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Big Ideas: The Little Book of Shakespeare

Big Ideas: The Little Book of Shakespeare

by DK


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This compact, portable volume brings the plays and poems of William Shakespeare to life with photography, images, timelines, and quotes—the ultimate guide to understanding Shakespeare on the go.

Take the Bard to the beach! This compact guide brings Shakespeare's plays and poems to life with infographics and plot explanations. From his most famous plays, such as Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar, to less frequently performed works such as King John and Henry VIII, every play of the Shakespearean canon is collected here, along with his major poems and best-loved sonnets.

In The Little Shakespeare Book, each play includes an at-a-glance guide to story chronology, so you can easily get back on track if you get lost in Shakespeare's language. Character guides provide a handy reference for casual readers and an invaluable resource for playgoers and students writing reports on Shakespeare. An introduction to Shakespeare's life and times provides context.

The Little Shakespeare Book is the ultimate guide to understanding the work of William Shakespeare, and the perfect summer read to take along as you head out on vacation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781465475558
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Series: Big Ideas
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 575,823
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.88(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

DK was founded in London in 1974 and is now the world's leading illustrated reference publisher and part of Penguin Random House, formed on July 1, 2013. DK publishes highly visual, photographic nonfiction for adults and children. DK produces content for consumers in over 87 countries and in 62 languages, with offices in Delhi, London, Melbourne, Munich, New York, and Toronto. DK's aim is to inform, enrich, and entertain readers of all ages, and everything DK publishes, whether print or digital, embodies the unique DK design approach. DK brings unrivalled clarity to a wide range of topics with a unique combination of words and pictures, put together to spectacular effect. We have a reputation for innovation in design for both print and digital products.   Our adult range spans travel, including the award-winning DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, history, science, nature, sport, gardening, cookery, and parenting. DK’s extensive children’s list showcases a fantastic store of information for children, toddlers, and babies. DK covers everything from animals and the human body, to homework help and craft activities, together with an impressive list of licensing titles, including the bestselling LEGO® books. DK acts as the parent company for Alpha Books, publisher of the Idiot's Guides series and Prima Games, video gaming publishers, as well as the award-winning travel publisher, Rough Guides.

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

The Freelance Writer 1589-1594

In love, who respects friend? The Two Gentlemen of Verona 16

I know now how to tame a shrew The Taming of the Shrew 19

The commons, like an angry hive of bees that want their leader, scatter up and down Henry VI Part 2 22

I can smile, and murder whiles I smile Henry VI Part 3 25

This brawl today … shall send, between the red rose and the white, a thousand souls to death and deadly night Henry VI Part 1 28

Why, there they are, both bakèd in this pie Titus Andronicus 31

Made glorious summer by this son of York Richard III 34

To die is all as common as to live Edward III 38

What error drives our eyes and ears amiss? The Comedy of Errors 41

Hunting he loved, but love he laughed to scorn Venus Adonis 44

Who buys a minute's mirth to wail a week The Rape of Lucrece 48

The Lord Chamberlain's Man 1594-1803

Who can sever love from charity? Love's Labour's Lost 54

Down, down I come, like glist'ring Phaethon Richard II 57

A pair of star-crossed lovers Romeo Juliet 62

The course of true love never did run smooth A Midsummer Night's Dream 68

There is no sure foundation set on blood The Life and Death of King John 72

If you prick us, do we not bleed? The Merchant of Venice 75

Honour is a mere scutcheon Henry IV Part 1 80

Wives may be merry, and yet honest, too The Merry Wives of Windsor 84

We have heard the chimes at midnight Henry IV Part 2 87

Out on thee, seeming! I will write against it Much Ado About Nothing 92

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more Henry V 96

There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune Julius Caesar 100

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players As You Like It 104

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune Hamlet 110

Youth's a stuff will not endure Twelfth Night 116

War and lechery confound all Troilus Cressida 120

I scorn to change my state with kings' Shakespeare's Sonnets 124

That false fire which in his cheek so glowed A Lover's Complaint 132

Truth and beauty buried be The Phoenix Turtle 133

With selfsame hand, self reasons, and self right, would shark on you Sir Thomas More 134

The King's Man 1603-1613

Man, proud man, dressed in a little brief authority Measure for Measure 138

Beware, my lord, of jealousy. It is the green-ey'd monster Othello 142

A man more sinned against than sinning King Lear 148

The middle of humanity thou never knew'st, but the extremity of both ends Timon of Athens 155

Blood will have blood Macbeth 158

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety Antony Cleopatra 164

The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together All's Well That Ends Well 170

This world to me is but a ceaseless storm whirring me from my friends Pericles, Prince of Tyre 174

What is the city but the people? Coriolanus 177

Thou metst with things dying, I with things new-born The Winter's Tale 182

Hang there like fruit, my soul, till the tree die Cymbeline 186

We are such stuff as dreams are made on The Tempest 190

Farewell, a long farewell, to all my greatness! Henry VIII 194

Is there record of any two that loved better than we do, Arcite? The Two Noble Kinsmen 197

Index 200

Acknowledgments 208

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