The Globe Guide to Shakespeare: The Plays, the Productions, the Life

The Globe Guide to Shakespeare: The Plays, the Productions, the Life

by Andrew Dickson


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In celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and fully endorsed by Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, this is the ultimate guide to the life and work of the world's greatest playwright.

With full coverage of the thirty-nine Shakespearian plays (including a synopsis, full character list, stage history, and a critical essay for each), this comprehensive guide is both a quick reference and an in-depth background guide for theatre goers, students, film buffs, and lovers of literature. Along with an exploration of the Bard's sonnets and narrative poems,The Globe Guide to Shakespearefeatures fascinating accounts of Shakespeare's life and the Globe Theater itself, with colorful details about each play's original performance.

This comprehensive guide includes up-to-date reviews of the best films and audio recordings of each play, from Laurence Olivier to Baz Luhrmann, Kozintsev to Kurosawa. The Globe Guide to Shakespeare is the quintessential celebration of all things Shakespearian.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681772608
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Edition description: New
Pages: 720
Sales rank: 746,431
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Andrew Dickson studied at Cambridge University. A former arts editor at the Guardian, he is now a freelance writer and critic, and he has written for The New Statesman and Sight and Sound. As well as being the author of The Rough Guide to Shakespeare, he has also contributed to The New Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare (2010). In 2014, he was a visiting fellow at the University of Warwick and is currently an honorary research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. He makes regular appearances on BBC radio and television. A new book about his work and travel in Shakespeare around the globe, Worlds Elsewhere: Journeys Around Shakespeare’s Globe, will be published Henry Holt.

Table of Contents

How this book works viii

Introduction xi

Shakespeare Q&As xv

Part I The Plays

All's Well That Ends Well 3

Antony and Cleopatra 15

As You Like it 29

The Comedy of Errors 43

Coriolanus 54

Cymbeline 67

Edward III 81

Hamlet 93

Henry IV Part I 114

Henry IV Part II 127

Henry V 139

Henry VI Part I 151

Henry VI Part II 163

Henry VI Part III 174

Henry VIII 185

Julius Caesar 199

King John 212

King Lear 224

Love's Labour's Lost 240

Macbeth 252

Measure for Measure 268

The Merchant of Venice 280

The Merry Wives of Windsor 294

A Midsummer Night's Dream 305

Much Ado About Nothing 319

Othello 331

Pericles 349

Richard II 360

Richard III 374

Romeo and Juliet 387

The Taming of the Shrew 399

The Tempest 412

Timon of Athens 428

Titus Andronicus 440

Troilus and Cressida 453

Twelfth Night 466

The Two Gentlemen of Verona 480

The Two Noble Kinsmen 492

The Winter's Tale 504

Part II The poems

A Lover's Complaint 519

The Rape of Lucrece 526

The Sonnets 535

Venus and Adonis 546

Part III Contexts

Shakespeare's life 559

Shakespeare's stages 581

Shakespeare's language 600

Shakespeare's canon 618

Colleagues and rivals 622

Shakespeare for kids 638

Books 643

Websites and apps 659

Glossary of useful terms 671

Index 681

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