Twelfth Night or, What You Will William Shakespeare, Burton Raffel, Harold Bloom

The Annotated Shakespeare
Publication date:
28 Jun 2007
Yale University Press
192 pages: 197 x 127 x 13mm


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Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s funniest plays and also one of his most romantic. A young noblewoman, Viola,  shipwrecked in a foreign land and separated from her twin brother, dresses as a man in order to enter the service of Orsino, duke of Illyria. Complications ensue—deceptions, infatuations, misdirected overtures, malevolent pranks—as everyone is drawn into the hilarious confusion.

Burton Raffel is Distinguished Professor of Arts and Humanities Emeritus and professor of English emeritus, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The most recent of his many  publications is Selected Poems by Nicolas Boileau, published by Yale University Press. He lives in Lafayette. Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University, is the author of many books, including The Western Canon, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, and Jesus and Yahweh: The Names Divine.

Selected as an Outstanding Academic Title, 2008 AAUP University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries.

"The combination of clear, student-friendly annotations, an explanatory introduction, and an essay by Harold Bloom, along with an extensive well-organized list for further reading make these editions outstanding choices for the high school media center. Teachers and students will find these editions invaluable in 'creating the necessary bridges from Shakespeare's four-centuries-old English to ours' (from 'About this Book')."?Judith Repman, University Press Books (Outstanding title for 2008)