Shakespeare

Shakespeare

by Mark Van Doren
     
 

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This legendary book by an esteemed poet and beloved professor at Columbia University features a series of smart, witty, deeply perceptive essays about each of Shakespeare's plays, together with a further discussion of the poems. Writing with an incomparable knowledge of his subject but without a hint of pedantry, Van Doren elucidates both the astonishing boldness

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This legendary book by an esteemed poet and beloved professor at Columbia University features a series of smart, witty, deeply perceptive essays about each of Shakespeare's plays, together with a further discussion of the poems. Writing with an incomparable knowledge of his subject but without a hint of pedantry, Van Doren elucidates both the astonishing boldness and myriad subtleties of Shakespeare's protean art. His Shakespeare is a book to be treasured by both new and longtime students of the Bard.

Editorial Reviews

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"Van Doren’s Shakespeare got me through Harry Levin’s [Harvard] course back in 1951. Whenever I read a Shax play I reread what Van Doren said about it." — John Updike

"Professor Van Doren enlightens us, not because he has any special knowledge or private advantages, but because his love of Shakespeare has been greater than our own." — W.H. Auden

"If during my stay at Columbia I had met only Mark Van Doren and his work, it would have been worth the trouble." — Delmore Schwartz

"It was the force of his example that made me a poet." — John Berryman

Library Journal
★ 01/01/2014
Published in 1939, this essay collection is recommended for readers who, having just read or seen one of Shakespeare's plays, are in search of a short but thoughtful interpretation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590171684
Publisher:
New York Review Books
Publication date:
09/09/2005
Series:
New York Review Books Classics Series
Pages:
302
Sales rank:
261,644
Product dimensions:
4.99(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.82(d)

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