Much Ado About Nothing
This edition includes an overview of Shakespeare's life, an introduction by the editor, David L. Stevenson, dramatic criticism from past and present critics, a comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors and productions, and notes defining unknown terms. 166 pgs, pb.
Set in the quiet town of Messina, Italy, the respected nobleman Leonato is preparing for the return of his friends from war. Upon their arrival, Claudio quickly falls in love with Leonato's daughter Hero, and Benedict and Beatrice (Leonato's niece) secretly fall in love under a mutual pretense of dislike for one another. When the trouble-causing Don John creates mischief for these young couples, will they fall victim to his efforts or will love sustain them?