Shakespeare's Verse: A User's Manual

Shakespeare's Verse: A User's Manual

by Roger D. Gross


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Shakespeare's Verse: A User's Manual by Roger D. Gross

At Last! A practical handbook for Shakespearean Performance.

The bard wrote the world's greatest verse plays. Almost all of them are performed or read as prose-by default, not by decision. This is a tragic waste but it is fixable.


- to persuade you that the great rewards of verse speaking and reading are worth much more than the modest effort required to master them

- to provide the information and guidance needed to lead you down this path

Use this book and experience the music of Shakespeare as never before.

Believe it!

Praise for Shakespeare's Verse:

The book is terrific.

Shakespeare's Verse: A User's Manual is an essential text for the actor and director; a comprehensive and persuasive method for tackling the challenge of speaking Shakespeare.

Roger Gross' lifelong love of Shakespeare is evident on every page as is his musician's ear. The result is an easy-to-understand, lively and most important, practical guide.

~ Michele Gallery, two-time Emmy Award winner.


Roger Gross brings his long history of directing Shakespeare both professionally and academically, as well as his years of scholarship, to his very readable, very practical guide to speaking Shakespeare's verse. It's a treasure trove of information and advice for lovers of Shakespeare at every level.

~ Dakin Matthews, Actor, Scholar and Producer.


This book is a wonder! Written in such a straightforward-almost conversational-style that no reader can possibly be inhibited by the material. It is delightfully short yet manages to be absolutely comprehensive.

~ Dr. Robert Barton, author of the popular book Acting: Onstage and Off and seven others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942428220
Publisher: Pen-L Publishing
Publication date: 06/03/2015
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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Shakespeare's Verse: A User's Manual 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Nedars-Daughter More than 1 year ago
Shakespeare’s Verse: A User’s Manual is exceptional because it speaks directly to directors, actors, readers and educators who are working on a performance. It is extremely practical. It covers a lot of ground and is clear and energetic. I love hearing Shakespeare performed as intended – meaning in verse, not prose.