It is a wonderful reference for scholars and anyone who is in need of interesting material for a great thesis. _ Moral Philosophies in Shakespeare's Plays is a guide to the prevailing themes and moral dilemmas presented in Shakespeare's plays. It would make a great gift for someone interested in the finer aspects of Shakespeare's work. _ William's Window: An Introduction to Shakespeare's Plays for young people is a great introduction to the plays for children. At.80 the price is right too. _ The moral Universe of Shakespeare's Problem Plays explains why some of Shakespeare's works are called problem plays, and provides the history of the plays, with interpretations as well.
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Bradley is one of favourite the most important scholarly works in the entire canon of Shakespearean criticism. I have worn out my own copy of this brilliant discussion of Shakespeare's great tragedies. rosalind (Bloom's Major Literary Characters Series). There are not many books written about this Shakespearean heroine, but luckily we have one that gives her the attention she deserves. Rosalind's role as both student and teacher of the ways of love is stressed in this volume, as are the the lessoned her from her gender experiments. _ Shakespeare's Shakespeare: How the Plays Were made provides an interesting re-evaluation of some of the conceptions about Shakespeare's authorial intentions in the plays. His focus is on Romeo and Juliet; Hamlet; King lear; a midsummer Night's Dream; As you like it; Richard II; and Henry iv, part. _ Women's Worlds in Shakespeare's Plays focuses on five of Shakespeare's plays, All's Well that Ends Well, hamlet, macbeth, Twelfth Night, and a midsummer Night's Dream. It is a wonderful exploration into conceptions of Shakespeare's female characters, and their battles with morality and twisted notions of sexuality. _ Biblical References in Shakespeare's Plays contains all the passages from the bible found in Shakespeare's plays, and examines the bible in Shakespeare's day.
The reasons for his failure in each case were different, but at least he was always capable of failure, and it is pleasant to know this." more reviews, shakespeare's Sweet Thunder: Essays on the early comedies has some great information on, the taming of the. The chapter entitled "Kate, bianca, ruth, and Sarah: Playing the woman's Part in The taming of the Shrew" is an excellent resource for anyone interested in Shakespeare's female characters. A pocket guide to Shakespeare's Plays is useful for actors, directors, students, or anyone going to see a shakespeare performance. It is affordable and handy for quick facts about the bard. stories from Shakespeare has been a tremendously popular book since it was first released in the 1950s. Author Marchette Chute re-tells the plot of each Shakespeare play in wonderfully entertaining and easy-to- understand prose. This would be an ideal presentation book for children ages 9 to 13, and would really help give them a lifelong appeaciation for the work of Shakespeare. shakespearean Tragedy: Lectures On Hamlet, Othello, king lear And MacBeth. This series of lectures.
He is thirty years old today.". Above all, berryman's Shakespeare allows us to witness the power of writings a literary demigod reaching through the centuries to ignite a fire in another poet's soul; a poet struggling to comprehend the boundlessness - and limitations - of his own creative genius: "We judge others. On the other hand, before not only the grand mass of this creation but before some detailed triumph of imaginative design within a play, we do reasonably pause with astonishment. Sometimes, without warning, in a short speech, the soul of a man seems indeed to surface, for an instant, before it returns forever to the depths. Sometimes a series of poet's phrases will drag at our profoundest thought as if, truly, we overheard the soul of the world murmuring truths to herself. In the face of this fundamental problem, which I think it better to admit candidly than to take for granted, i think i must offer you some general reassurances. It is reassuring to consider that Shakespeare wrote four failures, plays that, notwithstanding the immense attractive power of their author's name, few have ever cared to produce and mostly scholars read. These failures are "The Two gentlemen of Verona "King John "All's Well That Ends Well and "Timon of Athens.
