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Shakespeare's Book of Genesis


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Criticism of As You Like It commonly treats the play as escapist fiction, "lighthearted comedy appealing to readers at all stages and in all lighter moods." Thomas Lodge's novel Rosalind (1590), an Elizabethan entertainment, conforms to this description, and before writing As You Like It Shakespeare inspected a later edition, seeing how it might and might not serve his turn. Critics of his play tend to read both play and novel as chips off the same block, however.

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