Shakespeare Biographies and Criticism
Shaw on Shakespeare
An Anthology of Bernard Shaw's Writings on the Plays and Production of Shakespeare
Paperback ISBN: 1557835616
"With the single exception of Homer, there is no eminent writer, not even Sir Walter Scott, whom I can despise so entirely as I despise Shakespeare when I measure my mind against his." - From SHAW ON SHAKESPEARE Celebrated playwright, critic and essayist George Bernard Shaw was more like the Elizabethan master that he would ever admit. Both men were intristic dramatists who shared a rich and abiding respect for the stage. Shakespeare was the produce of a tempestuous and enlightening era under the reign of his patron, Queen Elizabeth I; while G.B.S. reflected the racy and risque spirt of the late 19th century as the champion of modern drama by playwrights like Ibsen, and, later, himself. Culled from Shaw's reviews, prefaces, letters to actors and critics, and other writings, SHAW ON SHAKESPEARE offers a fascinating and unforgettable portrait of the 16th century playwright by his most outspoken critic. This is a witty and provocative classic that combines Shaw's prodigious critical acumen with a superlative prose style second to none (except, perhaps, Shakespeare!).
The Art of Almost Raising the Dead
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0820704164
Shakespeare is often assumed to be the most secular of Renaissance playwrights. Yet the practical religion of the day permeates his plays. Benson (English, Malone College) examines the images of resurrection used by Shakespeare in both the comedies and tragedies. While there are no real returns from the dead in the plays, the imagery of resurrection is often used and the return of those thought dead is a common trope, especially in the comedies. Even the deaths of characters such as Romeo and Juliet, Desdemona and Hamlet are laced with images of the Christian Resurrection. Benson also looks at the ways in which Shakespeare uses a horror of resurrection in his pagan characters to contrast the positive response in Christianity. While in no way assuming that Shakespeare was proselytizing, Benson suggests that ignoring the images of resurrection and religion in the plays leaves out an important factor in the intent of the author. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The World As Stage
Paperback ISBN: 0061673692
A portrait of the bard is presented in the style of a travelogue based on interviews with actors, the curator of Shakespeare's Birthplace, and academics, in an account that also shares the author's whimsical recollections of his own adventures in Stratford-upon-Avon. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Shakespeare For Beginners
Paperback ISBN: 1934389293
Despite the reshifting of values that has affected every aspect of life in the 21st century, William Shakespeare still stands as the greatest writer the English language has ever produced. Even so, many people have never read him. If you have never read “the Bard”–or if you’ve tried and given up in frustration–you need Shakespeare For Beginners. Author Brandon Toropov opens with the observation that Shakespeare’s genius is not in his (or England’s) history, it’s in his words, most notably, his plays–in his brilliant stories, unforgettable characters, and the impossible beauty of his language. So Shakespeare For Beginners skips the historical foreplay and goes straight to Shakespeare’s plays. The book offers clear, concise descriptions and plot summaries of each play; it lists key phrases and important themes, explains the main ideas behind each work and features excerpt of important passages (with explanatory notes on tough words.) And it is the only ‘entry level’ book available outside Great Britain that covers all of Shakespeare’s plays.
The Shakespeare Wars
Clashing Scholars, Public Fiascoes, Palace Coups
Paperback ISBN: 0812978366
The best-selling author of Explaining Hitler offers a critical analysis of the vast array of Shakespearean scholarship and stage practice to discuss the various ways in which we view, read, interpret, and perform the Bard and to explore the diverse controversies and questions about the playwright and his work. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
A Legend and Its Legacy
Hardcover ISBN: 0671707078
A sociological look at the influence of Shakespeare's Shylock on world mythology describes the character's creation and his evolution on the stage, and presents writing about him by Proust, James, T. S. Eliot, and others. 10,000 first printing.
The Science of Shakespeare
A New Look at the Playwright's Universe
Hardcover ISBN: 1250008778
"William Shakespeare lived at a remarkable time--a period we now recognize as the first phase of the Scientific Revolution. New ideas were transforming Western thought, the medieval was giving way to the modern, and the work of a few key figures hinted at the brave new world to come: The methodical and rational Galileo, the skeptical Montaigne, and--as Falk convincingly argues--Shakespeare, who observed human nature just as intently as the astronomers who studied the night sky.In The Science of Shakespeare, we meet a colorful cast of Renaissance thinkers, including Thomas Digges, who published the first English account of the "new astronomy" and lived in the same neighborhood as Shakespeare; Thomas Harriot--"England's Galileo"--who aimed a telescope at the night sky months ahead of his Italian counterpart; and Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, whose observatory-castle stood within sight of Elsinore, chosen by Shakespeare as the setting for Hamlet--and whose family crest happened to include the names "Rosencrans" and "Guildensteren." And then there's Galileo himself: As Falk shows, his telescopic observations may have influenced one of Shakespeare's final works.Dan Falk's The Science of Shakespeare explores the connections between the famous playwright and the beginnings of the Scientific Revolution--and how, together, they changed the world forever"--