Shakespeares 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 Forinformation, visit FolgerWilliam Shakespeare was born in Aprilin the town of Stratford upon Avon, on Englands Avon River When he was eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway The couple had three childrenan older daughter Susanna and twins, Judith and Hamnet Hamnet, Shakespeares only son, died in childhood The bulk of Shakespeares working life was spent in the theater world of London, where he established himself professionally by the early s He enjoyed success not only as a playwright and poet, but also as an actor and shareholder in an acting company Although some think that sometime betweenandShakespeare retired from the theater and returned home to Stratford, where he died in , others believe that he may have continued to work in London until close to his death

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