Finally, as an addendum, haffenden leaves us with Berrymans last piece of writing on the bard: the germ. Despite some drawbacks (part three on the differences between the two major texts of "King lear" is surprisingly dry and will overwhelm most readers, as will the work on the mystery. H., which has been branded by other scholars as "completely mistaken haffendens selection of Berrymans essays is appropriate and entertaining. The writings reveal Berrymans profound understanding of Shakespeare's characters and imagery, and they are peppered with amusing personal reflections, such as his memory of seeing John gielgud play richard ii "so exquisitely, so weakly, with such self-pity, such grotesquerie, so ridiculously, that the proper young. Of particular interest are berrymans essays on Shakespeare's life. The quality of writing surpasses most scholarly and tedious retellings of the biographical facts known. Berryman introduces us to the bard all over again with his own inviting style: "suppose with me a time, a place, a man who was waked, risen, washed, dressed, fed, congratulated, on a day in latter April long ago - about April 22, say,. Alone at some hour in one room, his intellectual and physical presence not as yet visible to us although we know its name, seated or standing, highlone in thought.
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Books on Shakespeare (reviews featured review: Berryman on Shakespeare, poet John Berryman's engaging relationship with the bard in lectures and essays. John Berryman, hailed as an American poet of remarkable insight and talent, sustained a life-long passion for Shakespeare matched by only a few. Much like keats, berryman had a consuming appetite for all things Shakespeare that shaped and nurtured his own writing, compelling him to cultivate his own poetic voice. Berryman won the Charles Oldham Shakespeare Scholarship at Cambridge University in 1937 when he was just 23 years old, and went on to give venerated lectures on Shakespeare at the finest institutions, including Harvard and Princeton, while maintaining a position on the faculty of the. As his reputation as a distinguished mqsa lecturer developed, so too did his reputation as a gifted poet in his own right, culminating in the publication of Homage to mistress Broadstreet (1956 praised by Edmund Wilson as "the most distinguished long poem by an American since. His toy, his Dream, his Rest (1968) soon followed, and earned him many prestigious awards, including the national book award and the coveted Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
With Shakespeare always foremost on his mind, berryman worked tirelessly on organizing his decades of research into one definitive book to be called. Tragically, berryman committed suicide in 1972, before he could finish the manuscript. This is where editor John Haffenden steps in to sort out the publishable essays and memoirs left unfinished in a jumbled mass of thousands of pages of Berrymans literary criticism. Haffenden has divided the collection into five major sections covering Berryman's work on Shakespeare from the late 1940s until the poet's death in 1972. The book includes Berrymans biographical studies on Shakespeare in a series of eight lectures, and his impressions of Shakespeares plays in eight short essays (many of them unfinished) on The sonnets, The comedy of Errors, king John, 2 and 3 Henry vi, the Two gentlemen. Berrymans work on the true identity of the mysterious. Of the sonnets and the possible co-author of The taming of the Shrew is also featured in the collection, as is his exhaustive research.
With ones eyes halfway closed anyone can easily tell the difference between hanks of wool and a whole fleece, or between mere patches and an entire blanket. Anderson also"s Ben Johnson skewering Will Shakespeare (without naming him. Every man Out of His Humor: so enamored of the name of a gentleman that he will have it, though he buys. He comes up every term to learn to take tobacco and see new emotions. He is in his kingdom when he can get himself into company where he may be well laughed. Anderson even examines the only known portrait of Will Shakespeare, which had been dated at 1611, seven years after de veres death, and presents evidence that it is actually a portrait of de vere, painted by dutch portrait painter Cornelius Ketel sometime between 157381, when.
One piece of evidence is a statement made by susan North, a textiles and dress curator, who said that the dress does not appear to date from 1611 and that the style corresponds with mens dress of the 1570s, and that they went out. In summary, this is a fascinating book. It is a biography of the 17th Earl of Oxford and it makes reference after reference to specific incidents from de veres life that appear in Shakespeare plays. While it is written based on the premise that de vere wrote the plays, it convinced. Shakespeare by Another Name, by mark Anderson, gotham books. Published by penguin Group (USA) Inc. Copyright by mark kendall Anderson, first Printing April 2005, isbn.
