Know It All Shakespeare: 50 Key Aspects of the Bard's Works, Life & Legacy, Each Explained in Under a Minute

Know It All Shakespeare: 50 Key Aspects of the Bard's Works, Life & Legacy, Each Explained in Under a Minute


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The works of William Shakespeare can be intimidating monoliths for the uninitiated.  Know It All Shakespeare is your chance to finally jump into the works of the Bard painlessly and without confusion.

Know It All: Shakespeare uses a unique approach to grapple with the work and influence of the world's most famous playwright. This absorbing crash course in William Shakespeare takes the reader through what we know of his life and then turns to uncoding key concepts, themes, and motifs in his plays and works. Finally, the reader is given a succinct look at the Bard's extraordinary literary and linguistic legacy.

More than just a study in Shakespeare's writing,  Know It All: Shakeseare also looks at what we know about the Bard's life. Whether you're an amateur in the world of plays and poetry or are a well-read scholar, this succinct and easy-to-understand reference makes potentially material quick and easy to read. And the sleek, visually appealing design means to looks just as good on the shelf as it does in your hands.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781577151487
Publisher: Wellfleet Press
Publication date: 06/01/2017
Series: Know It All Series
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Dr. Rosalind Barber is a lecturer on the MA course in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London, a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sussex, and Director of Research at the Shakespearean Authorship Trust. Her articles on Shakespeare and on Christopher Marlowe are widely published. She is author of The Marlowe Papers, published in 2012, and written entirely in Shakespearean blank verse. It was awarded the Desmond Elliott Prize, jointly awarded the Author's Club Best First Novel Award, and long-listed for the Women's Prize for Fiction.

Mark Rylance is an actor who recently appeared as Thomas Cromwell in the BBC's Wolf Hall. He is also a trustee of the Shakespearean Authorship Trust and an Honorary Bencher of The Middle Temple Hall. He was the Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre for ten years and wrote the play I Am Shakespeare.

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Introduction 8

Context 12

Glossary 14

The Life & Legend 16

Religions, Politics 18

Textual Sources 20

Feature Play: Hamlet 22

Classical Influences 24

Contemporary Influences 26

The Sonnets 28

The Authorship Question 30

Coauthorship 32

Themes 34

Glossary 36

Political Transition 38

Usurpation 40

False Accusation 42

Feature Play: Othello 44

Resurrection 48

Mistaken Identity 50

Reputation 52

Exile 52

Knowledge 54

Glossary 56

Language & Vocabulary 58

Biblical References 60

Medicine 62

Feature Play: King Lear 64

Law 66

History 68

Geography 70

Art 72

Components 74

Glossary 76

Blank Verse 78

Rhyme 80

Prose 82

Turns of Phrase 84

Feature Play: Romeo and Juliet 86

Music 88

Comedy 90

Soliloquies 92

Heroes & Villans 94

Glossary 96

Tragic Heroes 98

Lovers 100

Fighters 102

Feature Play: Macbeth 104

Plotters 106

Strong Women 108

Clowns & Fools 110

The Commoners 112

Magic & Monsters 114

Glossary 116

Elizabethan Magic 118

Magicians & Witches 120

Ghosts 122

Sprites & Fairies 124

Feature Play: A Midsummer Night's Dream 126

Monsters 128

Charms & Potions 130

Prophecy & Premonition 132

Legacy 134

Glossary 136

The King of Infinite Space 138

The Inventor of English 140

The Storyteller 142

Influence 144

Feature Play: The Tempest 146

Apocrypha 148

Forgeries 150

Critical Heritage 152

Resources 154

Notes on Contributors 156

Index 158

Acknowledgments 160

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