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Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare: A Guide to Understanding and Enjoying the Works of Shakespeare
     

Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare: A Guide to Understanding and Enjoying the Works of Shakespeare

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by Isaac Asimov, Rafael Palacios
 
Shakespeare's genius is marked by his rare ability to appeal to theatergoers of all types and all levels of education. But for most modern folks, the Greek and Roman mythology and history, let alone the history of England and the geography of sixteenth-century Europe that his works are laden with, are hardly within our grasp. Isaac Asimov comes to making obscure

Overview

Shakespeare's genius is marked by his rare ability to appeal to theatergoers of all types and all levels of education. But for most modern folks, the Greek and Roman mythology and history, let alone the history of England and the geography of sixteenth-century Europe that his works are laden with, are hardly within our grasp. Isaac Asimov comes to making obscure issues clear to the layperson, selects key passages from 38 of the great bard's plays plus two of his narrative poems and, with the help of beautifully rendered maps an figures, illuminates us about their historical and mythological background.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517268254
Publisher:
Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
1513
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.22(h) x 2.38(d)

Meet the Author

Isaac Asimov began his Foundation series at the age of 21, not realizing that it would one day be considered a cornerstone of science fiction. During his legendary career, Asimov penned over 400 books on subjects ranging from science to Shakespeare to history, though he was most loved for his award-winning science fiction sagas. Asimov entertained and educated readers of all ages for close to five decades, until he died, at the age of 72, in April 1992.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 20, 1920
Date of Death:
April 6, 1992
Place of Birth:
Petrovichi, Russia
Place of Death:
New York, New York
Education:
Columbia University, B.S. in chemistry, 1939; M.A. in chemistry, 1941; Ph.D. in biochemistry, 1948

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Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare: A Guide to Understanding and Enjoying the Works of Shakespeare 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
rodamu More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent guide to Shakespeare's plays giving background information, analysis of characters, plots and settings that often will make  the plays more meaningful.  The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has a copy in its in-house  library, often has it in stock at the Tudor Guild Gift Store--which shows the high regard  the company has for this book.  It is too bad it is not  a Nook book yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fantastic refererence guide with tons of information about each of Shakespeare's immortal works. Highly reccomended for research purposes