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Henry V
Henry V
Paperback      ISBN: 1840224215

Edited, introduced and annotated by Cedric Watts, M.A., Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of English, University of Sussex.

The Wordsworth Classics' Shakespeare Series, with Henry V as its inaugral volume, presents a newly-edited sequence of William Shakespeare's works. The textual editing endeavours to take account of recent scholarship while giving the material a careful reappraisal.

Henry V is the most famous and influential of Shakespeare's history plays. Its powerful patriotic rhetoric has resounded down the ages, gaining eloquent expression in Laurence Olivier's renowned film. Henry himself, astute and charismatic, who led his 'band of brothers' to victory in the Battle of Agincourt, could indeed seem to be 'this star of England'. In recent decades the play has attracted increasing critical attention and is now highly controversial. Kenneth Branagh's film-production reflected the changing valuation. Does this play have a sceptical sub-text which subverts its patriotism? Is Henry's achievement beset by irony? Has current scepticism distorted a predominantly and proudly nationalistic drama? Henry V demonstrates Shakespeare's acclaimed ability to bring new complexity to the material that he adapted, so that different eras may find within his work the familiar and the strange, the congenial and the harsh, the sustaining and the challenging.

This Wooden O: Shakespeare's Globe Reborn: Achieving an American's Dream
This Wooden O: Shakespeare's Globe Reborn
Achieving an American's Dream
Paperback      ISBN: 0879102675

The story of one man's dream fulfilled, This Wooden "O" tells of American actor Sam Wanamake's efforts to reconstruct Shakespeare's Globe Theater. "A tale of intrigue and bitter rivalry, it reads more like a political thriller than a slice of recent theatrical history." -Time Out (London) "...an extraordinary document of human endeavor. When I got to the final pages I found there were tears running down my face." -Rosemary Harris

Shakespeare's Monologues for Women
Shakespeare's Monologues for Women
Paperback      ISBN: 0940669129

Features a collection of monologues for women from the works of William Shakespeare that have been complied for dramatic impact, with informative introduction.

Shakespeare's Genealogies: Plots & Illustrated Family Trees For All 42 Works
Shakespeare's Genealogies
Plots & Illustrated Family Trees For All 42 Works
Hardcover      ISBN: 1595910379

A full-color, fold-out volume provides detailed genealogies of more than one thousand characters from all thirty-nine of Shakespeare's plays, along with plot descriptions of each play, a genealogy of Shakespeare's own family, dozens of full-color photographs and artifacts, and special sections on Elizabethan playwrights, theater, and actors. 25,000 first printing.

Essential Shakespeare Handbook
Essential Shakespeare Handbook
Paperback      ISBN: 0789493330

Offering a user-friendly, beautifully illustrated guide to every play in the Shakespeare canon, as well as a portrait of the Bard's life and the world of Elizabethan and Jacobean theater, the "Essential Shakespeare Handbook" is an innovative and entertaining book which unravels the complexities of Shakespeare's plays and poems. Written in a clear and engaging style, this book will enrich the experience of the Bard's work on the page, stage, and screen.

Shakespeare And the Ideal of Love
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.
Shakespeare: An Introduction: Ideas in Profile
Shakespeare: An Introduction
Ideas in Profile
Paperback      ISBN: 1781253374
Ideas in Profile: Small Introductions to Big Topics

Shakespeare is the world's greatest writer. In this lively and authoritative introduction, Paul Edmondson presents Shakespeare afresh as a dramatist and poet, and encourages us to take ownership of the works for ourselves as words to be spoken as well as discussed. We get a wide sense of what his life was like, his rich language, and astonishing cultural legacy. We catch glimpses of Shakespeare himself, how he wrote and see what his works mean to readers and theatre practitioners. Above all, we see how Shakespeare tackled the biggest themes of humanity: power, history, war and love.

Shakespeare scholar Paul Edmondson guides us through the most important questions around Shakespeare and in the process reminds us just why he is so celebrated in the first place.
Shakespeare and Co.: Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher and the Other Players in His Story
Shakespeare and Co.
Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher and the Other Players in His Story
Hardcover      ISBN: 0375424946

From one of our most distinguished Shakespeare scholars, here is a fascinating, lively, anecdotal work of forensic biography that firmly places Shakespeare within the hectic, exhilarating world in which he lived and wrote.
Theater in Shakespeare's day was a burgeoning "growth industry." Everyone knew everyone else, and they all sought to learn, borrow or steal from one another. As Stanley Wells suggests: "To see Shakespeare as one among a great company is only to enhance our sense of what made him unique."
Wells explores Elizabethan and Jacobean theater, both behind the scenes and in front of the curtain. He examines how the great actors of the time influenced Shakespeare's work. He writes about the lives and works of the other major writers of Shakespeare's day and discusses Shakespeare's relationships--sometimes collaborative--with each of them. And throughout, Wells shares his vast knowledge of the period, re-creating and celebrating the sheer richness and variety of Shakespeare's social and cultural milieus.
"Shakespeare and Co." gives us a new understanding of how the Bard achieved unparalleled singularity as the greatest writer in the language.

Shakespeare, the Director's Cut
Shakespeare, the Director's Cut
by Unknown
Paperback      ISBN: 1909305316
Shakespeare's Gardens
Shakespeare's Gardens
Hardcover      ISBN: 0711237263

Shakespeare's Gardens is a highly illustrated, informative book about the gardens that William Shakespeare knew as a boy and tended as a man, published to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in April 2016. This anniversary will be the focus of literary celebration of the man's life and work throughout the English speaking world and beyond. The book will focus on the gardens that Shakespeare knew, including the five gardens in Stratford upon Avon in which he gardened and explored. From his birthplace in Henley Street, to his childhood playground at Mary Arden's Farm, to his courting days at Anne Hathaway's Cottage and his final home at New Place - where he created a garden to reflect his fame and wealth. Cared for by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, these gardens are continually evolving to reflect our ongoing knowledge of his life. The book will also explore the plants that Shakespeare knew and wrote about in 17th century England: their use in his work and the meanings that his audiences would have picked up on - including mulberries, roses, daffodils, pansies, herbs and a host of other flowers. More than four centuries after the playwright lived, whenever we think of thyme, violets or roses, we more often than not still remember a quote from the 39 plays and 154 sonnets written by him.