The Complete Idiot's Guide to Shakespeare's Plays

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Shakespeare's Plays

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by Cynthia Greenwood
     
 

Here Art Thou, True Shakespeare!

This accessible new guide to Shakespeare's major plays focuses on the essence of the spoken word and the benefits of watching the plays in performance - on the stage or screen - whenever possible. You'll find tips about plot, theme, famous passages and soliloquies, and how to hear the music within the Bard's verse and

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Here Art Thou, True Shakespeare!

This accessible new guide to Shakespeare's major plays focuses on the essence of the spoken word and the benefits of watching the plays in performance - on the stage or screen - whenever possible. You'll find tips about plot, theme, famous passages and soliloquies, and how to hear the music within the Bard's verse and wordplay.

Remember - Shakespearean theatre is a social art form, and in its earliest days, it was highly commercial. This book brings you closer to the heady world of freelance playwriting and the London playhouses of the 1590s. As a playwright and sharer in the Globe theatre, Shakespeare was at the forefront of Western show business. This book highlights Shakespeare's career, his dramatic influences, and what 16th-century playgoers in London would have experienced inside the theatre.

In The Complete Idiot's Guide to Shakespeare's Plays cultural and historical contexts for the major plays are explored, offering perspectives of the director and actor, in addition to that of the scholar and close reader. In particular, the book takes you behind the scenes with Shakespearean directors, who offer commentary about key challenges presented by the plays, famous roles, and a host of other production concerns. Professional actors also discuss how they've tackled lead roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Tempest, among others. You'll find:

Twenty (20) major plays explored in depth, explaining literary terms? and Elizabethan English, with attention to language and verse;
A look at how the plays have been staged, from the earliest playhouses to contemporary auditoriums;
Appendices spotlighting Shakespeare's likely collaborations, a glossary, suggested further reading, and tips about acclaimed film and audio versions.

Perfect for English and drama students, general readers, theatergoers, and actors.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592577088
Publisher:
DK
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Series:
Complete Idiot's Guide Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
7.42(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Cynthia Greenwood taught English, Shakespeare's plays and sonnets, and an introductory film course at the college level for nine years. She was the classical arts critic for the Houston Press from 1998 to 2002, and has written for the Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, New York Times, and San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SavannahVanwinkle More than 1 year ago
Cynthia Greenwood, this is a great book for teens my age who struggle with understanding shakespeare. It really helped me out before attending a play i figured i would get completely lost in. This book is a HUGE help. From the pictures to even the side quotes, it really breaks each and every play down in a way that is simple to understand yet it still gives you all the important information that is needed to know. I highly recommend this book to teens 16 and up through college,really anyone who is interested in shakespeares plays.