A Reader's Guide to Shakespeare

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The purpose of this book is simple: to support and guide readers in the happier task of understanding Shakespeare's writings so that they can be more fully enjoyed.

The volume opens with a sixty-page biographical essay and closes with an account of how the image of Shakespeare and the evaluation of his work has changed over the centuries. The heart of the book is a series of individual essays--arranged alphabetically and styled uniformly--for every play. Each essay begins with ...

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Overview

The purpose of this book is simple: to support and guide readers in the happier task of understanding Shakespeare's writings so that they can be more fully enjoyed.

The volume opens with a sixty-page biographical essay and closes with an account of how the image of Shakespeare and the evaluation of his work has changed over the centuries. The heart of the book is a series of individual essays--arranged alphabetically and styled uniformly--for every play. Each essay begins with basic information about the play, including the list of principal characters. A lucid synopsis of the story follows (making even difficult works such as Cymbeline and Pericles easy to comprehend). The play's methods and meanings are then considered in a concise and probing critical treatment.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780760714942
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Pages: 482

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2005

    A great read

    Do you really want to know Shakespeare? Do you want easily accessable subheadings to quickly find a certain category? Do you want clear language and a 'readable' text? Then this is the book you should buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2000

    Want to KNOW Shakespeare?

    Does Shakespeare's Elizabethan terminology confuse you? Are there portions of the stories in Shakespeare that you don't understand? Would you like to have an intelligent viewpoint and critic about a play? Then this is the book for you! A Reader's Guide to Shakespeare outlines Shakespeare's plays so that you have a basic story line to go by. Then Rosenblum will critic the play to see what Shakespeare was really driving at! It also has key lines from plays noted throughout the book. In addition you'll see photos from famous actors in plays written by Shakespeare. There is also an outlined biography section on Shakespeare's personal life, and on his writing career. I am a Shakespeare fan, and can understand most of Shakespeare's plays, but this book really cleared up a lot for me by putting each story in a very simple format. That is what I've really enjoyed about it. And what a price, huh? That's pocket change for this big book!

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