Love's Labour's Lost

William Shakespeare

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Love's Labour's Lost is one of Shakespeare's early comedies. It tells the story of the King of Navarre and his three companions (Lords Berowne, Dumaine, and Longaville) who, in an attempt to spend three years studying and fasting, decide to avoid the company of women. This is all thwarted however with the arrival of the Princess of France and her court ladies. Setting up camp outside the court (due to the King having imposed a ban on women inside), the Princess and her companions stir feelings of love in the men. The play is notable for the inclusion of the longest word in all of Shakespeare's plays: honorificabilitudinitatibus. One of the main themes of Love's Labour's Lost, is that of masculine desire, which throughout the play is deferred and confused. The earliest recorded performance of this play was in 1597, before Queen Elizabeth.

Part of the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Great Books of the Western World set.

This book has 22,633 words, 110 pages in the PDF version, and was originally written in the mid 1590s.

Production notes: This ebook of Love's Labour's Lost was published by Global Grey on the 14th August 2019, and updated on the 7th June 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'Love's Labour's Lost' by Thomas Stothard.

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