As you Like it

A Frankly Annotated First Folio Edition


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About the Book

This annotated version of As you Like it, one of the Bard’s wittiest and bawdiest plays, provides a detailed guide to its Elizabethan language and its references. It restores the drama to the language of the First Folio of 1623, including the original spelling, capitalization and punctuation. Practical annotation provides insights into the puns, allusions and world-play that characterize all of Shakespeare’s dramas. Appendices enumerate the typographical errors that have been corrected in this version, in addition to offering stage directions from the First Folio, lineation amendations and original character tags. This restorative, no-nonsense approach will appeal to both aficionados and newcomers to Shakespeare’s plays.

About the Author(s)

Demitra Papadinis divides her time between New Hampshire and New York City. She is the founder and Producing Artistic Director of the New England Shakespeare Festival and a founding member of New York City’s WildBard! An expert in Unrehearsed Shakespeare/First Folio Cue-Script Technique, she presents workshops and educational programs at schools, colleges, and theatres throughout the country.

Bibliographic Details

William Shakespeare
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 422
Bibliographic Info: appendices, notes, bibliography
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4965-1
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8597-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1


Of Forthright Footnotes (or, putting the “count” back in “country”) 3

“Filthy Plaies and Enterluds” 6

Why the First Folio? 8

What’s Wrong with Editing? 10

The Importance of Spelling 12

The Importance of Punctuation 15

Notes on the Annotation 21

Abbreviations of Key Reference Works 25

As you Like it: First Folio Play-script with Accompanying Annotation

Act I, scene i 28

Act I, scene ii 52

Act I, scene iii 84

Act II, scene i 102

Act II, scene ii 116

Act II, scene iii 120

Act II, scene iv 128

Act II, scene v 140

Act II, scene vi 146

Act II, scene vii 150

Act III, scene i 176

Act III, scene ii 178

Act III, scene iii 226

Act III, scene iv 240

Act III, scene v 248

Act IV, scene i 264

Act IV, scene ii 294

Act IV, scene iii 298

Act V, scene i 320

Act V, scene ii 330

Act V, scene iii 346

Act V, scene iv 352

Textual Preparation 379

Appendix I (Typographical Errors Corrected) 391

Appendix II (Stage Directions, Entrances and Exits Emended) 392

Appendix III (Lineation Emended) 394

Appendix IV (Character Tags Emended) 396

Bibliography 399

Book Reviews

“the annotations provide detailed analysis of linguistic turns and hidden meanings often not found in more traditional editions…Papadinis is an expert on First Folio texts”—Reference & Research Book News.