ISBN 9780393927627 | Better Education Books

For more books and school booklists, please visit BEBooks

ISBN/Title

All the world's a stage. Shakespeare's beloved pastoral comedy is now available in a Norton Critical Edition.

Since its return to the London stage in 1740, As You Like It has delighted theatergoers, readers, and critics. Its heroine, Rosalind, is one of Shakespeare's greatest characters. The play's Forest of Arden setting and its focus on the relationship between natural occurrences and things created by humans (Shakespeare collectively termed these "art") provide us with access to debates in Renaissance England that relate to the ecological issues of our own time. This Norton Critical Edition is based on the 1623 First Folio text. It is accompanied by a note on the text, eight illustrations, six photographs, and explanatory annotations.

"Sources and Contexts" includes, in its entirety, Shakespeare's primary source for the play-Thomas Lodge's popular prose romance Rosalynde (1590). Reading Shakespeare's play with (and against) Lodge's romance reveals striking similarities and fascinating differences, both large and small. An array of other readings focuses on the central areas of gender and ecology and includes works by Michel de Montaigne, Sir Thomas More, Thomas Bastard, George Gascoygne, and William Prynne.

A rich "Criticism" section includes twenty-one commentaries on As You Like It spanning four centuries. Contributors include, among others, Mrs. Anna Jameson, Clara Claiborne Park, Jean E. Howard, Marjorie Garber, James Shapiro, Valerie Traub, Jeffrey Masten, and Robert Smallwood.

A Selected Bibliography is also included.


  • All submitted orders subject to stock availability.  If a book is out of stock at its publisher or other suppliers, most likely it's the same here.
  • Discount and free delivery available: up to 20% off depending on order value and products/publishers. Further discount is available for bulk buy.
  • Free shipping and handling thresholds depend on order value and products / publishers as well. It will be worked out automatically when you order online. If the ordered items are from multiple publishers, there may have a separate shipping and handling fee for each publisher. However free shipping and handling will be provided when the total order value is over the thresholds. TIPS: bulk or group buy to save the shipping and handling cost.
  • News from Better Education Books Schools, libraries, parents, students, teachers, lecturers, professionals or businesses are welcome to request a quote for bulk orders or booklists to find out how much you can save. We are happy to consider orders where the quantity exceeds 20 units of any one item or total value is over $1000 from a single publisher as bulk orders. To ensure correct items are quoted, we recommend you provide ISBN. In booklist season, it may take days to give you a quotation due to large amounts of requests.
  • School generated purchase orders are welcome.
  • Request a tax invoice.
Save on school book lists, free delivery available