by William Shakespeare
translated by Josh Wilder
Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2024
Paper: 978-0-86698-823-0 | eISBN: 978-0-86698-824-7
Library of Congress Classification PR2878.L6
Dewey Decimal Classification 812.6

Shakespeare’s early comedy reimagined for modern audiences.

Love’s Labour’s Lost is a wacky comedy of disguise and mischief, following the King of Navarre and his companions as they attempt to swear off the company of women. Focusing on bringing new life into the musicality of Shakespeare’s language, Josh Wilder’s translation of Love’s Labour’s Lost brings out the play’s romp and sass for a contemporary audience.

This translation of Love’s Labour’s Lost was written as part of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Play On! project, which commissioned new translations of thirty-nine Shakespeare plays. These translations present the work of “The Bard” in language accessible to modern audiences while never losing the beauty of Shakespeare’s verse. Enlisting the talents of a diverse group of contemporary playwrights, screenwriters, and dramaturges from diverse backgrounds, this project reenvisions Shakespeare for the twenty-first century. These volumes make these works available for the first time in print—a new First Folio for a new era.