The Two Gentlemen of Verona – Reading across plays

The Two Gentlemen of Verona is not a play many people have read. Though were they to read it, they might think they have, because it reads like an anthology of Shakespeare in the 1590s. Sheldrake takes the opportunity to hold the mirror up to comedy by reading in parallel with Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost and As You Like It, along the way outlining some rules of the Shakespearean world.

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3 comments

  1. Quote from the podcast: “Professor Stanley Wells …. will be delivering a lecture… [W]hat he has to say about the dramatist … ought to be one of the premier [pronounced here as “premiere”] literary experiences of your life.”. This usage of this word (quite apart from its pronunciation) belongs… well, in the bin, ideally, but failing that, in adverts for overpriced holidays being marketed as “prestigious” -, not in an intellgient discussion of Shakespeare. Why not settle for “should be pretty interesting”. Hyperbole and illiteracy go well together, sure, but not here, please.
    Just sayin’.

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