Shakespeare: The Essential Guide to the Life and Works of the Bard [NOOK Book]

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An authoritative, accessible overview of history's greatest literary figure

The great dramatist Ben Jonson wrote that William Shakespeare "was not of an age, but for all time." In the nearly four centuries since his death, Shakespeare's plays still have a tremendous impact on everything from the classroom to popular culture. Now you can have at your fingertips all the vital details on the most influential writer in the history of the English ...

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Shakespeare: The Essential Guide to the Life and Works of the Bard

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Overview

An authoritative, accessible overview of history's greatest literary figure

The great dramatist Ben Jonson wrote that William Shakespeare "was not of an age, but for all time." In the nearly four centuries since his death, Shakespeare's plays still have a tremendous impact on everything from the classroom to popular culture. Now you can have at your fingertips all the vital details on the most influential writer in the history of the English language—straight from one of the most trusted sources of information in the world.

In Shakespeare, Encyclopaedia Britannica presents a concise and balanced overview of the Bard's life, work, and legacy. From his upbringing in Stratford to his early theater career in London, from his poetry and plays to the controversy surrounding his authorship, from his contemporaries and collaborators to his critics past and present, this comprehensive guide provides the necessary background to appreciate Shakespeare's unique place in world literature.

This informative volume also looks at new interpretive approaches to Shakespeare and his work and offers insights from the foremost Shakespeare scholars in the world, including David Bevington (University of Chicago), Stephen J. Greenblatt (Harvard University), and Gail Kern Paster (Folger Shakespeare Library), among others. Every concise entry—from All's Well That Ends Well to The Winter's Tale—promotes a deeper understanding of Shakespeare's life, times, writings, and influence that only Encyclopaedia Britannica can provide.

Since 1768, Encyclopaedia Britannica has been a leading provider of learning products and one of the world's most trusted sources of information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620459683
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 12/1/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 294
  • File size: 3 MB

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Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, is a leading provider of learning and knowledge products as well as one of the world’s most trusted sources of information on every topic imaginable—from the origins of the universe to current events and everything in between.

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Table of Contents


Note to the Reader     vii
Introduction   Gail Kern Paster     1
All's Well That Ends Well     11
Antony and Cleopatra     12
As You Like It     13
Assessment     14
Authorship     15
Bacon, Sir Francis     18
Beaumont, Francis     25
Blackfriars Theatre     27
A Closer Look: Theaters in the Liberties   Steven Mullaney     28
Burbage, Richard     35
Collaborations and Spurious Attributions     36
The Comedy of Errors     37
Coriolanus     38
Criticism     39
Cymbeline     46
The Dark Lady     47
Davenant, William     48
Dekker, Thomas     50
Derby, William Stanley, 6th Earl of     51
Early Plays     51
Edward III     59
Elizabeth I     61
Elizabethan Poetry and Prose     77
Elizabethan Theater     89
A Closer Look: Shakespeare on Theater   Alvin B. Kernan     93
The First Folio     98
Fletcher, John     102
Folger Shakespeare Library     104
The Globe Theatre     105
Greene, Robert     111
Hamlet     113
Hathaway, Anne     115
Henry IV, Part 1     115
Henry IV, Part 2     117
Henry V     118
Henry VI, Part 1     120
Henry VI, Part 2     121
Henry VI, Part 3     122
Henry VIII     123
Holinshed, Raphael     124
Jonson, Ben     125
Julius Caesar     131
King John     132
King Lear     133
A Closer Look: Music in Shakespeare's Plays   Mary Springfels     135
Kyd, Thomas     143
Life     144
The Lord Chamberlain's Men     151
Love's Labour's Lost     153
Macbeth     154
Marlowe, Christopher     155
Mature Plays     162
Marston, John     183
Massinger, Philip     184
Measure for Measure     186
The Merchant of Venice     187
The Merry Wives of Windsor     188
Middleton, Thomas     190
A Midsummer Night's Dream     192
A Closer Look: Shakespeare and Opera   Chantal Schutz     193
Much Ado about Nothing     206
Othello     207
Oxford, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of     208
Pericles, Prince of Tyre     210
Poetry     211
Raleigh, Sir Walter     212
Richard II     215
Richard III     217
Romeo and Juliet     218
A Closer Look: Viewing Shakespeare on Film   Kenneth S. Rothwell     219
Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)     232
Sexuality     233
Sidney, Sir Philip     238
Social and Intellectual Context     242
Sources     247
Southampton, Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of     251
Spenser, Edmund     252
Stratford-upon-Avon     261
The Taming of the Shrew     261
The Tempest     263
The Theatre     264
Timon of Athens     265
Titus Andronicus     266
Troilus and Cressida     267
Twelfth Night     268
The Two Gentlemen of Verona     269
The Two Noble Kinsmen     271
University Wits     272
Wars of the Roses      272
Webster, John     275
W. H., Mr.     275
The Winter's Tale     276
Chronology of the Plays     279
Selected Filmography     281
Bibliography     288
Credits     294
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