The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors

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Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors is the slapstick farce of his youth. In it, the lost twin sons of the old merchant Egeon--both named Antipholus--find themselves in Ephesus, without either one even knowing of the other's existence. Meanwhile, Egeon has arrived in search of the son he thinks is still alive--and has been sentenced to death for the "crime" of being from Syracuse.

To add to the confusion, the two Antipholuses have twin servants, both named Dromio. As the four men unwittingly encounter each other, the play is crammed with wildly escalating misunderstandings before the truth emerges and Egeon is pardoned.

Shakespeare bases his story on Plautus's Menaechmi, a play about identical twins who accidentally meet after a lifetime apart. He borrows from another Plautus play by having Adriana, the wife of one Antipholus, entertain the other. The spirited Adriana often gives speeches evoking strong emotions--as do other characters at times. Even here, Shakespeare suggests complexities beyond the farce.

The authoritative edition of The Comedy of Errors 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 play's famous lines and phrases

-An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

-An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

-Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

-An annotated guide to further reading

Essay by Arthur F. Kinney

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's 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. For more information, visit Folger.edu.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2009, 1996.
Edition: Simon & Schuster paperback ed.
ISBN: 9780743484886
0743484886
Characteristics: liii, 213 p. :,ill. ;,18 cm.
Additional Contributors: Mowat, Barbara A.
Werstine, Paul

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Amina2015
Jun 30, 2015

This is a really confusing story like you have to concentrate when you're reading it.

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gogo12127
Jun 21, 2015

This is another Folger Shakespeare Library edition, with its its useful prefatory information on the language of Shakespeare, a brief summery of his life, background of the play, and theater life in Shakespeare's time.

Egeon, an old merchant from Syracuse, and his wife Aemilia had twin sons, both named Antipholus and provided with twin slaves, both named Dromio. Because of a shipwreck, the members are separated, Egeon taking with him to Syracuse a son (Antipholus of Syracuse) and one Dromio, Aemilia taking with her to Ephesus one Antipholus (Antipholus of Ephesus) and one Dromio
When the Syracusans encounter the friends and families of their twins, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities ensues, thus the comedy of errors.
This comedy of errors leads to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, the arrest of Antipholus of Ephesus, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness, and demonic possession. It gets really confusing at times, at least it did for me.

In some respects, this is a late sixteenth century sit-com.
This play, unlike most other plays of Shakespeare, Hamlet does not seem to have any memorable lines or phrases.

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BarbaraA
Jul 02, 2012

This is not the best of Shakespeare. It's a quick read, and it's cute, but I understand why this isn't a play that's taught much in schools.

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Amina2015
Jun 30, 2015

This story is about four love birds. This is a confusing story. It is hard to understand but just try to concentrate.

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