Shakespeare in America: An Anthology from the Revolution to Now

Shakespeare in America: An Anthology from the Revolution to Now

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ISBN-13: 9781598532951
Publisher: Library of America
Publication date: 04/03/2014
Pages: 724
Sales rank: 710,487
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

JAMES SHAPIRO is Larry Miller Professor of English at Columbia University. His books include Rival Playwrights (1991), Shakespeare and the Jews (1996), Oberammergau (2000), 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (2005), and Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? (2010). Most recently, he was writer and presenter of the three-part BBC series Shakespeare: The King’s Man. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Folger Shakespeare Library and is Shakespeare scholar in residence at the Public Theater in New York.

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"This is one of the more brilliantly conceived and edited books in the entire recent history of the indispensable ‘Library of America.’"
—The Buffalo News

"There are discoveries and surprises along the way, like Lord Buckley’s beat-era “Hipsters, Flipsters and Finger-Poppin’ Daddies,” an extended riff on Shakespeare’s most famous speeches (“I came here to lay Caesar out, Not to hip you to him”), and “Shakespeares of 1922,” a vaudeville sketch by Lorenz Hart and Morrie Ryskind. But for many readers the real eye opener will be the heated love affair, richly documented by Professor Shapiro, between ordinary Americans and the most exalted writer in the English language." 
—William Grimes, The New York Times

"'Shakespeare in America: An Anthology From the Revolution to Now'…is a fascinating survey of the writer's importance to our culture and his influence on literature, politics, entertainment and more."
—Tampa Bay Times

"You will not want to miss a captivating volume just out from the Library of America titled 'Shakespeare in America: An Anthology From the Revolution to Now,' skillfully edited by James Shapiro."
—James M. Keller, Santa Fe New Mexican

"Shakespeare’s imprint on our culture and literature remains, as this anthology so amply demonstrates. A review of it can only answer one question: Does it accurately reflect the value that Shakespeare’s plays have held in the hearts and minds of Americans throughout our history? Yes, it does. We have treasured them always and everywhere. They’re truly a part of America."
—Bryan Woolley, Dallas Morning News

"Shakespeare in America" is an entertaining, thought-provoking miscellany, one that speaks as much to the American spirit of reinvention and assimilation as it does to the influence of one Elizabethan playwright and poet on the way we think and act and speak."
—James D. Watts, Jr., Tulsa World

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