Shakespeare´s dextrous comedy of two twin masters and two twin servants continually mistaken for one another is both farce and more than farce. The Comedy of Errors examines the interplay between personal and commercial relationships, and the breakdown of social order that follows the disruption of identity. As well as detailed on-page commentary notes, this new edition has a long, illustrated introduction exploring the play´s performance and crtitical history, as well as its place in the comic tradition from Classical to modern times.
This tragi-comedy is one of the plays we know Shakespeare worked with a collaborator on -- John Fletcher -- and is based on Chaucer´s Knight´s Tale. This revised edition includes a new introductory essay bringing the edition up-to-date in terms of both the play´s performance and critical history, and in particular with current thinking about the nature of Shakespeare´s collaboration with other playwrights. As scholars have begun to discover more about this aspect of his career, interest in the play has grown. This revised edition is ideal for undergraduate study, offering on-page annotations to the play text as well as a lengthy, illustrated introduction.