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Shakespeare: The Life, the Works, the Treasures

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This fascinating new entry in the popular Treasures series tells the story of William Shakespeare. Fifteen removable facsimile documents not only illuminate Shakespeare's personal life, but also allow us to examine potential sources for his plays and his relationship to history. All his work is examined—including the Bard's full-length poems and sonnets—and a final section highlights adaptations of his work in...

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Overview

This fascinating new entry in the popular Treasures series tells the story of William Shakespeare. Fifteen removable facsimile documents not only illuminate Shakespeare's personal life, but also allow us to examine potential sources for his plays and his relationship to history. All his work is examined—including the Bard's full-length poems and sonnets—and a final section highlights adaptations of his work in a variety of media.

Facsimile items include:
- The record of Shakespeare's baptism
- An eight-page extract from the First Folio of Shakespeare's works
- A poster for a performance by Ira Aldridge in Othello in 1851
- Shakespeare's will
- A ticket for the Jubilee celebrations in 1769
- A prop letter for Macbeth with Ellen Terry's signature
- A costume design for a performance of King Lear by Colin Redgrave
- A poster advertising a Japanese production of King Lear
- A poster for Laurence Olivier's film version of Henry V

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Produced with the cooperation of England's famed Royal Shakespeare Company, this attractive package contains 30 rare, removable Bard of Avon facsimiles of and a CD that contains key excerpts from his plays. A keepsake and a treasure.
Library Journal

This lavish coffee-table book celebrates Shakespeare, his world, his plays, their later reception, and the subsequent presence of his work not only on the stage but in film and other media. Illustrated with color pictures and photographs, it also contains 30 items of removable facsimile memorabilia: e.g., copies of the playwright's baptism record, an extract from the First Folio of 1623, Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway's marriage bond, and the movie poster for Laurence Olivier's 1944 screen production of Henry V . There is also an audio CD of selections from the plays, performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, which coproduced this text. An extended essay by Alexander (fellow, Shakespeare Inst., Univ. of Birmingham), who has written numerous books on the bard, helps pull it all together. More than just another Shakespeare book; recommended especially for public libraries as a valuable resource to teachers or as a gift for literate friends.-T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong Atlantic State Univ., Savannah, GA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780233003214
  • Publisher: Carlton Books
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,361,483
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine M.S. Alexander is a Fellow at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, and formerly lectured at the Shakespeare Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon. She collaborates with the RSC's Educational Department and contributes to RSC theater programs. Her books include Shakespeare and Sexuality, Shakespeare and Race, Shakespeare and Language, and Shakespeare and Politics (Cambridge University Press), and the three-volume Cambridge Shakespeare Library.

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