Dr. Lily Law
The book is entitled The Language of Love and Friendship in Shakespeare”s Plays. It deals with the themes of love and friendship in Shakespeare”s plays viz The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Love”s Labour”s Lost , The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing , The Winter”s Tale and Hamlet. In the Introduction to her book the author first discusses the classical and medieval origins of the concepts of love and friendship and also provides references to some of the seminal works of the contemporary Elizabethan period which also deal with love and friendship. Among them are John Lyly”s Eupheus : The Anatomy of Wit and Eupheus and his England, Sidney”s The Old Arcadia and Spenser”s The Faerie Queene , Books 111 and Books 1v. The Conclusion to her Book sums up the ultimate notions regarding the dual themes of love and friendship in Shakespeare plays as analyzed by Dr. Lily Law.