The Arden Shakespeare has long set the gold standard in annotated, scholarly editions of Shakespeare's plays. Each Arden edition in the Third Series offers a modernized text with comprehensive commentary notes glossing meanings, discussing staging issues and explaining literary allusions, together with a lengthy, illustrated introduction by a leading scholar exploring the play's critical, theatrical and historical contexts.
The General Editors for the Third Series are Richard Proudfoot, Emeritus Professor, King's College London; Professor Ann Thompson, King's College London; Professor David Scott Kastan, Yale University; and Professor H.R. Woudhuysen, Lincoln College, University of Oxford. The Associate General Editor is George Walton Williams, Emeritus Professor, Duke University.
Harold F. Brooks takes this popular Shakespearean comedy/fantasy to task, examining all the aspects of the play with regard to characterization, story, plot twists, and other aspects designed to engage inquiring students' minds.