This edition of The Two Gentlemen of Verona offers a complete consideration of all aspects of the text. It interprets the play less as a contribution to a Renaissance literary debate between love and friendship (the traditional academic view) than as a dramatization of competing kinds of love - a theatrical counterpart to Shakespeare's Sonnets. It analyzes the lyrical language with which these kinds of love are expressed, and explores the tension betweenlyricism and the violence of some of the play's events, notably the concluding attempted rape scene. It also provides further evidence that The Two Gentlemen is Shakespeare's earliest surviving play, and proposes a new actor for whom the principal comic role of Lance may have been designed. This is the onlyedition to offer a setting of the song 'Who is Silvia?', prepared by Guy Woolfenden from an Elizabethan source, and is therefore the only edition on the market to provide a complete text for performance.
OUP Oxford; July 2008
- ISBN 9780191540905
- Read online, or download in secure PDF format
- Title: The Oxford Shakespeare: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
- Author: William Shakespeare; Roger Warren (ed.)
Imprint: OUP Oxford
In The Press
Roger Warren's edition of the play in the excellent Oxford series is emphatically performance-orientated throughout.
About The Author
Roger Warren is the editor of the Oxford Shakespeare editions of Cymbeline, Pericles, Henry VI, Part 2, and (with Stanley Wells) Twelfth Night. He works extensively in the professional theatre.