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Be an eyewitness to one of the world's greatest playwrights -- from his Elizabethan world and the stories that inspired him, to boy actors playing women and dramatic special effects. Find out how music was used in plays. Discover what Shakespeare did when the theaters were closed due to plague. See what the interior of the Globe theater looked like.

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Be an eyewitness to one of the world's greatest playwrights -- from his Elizabethan world and the stories that inspired him, to boy actors playing women and dramatic special effects. Find out how music was used in plays. Discover what Shakespeare did when the theaters were closed due to plague. See what the interior of the Globe theater looked like.

Presents the life and work of the English playwright William Shakespeare and provides information about the theater of sixteenth-century London.

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Gr 5-10-A look at a variety of topics pertaining to Elizabethan society in general and to Shakespeare's life in particular. Each spread sports a short introduction accompanied by numerous captioned photos and reproductions of places, people, and objects. Text and illustrations combine to enable readers to acquire a quick understanding of many interesting details that might be either overlooked or lost in a more standard prose text. For example, there are close-up photos of beautifully embroidered gloves and intricate carvings on a child's chair, items owned by wealthy Elizabethans. In addition, there is information that is sure to appeal to readers who might mistakenly regard Elizabethans as "stuffy," such as the fact that they "kicked footballs made from inflated pigs' bladders" or that "coneycatchers" (gamblers who cheated) were commonplace. The text and illustrations are superb, and the thorough index makes the material readily accessible. However, some may find that the order of topics isn't always logical. For instance, the spread on "Science and superstition" seems out of place between the explanations of Shakespeare's plays and a discussion of his return to Stratford. Nevertheless, the overall usefulness of the title, both for browsing as well as for reference purposes, outweighs this minor problem. A good companion to Shakespeare's plays and to standard nonfiction works, this title will also be of interest to those who, having read novels such as Gary Blackwood's Shakespeare's Scribe (Dutton, 2000), wish to learn more about the Bard's life and times.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405373272
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2011

Table of Contents

Shakespeare's birthplace 6
Going to school 8
Religious conflict 10
A country childhood 12
Country fun 14
The lost years 16
Up to London 18
London shows 20
Queen Elizabeth's court 22
The playwrights 24
England at war 26
Plague and poetry 28
Enemies and protectors 30
The Lord Chamberlain's Men 32
Building the Globe 34
Staging a play 36
Music and dance 38
Clothes and costumes 40
The boy player 42
The audience 44
Shakespeare's comedies 46
The King's Men 48
The famous tragedies 50
The Roman plays 52
Adventures and fairy tales 54
Science and superstition 56
Return to Stratford 58
Book publishing 60
Shakespeare's legacy 62
Did you know? 64
Who's who 66
Find out more 68
Glossary 70
Index 72
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2009

    Very Good Classroom Aid

    I plan to let my students use this text to teach themselves and their classmates about Shakespeare, to augment a course in writing their own scenes from the plays to act. Each day, one or more students will each present a section to the class, reading the informative text and showing the excellent illustrations.

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