The Genius of Shakespeare

Picador Classic

Author: Jonathan Bate

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0330538349

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 400

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With an introduction by Simon Callow Judgements about the quality of works of art begin in opinion. But for the last two hundred years only the wilfully perverse (and Tolstoy) have denied the validity of the opinion that Shakespeare was a genius. Who was Shakespeare? Why has his writing endured? And what makes it so endlessly adaptable to different times and cultures? Exploring Shakespeare's life, including questions of authorship and autobiography, and charting how his legacy has grown over the centuries, this extraordinary book asks how Shakespeare has come to be such a powerful symbol of genius. Written with lively passion and wit, The Genius of Shakespeare is a fascinating biography of the life - and afterlife - of our greatest poet. Jonathan Bate, one of the world's leading Shakespearean scholars, has shown how the legend of Shakespeare's genius was created and sustained, and how the man himself became a truly global phenomenon. 'The best modern book on Shakespeare' Sir Peter Hall
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The Winter's Tale

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137004738

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

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This fresh new edition of one of Shakespeare's last plays, developed with the RSC, presents an easy-to-read overview of the play's performance history, including interviews with directors Dominic Cooke, Adrian Noble and Gregory Doran, and provides concise scene-by scene analyses and textual notes offering innovative new insights into the text.
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Antony and Cleopatra

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137004185

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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This new edition of Shakespeare's classic love story, developed by and for the RSC, includes new interviews with acclaimed directors Adrian Noble, Gregory Doran and Braham Murray, looks at specific productions in the play's history, and a completely new introduction by acclaimed scholar Jonathan Bate.
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Macbeth

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137004436

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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A new edition of one of Shakespeare's most exciting tragedies, developed by and for the RSC, this book explores the play's history in production, offers helpful notes and summaries to help the reader understand the text, and includes interviews with three leading directors - Rupert Goold, Gregory Foran and Trevor Nunn.
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Titus Andronicus and Timon of Athens

Two Classical Plays

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137004754

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

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From the Royal Shakespeare Company – a fresh new edition of two of Shakespeare's classical plays This book includes: *Illuminating introductions to Titus Andronicus and Timon of Athens by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate * The twoplays – with clear explanatory notes on each page * Helpful scene-by-scene analyses and key facts about both plays * An introduction to Shakespeare's career and the Elizabethan theatre * Rich explorations of approaches to staging both plays featuring photographs of key productions of each The most enjoyable way to understand a Shakespeare play is to see it or participate in it. This book presents a historical overview of two of Shakespeare's classical plays Titus Andronicusand Timon of Athens in performance, recommends film versions, takes a detailed look at specific productions and includes interviews with three leading Directors – Gregory Doran,YukioNinagawa and Michael Pennington – so that we may get a sense of the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible - a variety that gives Shakespeare his unique capacity to be reinvented and made 'our contemporary' four centuries after his death.
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Richard III

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137004541

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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With interviews with actors and directors including Simon Russell Beale, Bill Alexander and Richard Eyre, along with detailed looks at productions at the RSC and elsewhere, this new edition of the play offers innovative ways of looking at and understanding Shakespeare, as well as student-friendly notes and summaries.
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The Life of William Shakespeare

A Critical Biography

Author: Lois Potter

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0631207848

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 497

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Who was William Shakespeare, really? This biography is an exploration of Shakespeare's life and works, focusing on often neglected literary and historical contexts such as what he read, who he worked with as an author and an actor, and how these various collaborations may have affected his writing. Drawing in particular on the idea of literary personality and on new discoveries about collaboration, the author looks at Shakespeare's role models, both real and fictional. The focus throughout is on Shakespeare's words and on what he learned about writing for his audiences, which the author suggests were more varied than has been thought. Written by a Shakespearean scholar and experienced theatre reviewer, it pays particular attention to Shakespeare's theatrical contemporaries and the ways in which they influenced his writing, offering an account of the life and work of the great poet-dramatist, structured around the idea of memory.
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Cymbeline

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230349706

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 8744

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A fresh new edition of Shakespeare's magical late play, developed by and for the RSC, includes new interviews with acclaimed directors Dominic Cooke and Emma Rice, looks at specific productions in the play's history, and a completely new introduction by acclaimed scholar Jonathan Bate
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