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William Shakespeare: a reader"s guide

Alfred Harbage

William Shakespeare: a reader"s guide

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Published by Octagon Books in New York .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Criticism and interpretation

  • The Physical Object
    Paginationxiii, 498 p.
    Number of Pages498
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL26882345M

    I am no huntsman, but I presume that huntsmen prefer guides who know where the game is but refrain from shooting it for them. He sets this story in the romantic world of the Mediterranean, moving the action from Venice to the island of Cyprus and giving it an even more exotic coloring with stories of Othello's African past. Asimov organizes the plays not in the usual way — as tragediescomediesand histories — but regionally, as follows: Greek Italian English The last two categories are treated broadly; 'Italian' applies to neighbouring countries, and both Hamlet and Macbeth are listed with 'The English Plays'. Asimov notes how much is real history, and describes who the historical people were, where applicable. I aspire in this book to be a good guide, but I am not allowed to be taciturn.

    Garfield's style is, as always, brisk, lively, and wonderfully inventive, and the book is an excellent read in its own right. He contracts a fever, and wakes up to find himself in Elizabethan times, and about to play Puck in the premiere of the play. Even so, one can perhaps ask why such a story would have appealed to Shakespeare. Was his mother, Gertrude, unfaithful to her husband or complicit in his murder? One reason for the overwhelming popularity of the play throughout the ages is that it focuses on two people who defied society in order to follow their own hearts. As Macbeth's world spins out of control, the play itself also begins to spiral towards to its violent end.

    A basic introduction to the Bard That being said though, this book offers little to those that have studied some of the plays deeply and on an academic level. Of course, at that age I didn't understand all the words, but I fell in love with the way they sounded. A sumptuous publication, illustrated in full colour on every page, with pictures of the characters set at the beginning of each story. Once he is sure that Claudius is a murderer, why does he not act?


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William Shakespeare: a readers guide book

These retellings are very child-friendly, and are an excellent source of ideas and approaches for both teachers and pupils. Ewart, and Michael Cox. Of the estimated copies originally printed, are believed still in existence, although only 40 of those remain complete.

The retellings are almost re-imaginings of the plays as miniature novels. The character of Iago is a variation on the Vice figure found in earlier morality plays; he deviates from this model because of his lack of a clear motivation, and because of his portrayal as a very malignant figure.

I salute the other writers who have attempted the challenge of adapting Shakespeare for young readers.

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The authoritative edition of Hamlet from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes: -Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play -Newly revised explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play -Scene-by-scene plot summaries -A key to the play's famous lines and phrases -An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language -An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play -Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books -An up-to-date annotated guide to further reading Essay by Michael Neill "synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

This will make understanding the play much easier. Reception[ edit ] Asimov's approach is not popular with some readers' prejudices: Fans of Asimov's science-fiction generally have little taste for door-stopper books such as Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare or The Shaping of England, and specialists are never happy to see clever outsiders make hay in their fields.

These are novel-length retellings intended for the teenage market. Othello is considered to be a prime example of Aristotelian drama; it focuses upon a very small cast of characters, one of the smallest seen in Shakespeare's body of work, has few distractions from the main plot arc, and concentrates on just a few central themes.

Cithio's Iago was driven to revenge when Desdemona refused to have an affair with him; Iago's motivations are not nearly so plain in Shakespeare's version. Othello also touches upon a major issue in Europe of this time period; the intermingling of Muslim religion and culture with the West.

As Othello succumbs to Iago's insinuations that Desdemona is unfaithful, fascination—which dominates the early acts of the play—turns to horror, especially for the audience. There is a short summary of each play and a breakdown of each act along with its accompanying scenes.

There are some loose ends and non-sequiturs in the text of the play that would seem to support such a claim. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb This classic retelling has remained in print since What he did with those plots was where his genius came in.

He sets this story in the romantic world of the Mediterranean, moving the action from Venice to the island of Cyprus and givin An excellent introduction to Shakespeare for younger readers. GradeSaver, 29 September Web. Among them: What is the Ghost--Hamlet's father demanding justice, a tempting demon, an angelic messenger?

Shakespeare builds so many differences into his hero and heroine—differences of race, of age, of cultural background—that one should not, perhaps, be surprised that the marriage ends disastrously.

This narrative would seem to posit heterosexual desire in the poet-speaker, even if of a troubled and guilty sort; but do the earlier sonnets suggest also a desire for the young man?

With nicely judged use of short extracts from the plays, this selection is one of the best available. And by introduction, I mean a simple explanation of what actually happens in the play rather than an in depth discussion of themes and motives.Compare book prices from overbooksellers.

Find Julius Caesar With Reader's Guide () by William Shakespeare/5(K). Asimov's approach is not popular with some readers' prejudices: Fans of Asimov's science-fiction generally have little taste for door-stopper books such as Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare or The Shaping of England, and specialists are never happy to see clever outsiders make hay in their fields.

—Author: Isaac Asimov. Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare is a collection published by E. Nesbit with the intention of entertaining young readers and telling William Shakespeare's plays in a way they could be easily understood.

She included a brief Shakespeare biography, a pronunciation guide to some of the more difficult names and a list of famous quotations, arranged by atlasbowling.com: Edith Nesbit. Make William Shakespeare's plays easy for young readers to understand by having them act out these colorful, leveled scripts!

This kit includes eight scripts adapted from William Shakespeare's greatest works with roles written at multiple reading levels, supporting differentiation atlasbowling.com feature allows teachers to assign specific roles to students, accommodating individual reading.

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My. If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Baixo Contínuo Music: "A Brief Guide to William Shakespeare Without the Boring Bits" by Peter Ackroyd People live their lives at such a faster pace these days, and all multi-threading, that it takes a real effort to consciously slow down and listen and watch to /5.