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Anderson comments, At the time harvey uttered these words, a fourteen-year-old boy in Stratford-upon-avon was still living in obscurityIt must be one of the great coincidences of Western literature that Harveys 1578 encomium to de vere would reference the very name the earl of Oxford. Anderson"s a sonnet by contemporary dramatist and satirist Ben Johnson and then converts it into modern English for todays reader: The man who many people think is Englands finest author (Will Shakespeare) is in fact a poet-ape lined someone whose works are sloughed off pieces. The poet-ape began his career as a play broker and then, emboldened, he became an out-and-out play-thief. We playwrights were mad, but we also legs pity the guy. He used to be sly and would cobble together bits and pieces of plays here and there. But now that hes prominent in the london theatrical scene, he takes an entire play and claims it as his own. When hes confronted with this he responds that others may figure out who wrote itor not. But what a fool he is!
All that remains is a record in the queens royal payment books of the title of the play performed, the date and place where it was enacted, and the name of the troop that played. Yet there may be more to a few of these records than first meets the eye. It is the contention of this portland book that de vere wrote some of these lost courtly interludes. Then, during the 1590s and early 1600s he probably with the assistance and input of others in his immediate circle of family, secretaries, and friends rewrote these plays for the public stage. These revised texts constitute the central part of what is today called the Shakespeare canon. Much of Shakespeare is thus a palimpsest, popular dramas refashioned from works that were originally written for an elite audience in the 1570s and 80s. Anderson"s many rumors that abounded at this time that there was a writer masquerading as having written someone elses work. And he"s from a letter Gabriel Harvey wrote to de vere that includes the sentence, thine eyes flash fire, thy will shakes spears.
ear. This is the same story hamlet tells in his playwithintheplay, the mousetrap. His names Gonzago (sic hamlet tells his colleagues at court. The story is extant and rich in very choice Italian. How would Will Shakespeare of Stratford who never in his life left England have been able to write something as specifically accurate as this? This is just one of dozens of examples of experiences from de veres life that appear in Shakespeares plays that could not possibly have been in Will Shakespeares ken. De vere wrote many plays that were performed for queen Elizabeth and her court alone. Here is Anderson describing the essence of his book: most plays that were performed at queen Elizabeths court are now supposedly lost.
Theres no record that Will Shakespeare ever visited any of those places. De vere, on the other hand, spent a year living in Venice and traveling throughout Italy. Further, while there is no record of Shakespeare receiving any education or attending any kind of school in Stratford, de vere received a classical education and spoke several languages including Italian and French. But there is more. Just as one of many, many examples of incidents in de veres life that appear in Shakespeares plays of what Shakespeare would have no knowledge comes from. Says Anderson: Visiting dignitaries to mantua, such as an English Earl, would have been put up summary as a guest of the local duke, guglielmo gonzaga. The gonzagas had in 1575 (the year de vere was in Italy) reigned as dukes of Mantua for nearly 250 years.
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Book review: Shakespeare by Another Name by mark Anderson by tony medley, i never bought into the theory that the plays attributed to william Shakespeare of thesis Stratford upon avon were written by someone else like christopher Marlowe. My feeling was that genius appears haphazardly and it was just as possible that a great writer named William Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford as it was that Michelangelo was born and reared in Caprese. Then an old friend of mine, john devere, who was director of contracts at Litton industries guidance and Control Systems division where i was a division counsel, mentioned this book which is about a direct ancestor of his, Edward de vere, seventeenth Earl of Oxford. This is a fascinating book. It points out that there is no record that Will Shakespeare had any kind of education or traveled anywhere outside of the territory between Stratford and London. So how could he possibly have had the knowledge to write about many of the things and locales of his plays as accurately as they are portrayed in those plays? For instance, many of his plays are set in Italy in general and Venice in particular.