Essential Shakespeare Handbookby Leslie Dunton-Downer
Featuring color illustrations throughout, this pocket guide introduces students and theater-goers to the work of William Shakespeare. Introductory essays provide information on his life and times, and are followed by commentaries on all 39 plays. Coverage extends to discussions of selected examples of Shakespeare's non- dramatic poetry. The cover is made of a very stiff paper with flaps that overlap the pages and serve as bookmarks. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
"Students will like the glossy, well-illustrated format; it is an English teacher's dream. Recommended." – Library Media Connection
"This simple, colorful handbook is a perfect companion to the playwright's complete works." – Library Journal
Character and plot summaries for every Shakespeare play and a few short guides to his life and times fill this visually appealing volume. The rich illustrations include original documents and engravings and photographs from stage and film adaptations. This simple, colorful handbook is a perfect companion to the playwright's complete works. (LJ 8/04)
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.75(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.19(d)
- Age Range:
- 12 - 17 Years
Meet the Author
Leslie Dunton-Downer, a fellow and lecturer at her alma mater, Harvard, is a founding member of the Cambridge Riverside Players, and has produced community readings of Shakespeare's plays. Her published works have earned her a Sheldon Fellowship, two Rockefeller Foundation Awards, and the International Orpheus Award.
Alan Riding is the European Cultural Correspondent for The New York Times based in Paris. He has covered countless Shakespearean performances, films, ballets, and operas.
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I absolutely LOVE the many hundreds of full-color pictures throughout this book, and I like that the book is divided into sections such as tragedies, comedies, historical plays, and poetry. I only wish the book would have been larger so that the print, and of course the beautiful photos would have been larger too. The size of the book is roughly 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches and is about 1.5 inches thick.
This book is designed for those who approach Shakespeare with a little anxiety, offering a very accessible format with tons of the pictures and tables DK does best. It's the best source I've found for synopses of each plays with brief, though insightful, discussions of each. It's worth the cover price for the photos alone; full color scenes from stage and screen productions, with a who's-who of Shakespearean actors and actors you don't normally associate with Shakespeare. Bardophiles will add it to already-burdened shelves of Shakespeare criticism, but it will be opened often by anyone wanting to understand and appreciate the treasure of Shakespeare's work and influence.
This is a great guide for someone who is not very familiar with Shakespeare's works. It provides a summary of all of the characters in each play as well as an easy-to-read summary of the plays. I use it so that I know what I'm going to read before I read one of the plays.