Twelfth Night, Or, What You Will

Twelfth Night, Or, What You Will

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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 Orsino's service. Orsino sends her as his envoy to Olivia--only 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 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 Catherine Belsey

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
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Washington Square Press, 2005, c1993
Edition: Washington Square Press New Folger Library trade pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9780743484961
Branch Call Number: PB 822.33 Q7 3564
Characteristics: l, 222 p. :,ill., map. --
Additional Contributors: Mowat, Barbara A.
Werstine, Paul
Alternative Title: Twelfth night
What you will


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Jul 27, 2016

It's Shakespeare, how can you go wrong! Timeless classic.

Jun 28, 2015

This play is one of my favourites of Shakespeare, its drama and humour makes it most enjoyable to read.


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Jun 28, 2015

Twelfth night explores the relations and twists that occur when living under lies. The play follows Violas adventure as she poses as a servant boy in orsinos court. This story implores the tangled web of love, loss and trickery and will keep you waiting till the last line.


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Jun 28, 2015

"If music be the food of love, play on."

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