Shakespeare Biographies and Criticism
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.
Soliloquy! Tthe Shakespeare Monologues Women
Paperback ISBN: 0936839791
Your one-stop classical workshop! At last, over 175 of Shakespeare's finest and most performable monologues taken from all thirty-seven plays are here in two easy-to-use volumes (Men and Women). Selections travel the entire spectrum of the great dramatist's vision, from comedies, wit and romances, to tragedies, pathos and histories. Soliloquy! is an excellent and comprehensive collection of Shakespeare's speeches. Not only are the monologues wide-ranging and varied, but they are superbly annotated. Each volume is prefaced by an informative and reassuring introduction, which explains the signals and signposts by which Shakespeare helps the actor on his journey through the text. It includes a very good explanation of blank verse, with excellent examples of irregularities which are specifically related to character and acting intentions. These two books are a must for any actor in search of a 'classical' audition piece.'- Elizabeth Smith, Voice Director, Juilliard
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 Year in the Life of William Shakespeare
Paperback ISBN: 0060088745
1599 was an epochal year for Shakespeare and England Shakespeare wrote four of his most famous plays: Henry the Fifth, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and, most remarkably, Hamlet; Elizabethans sent off an army to crush an Irish rebellion, weathered an Armada threat from Spain, gambled on a fledgling East India Company, and waited to see who would succeed their aging and childless queen. James Shapiro illuminates both Shakespeares staggering achievement and what Elizabethans experienced in the course of 1599, bringing together the news and the intrigue of the times with a wonderful evocation of how Shakespeare worked as an actor, businessman, and playwright. The result is an exceptionally immediate and gripping account of an inspiring moment in history.
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.