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  • Julius Caesarby William Shakespeare; Mary Ellen Snodgrass

    Wiley 2006; US$ 8.99

    "But, for my own part, it was Greek to me." Now you can appreciate Julius Caesar in plain English. Political intrigue. Ambition. Envy. Conspiracy. Hypocrisy. Betrayal. Assassination. Pride. Suicide. The Ides of March. The tides of war. Julius Caesar makes today's political scene seem boring! If the original text seems Greek (or geek) to you, now... more...

  • 'The Tempest' and Its Travelsby Peter Hulme; William H. Sherman

    Reaktion Books 2006; US$ 24.95

    One of Shakespeare?s final plays, The Tempest is often considered a jewel in the canon of English literature. Mythic, impassioned characters dictate the action, all of which takes place on a moody, windswept island far from the shores of Great Britain. 'The Tempest' and Its Travels considers the rich legacy of this play?s productions abroad.... more...

  • ‘Who the Devil taught thee so much Italian?’by Jason Lawrence

    Manchester University Press 2006; US$ 95.00

    This book offers a comprehensive account of the methods and practice of learning modern languages, particularly Italian, in late sixteenth and early seventeenth century England. It is the first study to suggest that there is a fundamental connection between these language-learning habits and the techniques for both reading and imitating Italian materials... more...

  • 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeareby James Shapiro

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 10.99

    How did Shakespeare go from being a talented poet and playwright to become one of the greatest writers who ever lived? In this one exhilarating year we follow what he reads and writes, what he saw and who he worked with as he invests in the new Globe theatre and creates four of his most famous plays - Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and,... more...

  • 1606by James Shapiro

    Faber & Faber 2015; US$ 21.86

    1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear traces Shakespeare's life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, The Chronicle History of King Leir , and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, King Lear . 1606 proved to be an especially grim year for England, which witnessed the bloody... more...

  • 3 by Shakespeareby William Shakespeare

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 5.00

    Comedy, tragedy, and history ? this anthology presents a trio of Shakespeare's most frequently studied and performed works. Each represents one of the playwright's primary genres, and together they run the gamut of the Elizabethan theater experience, from lighthearted romance to star-crossed passion to ruthless ambition: A Midsummer Night's Dream,... more...

  • 30 Great Myths about Shakespeareby Laurie Maguire; Emma Smith

    Wiley 2012; US$ 26.95

    Think you know Shakespeare? Think again . . . Was a real skull used in the first performance of Hamlet? Were Shakespeare's plays Elizabethan blockbusters? How much do we really know about the playwright's life? And what of his notorious relationship with his wife? Exploring and exploding 30 popular myths about the great playwright, this illuminating... more...

  • 30-Second Shakespeareby Ros Barber; Mark Rylance

    The Ivy Press 2015; US$ 14.95

    30-Second Shakespeare uses the unique approach of the bestselling 30-Second series to grapple with the work and influence of the world?s most famous playwright. This absorbing crash course takes the reader through what we know of his life, then turns to uncoding key concepts, themes and motifs in his plays and other works, and finishes with a succinct... more...

  • The Accommodated Animalby Laurie Shannon

    University of Chicago Press 2013; US$ 45.00

    Shakespeare wrote of lions, shrews, horned toads, curs, mastiffs, and hellhounds. But the word ?animal? itself only appears very rarely in his work, which was in keeping with sixteenth-century usage. As Laurie Shannon reveals in The Accommodated Animal , the modern human / animal divide first came strongly into play in the seventeenth century, with... more...

  • Acting Shakespeareby Bertram Leon Joseph

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 47.95

    How did the actors for whom Shakespeare wrote his plays make his characters come to life, how did they convey his words? Can modern directors, actors, and even library readers of Shakespeare learn from them? Creating character and making the Elizabethan playwright?s poetry compelling for the audience is a problem which has seldom been resolved in... more...