Twelfth Night

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Grade Level: 9-12
Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publish Date: 2000, Pelican Shakespeare
Binding: Paperback
Dimensions: 5 by 7 3/4 inches
Number of Pages: 142
Item ID: 3091 C2C  ISBN: 978-0-14-071489-0
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This edition of Twelth Night, edited by Jonathan Crewe, was redesigned in an easy-to-read format that preserves the favorite features of the original. It includes essays on the theatrical world of Shakespeare and texts of Shakespeare, an introduction to the play itself, and a note on the text used for this edition of it.

This is part of Hewitt's Lightning Literature & Composition curriculum (See Related Items below). From our Guide by Elizabeth Kamath:
You’re probably familiar with the Christmas carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” These twelve days refer to the twelve days after Christmas, and particularly the twelfth day, which in myth (not in the Bible) is the day when the Magi first saw Jesus. This day (January 6) is also called Epiphany (which means “manifestation”). Shakespeare probably wrote Twelth Night for an Epiphany celebration; you should not take the title as referring in any way to when the play is set, or the passage of time in the play.

Although the title does not refer to the setting, in Twelth Night characters do have revelations or epiphanies. Another reason the title is fitting is that in Elizabethan England, Epiphany was a day of festivals and celebrations. The mood of Twelth Night is celebratory, and one of the themes of the play is to assert the fundamental goodness of celebration and festival. Those who would interfere with such happiness are either converted from their position or dealt with harshly.

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