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In the Shakespearean play that most closely resembles farce, two sets of identical twins, each separated for years, arrive in Ephesus and leave a trail of confusion and mistaken identity in their wake. While evoking one of Shakespeare's recurring themes-the restorative power of love-this early work contains some of the playwright's developing insights on the human condition and presents a portrait of women's diverse roles in Elizabethan society. This invaluable new study guide contains a selection of the finest criticism through the centuries, in addition to an introduction by Harold Bloom, an accessible summary of the plot, an analysis of key passages, a comprehensive list of characters, a biography of Shakespeare, and more.



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Harold Bloom is Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University and the author of more than 30 books, including Shelley's Mythmaking (1959), Blake's Apocalypse (1963), Yeats (1970), The Anxiety of Influence (1973), A Map of Misreading (1975), Kabbalah and Criticism (1975), Agon: Toward a Theory of Revisionism (1982), The American Religion (1992), The Western Canon (1994), Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human (1998), How to Read and Why (2000), Hamlet: Poem Unlimited (2003), Where Shall Wisdom Be Found? (2004), and Jesus and Yahweh: The Names Divine (2005). In 1999, Professor Bloom received the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Gold Medal for Criticism.
Published January 1, 2010 by Facts on File.
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