Shakespeare Biographies and Criticism
Shakespeare and Co.
Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Johnson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher and the Other Players in His Story
Paperback ISBN: 0307280535
A critical study of the world of Elizabethan and Jacobean theater and of Shakepeare's integral role within the theater of the period looks at the great actors with whom Shakespeare worked, their interpretations of his plays, and the lives and the works of other writers of his day, including Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Middleton, and others. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
Shakespeare And the Ideal of Love
Paperback ISBN: 1594771456
Reveals the influence of the Renaissance scholar-priest Marsilio Ficino on Shakespeare and how the Neoplatonic philosophy of love shaped the inner meaning of his work • Shows how Shakespeare’s works offer a path back to the divine unity of all things • Explains the role of love in the Christian-Platonic concept of the three worlds In Love’s Labours Lost, Shakespeare talks of the true Promethean fire that is lit by the doctrine he reads in women’s eyes. What is this doctrine and what is this true Promethean fire to which it gives birth? In Shakespeare and the Ideal of Love, Jill Line shows that Shakespeare shared the perennial philosophy of a long line of teachers, including Hermes Tristmegistus, Pythagoras, Plato, Plotinus, and especially the Florentine scholar and mystic Marsilio Ficino. The answer to these questions, Line claims, lies in Ficino’s Christian-Platonic philosophy of love, from which all Shakespeare’s plays have their genesis. Love, according to Ficino, is the force that inspired the creation of the worlds of the angelic mind, the soul, and the material, and it is through love that each of these worlds expands into the next. Love is also the vehicle that allows human beings to make the return journey to the source of their being, where they find unity in God. This is the path on which all of Shakespeare’s lovers embark. Jill Line explains how Shakespeare’s plays represent more than poetic literary constructs: They are mirrors of the progress of the soul, in many conditions and situations, as it returns to the divine unity of all things.
Will in the World
How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
Paperback ISBN: 039332737x
A portrait of Elizabethan England and how it contributed to the making of William Shakespeare discusses how he moved to London lacking money, connections, and a formal education; started a family; attempted to forge his career in the competitive theater world; grappled with dangerous religious and political forces; and rose to became his age's foremost playwright. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.
A Shakespeare Thesaurus
Paperback ISBN: 3487097761
A Shakespeare Thesaurus is the first attempt to organize and classify the entire Shakespearean vocabulary. It presents the "world" that is to be derived from Shakespeare’s idiolect and provides a vivid impression of the Elizabethan world. The perspective is, thus, not solely personal, literary, or linguistic but also historical, sociological, and cultural. This classified inventory consists of 37 main groups and 897 subgroups, ranging from the Physical World to Sense Perception, Law to Religion, Time to Space. This unique reference?a treasury of information about Shakespeare and his world?is both indispensable for scholars and students and fascinating for the browser, the curious, and the imaginative. Among Marvin Spevak’s previous works is The Harvard Concordance to Shakespeare.
Shakespeare After All
Paperback ISBN: 0385722141
Reflecting thirty years of scholarship, a comprehensive companion to the plays of Shakespeare presents the plays in chronological order, examining the playwright's stylistic and literary development and the recurring themes and motifs of the plays, accompanied by chapters on Shakespeare's world and stage, a critical biography, and a detailed index. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.