William Shakespeare: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

(3187 words)
  • Rachel Willie (Bangor University)

One of Shakespeare’s earliest plays, The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a merry conceited comedy comprising clownish antics with a dog, outlaws, exile, an attempted rape, and betrayal of the bonds of love and friendship. Critics usually view its contrived and perhaps clunky handling of material as evidence of Shakespeare’s early style and of a writer beginning to understand the complexities of composing for the stage. Certainly, the play has been dated to c. 1590, but the first printed reference to it would seem to belie the idea that the play lacks compositional maturity:

Plautus and Seneca are accounted the best for Comedy and Tragedy among the Latines: so …
Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Willie, Rachel. "The Two Gentlemen of Verona". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 August 2014
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=8000, accessed 01 December 2015.]