Gary Taylor, Reinventing Shakespeare: Andrew Gurr, The Shakespearean Stage, 3rd ed. Jean Wilson, The Archaeology of Shakespeare — not only excellent on the Rose and the Globe but also makes fascinating use of other artifacts such as funeral monuments.
Jonathan Bate, Shakespeare and Ovid — his reading of his favourite classical poet. Lanham, The Motives of Eloquence: Literary Rhetoric in the Renaissance — dazzling study of Renaissance rhetorical formations of the self, which deserves to be, but is not, as well known as the work of Greenblatt and others. Narrative and Dramatic Sources of Shakespeare , edited by Geoffrey Bullough 8 vols, — comprehensive collection of raw materials.
Martin Wiggins, Shakespeare and the Drama of His Time — excellent placing of Shakespeare in the context of the plays of his contemporaries. John Gillies, Shakespeare and the Geography of Difference — pioneering study of the combination of historical, geographical, and ethnographic contexts for several key plays. Andrew Hadfield, Shakespeare and Renaissance Politics — clear introductory study.
Theater in the Stuart Court, — may overstate its case for specific allusions and occasions of performance, but very effective in placing Shakespeare firmly in the Jacobean court.
Ania Loomba, Shakespeare, Race and Colonialism — balanced introduction to a hot topic. James Shapiro, Shakespeare and the Jews — has implications well beyond the figure of Shylock.
Learn more about Amazon Prime. The Histories and Poems of Shakespeare: As You Like It. Although some think that sometime between and Shakespeare retired from the theater and returned home to Stratford, where he died in , others believe that he may have continued to work in London until close to his death. There is evidence that he declaimed them orally to audiences in rather formal performances, more like modern dramatic readings than reading silently to oneself.
Theodore Spencer, Shakespeare and the Nature of Man — invaluable intellectual context. Talbert, The Problem of Order: Robin Headlam Wells, Shakespeare, Politics and the State — very useful mix of analysis and extracts from period documents.
A Dictionary of His Informal Language — a reference work, not a book to read through, but full of interesting information. Philip Davis, Shakespeare Thinking — brief and brilliant study of the interplay of thought and language. Patricia Parker, Literary Fat Ladies: Rhetoric, Gender, Property — highly sophisticated approach via modern literary theory as well as Renaissance rhetoric. John Barton, Playing Shakespeare — hugely influential handbook by RSC guru, linked to superb television master class of the same year.
Patsy Rodenburg, Speaking Shakespeare — practical advice from another leading voice coach.
Madeleine Doran, Endeavors of Art: A Study of Form in Elizabethan Drama — learned, wide-ranging, full of sense. Anne Righter, Shakespeare and the Idea of the Play — pioneering study of theatrical self-consciousness. Tiffany Stern, Making Shakespeare: From Stage to Page — very useful introduction to practical processes. Players of Shakespeare , edited by Robert Smallwood 6 vols, — interviews with RSC actors about playing a wide range of major parts.
In order to bring Shakespeare off the page and teach the plays as scripts for performance, teachers might like to try some of the exercises in the following two books:. Rocklin, Performance Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare — contains pedagogic theorizing as well as practical exercises. The following studies provide excellent starting-points:. Janet Adelman, Suffocating Mothers: A Feminist Companion to Shakespeare, edited by Dympna Callaghan — collection of essays with wide range of approaches, historical, psychological, and theatrical.
Northrop Frye, A Natural Perspective: The Development of Shakespearean Comedy and Romance — a slim work of supreme power. A Midsummer Night's Dream. See more by William Shakespeare. The Taming of the Shrew. By William Shakespeare and Paul Werstine. Renowned as Shakespeare's most boisterous comedy, The Taming of the Shrew is the tale of two young men -- the hopeful Lucentio and the worldly Petruchio -- and the two sisters they meet in Padua.
Lucentio falls in love with Bianca, the apparently ideal younger daughter of the wealthy Baptista Minola. But before they can marry, Bianca's formidable elder sister, Katherine, must be wed. Petruchio, interested only in the huge dowry, arranges to marry Katherine -- against her will -- and enters Read more about this book. The Death of Mrs. Westaway By Ruth Ware. Lying in Wait By Liz Nugent. The Outsider By Stephen King. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.
Editorial Reviews. About the Author. William Shakespeare was born in April in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, on England s Avon River. When he was. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features The Histories and Poems of Shakespeare: (A Modern Library E-Book).
It's got to be said somewhere and it might as well be here: Kindle does not handle poetry well. Verse is often set as prose, as in the Kindle stand-alone sonnets of Shakespeare. This edition is much better in that respect, but whenever a verse line is too long to fit on one line, it is set as two lines, both with flush left margins not the usual practice with verse or even worse, as three lines, all with flush left margins but the last two very short, one or two words apiece.
This is hard to read and unnecessary, an obvious computer glitch. On top of that, the prose passages in this volume, and that includes the very important Falstaff scenes, are set in sets of two alternating lines, one normal length, the other quite short, another obvious computer glitch. The problem is systemic: Kindle can't handle verse yet. The rule would seem to be, don't buy poets on Kindle.
It's good to bring together the histories, particularly the eight plays in the Wars of the Roses series along with the sonnets and other poems. This book is not an authoritative academic edition like the Riverside. It has very limited text notes at the end of the book, not easy to navigate and leaving a lot of questions unanswered. It has no introductory or commentary material, either on Shakespeare himself or the histories as a series.
The great advantage of this edition is that it's small and light and comprehensive. After all, you don't want to lug the Riverside on an airplane. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.
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