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what is the historical background of as you like it?

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dhruvmehta07 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 25, 2011 at 3:12 PM via web

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what is the historical background of as you like it?

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madhurima13 | Student, Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted May 25, 2011 at 6:35 PM (Answer #1)

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As You Like It was probably written in 1599 or 1600, at the midway point of Shakespeare's career as a playwright. His principal source for the play was Thomas Lodge's pastoral romance, Rosalynde. Lodge's novel, published in 1590, was in turn adapted from The Tale of Gamelyn, a 14th-century narrative poem. Shakespeare rewrote the story even further; he introduced new themes and created a number of new characters including Jaques, Touchstone, William, and Audrey. He also gave his characters far more depth and dimension than they had in Lodge's novel....

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