Shakespeare In an Hour

Shakespeare In an Hour

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by Christopher Baker
     
 

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In 1587, when William Shakespeare was twenty-three, the acting troupe Queen's Men played in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon with one player short. Shakespeare's childhood fascination with theater suddenly found a perfect outlet — he joined the Queen's Men and replaced the missing actor. Shortly thereafter young William traveled to London in pursuit of an

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In 1587, when William Shakespeare was twenty-three, the acting troupe Queen's Men played in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon with one player short. Shakespeare's childhood fascination with theater suddenly found a perfect outlet — he joined the Queen's Men and replaced the missing actor. Shortly thereafter young William traveled to London in pursuit of an acting career. But acting soon gave way to an even more glorious adventure when Shakespeare realized that he might have a talent for writing plays.

Setting the playwright in context to his personal life, social, historical and political events, other writers of influence, and more, you will quickly gain a deep understanding of Shakespeare and the plays he wrote. Read Shakespeare in an Hour and experience his plays like never before. Know the playwright, love the play!

The book features:

• Shakespeare in an Hour, the main essay of the book

• Shakespeare In a Minute, a snapshot chronology

• A complete listing of Shakespeare's work

• A list of Shakespeare's contemporaries in all fields

• Excerpts from Shakespeare's significant works

• An extensive bibliography grouped according to type of reader

• An index of the main essay.

Playwrights in an Hour is a series devoted to the most produced and studied playwrights in the English language, from the Greek masters to contemporary writers, and written by leading authorities in the field. Each short book places the playwright and his or her work in historical, social, and literary context.

Editorial Reviews

American Theatre Magazine
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is] a kind of Great Playwrights for Dummies series ...they are brisk and lively
Stage Directions
These 27 [of the Playwrights in an Hour Series] books should be especially welcomed by actors and directors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936232048
Publisher:
Smith & Kraus, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Series:
Playwrights in an Hour
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
1,082,611
Product dimensions:
4.60(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.30(d)

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Doug Langworthy
Essential and enjoyable reading for any theatergoer. (Doug Langworthy, Denver Center Theatre Company)
Robert Brustein
You will find great value in these attractive little volumes [of the Playwrights in an Hour Series]. (Robert Brustein, Founding Director of Yale and American Repertory Theaters)

Meet the Author

Christopher Baker is senior dramaturg at Hartford Stage, where he has been since 1998, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Massachusetts. He previously served as the dramaturg for The Shakespeare Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory Company, and the Alley Theatre and taught at the University of North Carolina and the Hartt School. As a director he has staged many works, including his own play for children, Calliope Jam. A contributor to the book The Production Notebooks, his articles have appeared in Theatre Journal, Hog River Journal, American Theatre magazine, the Hartford Courant, and the book The Lively ART.

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Marigold88 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! An old friend of mine is a Shakespeare buff and actor of Shakespearean plays. He and I had several lively talks about the information given in the book about the life and times of Shakespeare. It was fun and the book and those conversations inspired me to download the Complete Works of Shakespeare. Both of these books are free, which fits my pocketbook right now.
Kathifitzgerald More than 1 year ago
I read this on a flight and felt that it was time very well-spent. The biographical narrative, however speculative it might be, is fascinating. The snippets of text from actual plays motivated me to pick up a couple of the Bard's works I had never read before. Definitely a worthwhile download!
Azuvala More than 1 year ago
This book was a lovely read. Because I read the reviews ahead of time, I knew it wouldn't be official Shakespeare, so I was looking forward to really getting a feel for his general style. I learned quite a bit from reading this, even after it took a couple pages to really get into it. This book incorporates his history and life nicely into the text. It reads more like a story than a biography. It comments on the plays that Shakespeare wrote and their relevance, and it does everything very concisely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is really a biography of Shakespeare. Covers his whole life including items of controversey. Also included tables of events in history, and other fields that happened during his life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It portrays Shakespeare as a theater genius. Overall, great book.
Librophile More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. I am a huge fan of Willy S. and this slim volume cuts through the junk and gives an honest take on my man Bill. Download it, what do have to lose....it's free!
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sneginka228 More than 1 year ago
This was a great little history of Shakespeare. From his family life to his business ventures, this ebook has a little bit of everything and is well worth your time if you're a fan of the Bard!
DonnaV52 More than 1 year ago
This book took me a while to get into, but once I was past about 25 pages, I really enjoyed it. It gave a brief overview of his plays and a couple of scenes from the favorite ones. It also gave a very nice history of Shakespeare's life, from what they know. I especially enjoyed the last portion which gave many references for various readers, i.e., students, actors, playwrights, directors, etc.
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Wonderful way to brush-up on your Shakespeare!
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A good review of all I once knew. Quick reference which places him in relevant period - historical and cultural. And relates both to his writings.
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I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Very easy read. Learned alot
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