This collection of essays is aimed at students who are working on the three texts that have customarily been grouped together as Shakespeares problem plays. At first sight these plays appear to have only a little in common. Alls Well That Ends Well, written around 1602-4, was based on a section of the fourteenth-century Florentine writer Giovanni Boccaccios stories in the collected Decameron, and in terms of form is clearly a comedy. The action moves between a number of European cities, with all the intricacies and confusions of plot that the reader might associate with such plays as Shakespeares early comedy success, A Midsummer Nights Dream (1595-6), or the popular Twelfth Night, which was written slightly before Alls Well That Ends Well.
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