The Wisdom of Shakespeare

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Citadel Press, 2002 - Political Science - 228 pages
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Ben Jonson said Shakespeare was not 'of an age but for all time.' Harold Bloom argues that Shakespeare 'invented the human.' In his works, Shakespeare delves into the human experience as no other author before or since. His understanding and knowledge of men, women, nature, politics, education, life, death, family life and grief are as pertinent today as those of any contemporary artist. In this valuable addition to the Wisdom series, selected quotations from the man at the centre of Western literature are available for easy reference and enjoyment.
  

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Contents

Advice
1
Age
5
Beasts and Birds
9
Beauty
16
Behaviour
18
Conscience
23
The Crown
24
Dreams
27
Mortality
113
Music
125
Name
129
Nature
131
Philosophy
143
Professions
152
Reason
157
Seasons
159

Education
29
Evil
31
Fathers Mothers and Siblings
38
Fortune and Fate
43
Friendship
46
Government
51
Grief
54
Honour
58
Hospitality
62
Illness
64
Justice and Law
67
Love
72
Love of Country
82
Love Speaking
84
Manhood
94
Marriage
106
Selfhood
165
SelfSlaughter
171
Sleep
174
Speech and Language
176
Suspicion
181
Theatre
183
Time
187
Virtue
192
Vows
193
War
195
Wealth
200
Wise Words
204
Wits and Fools
208
Womanhood
212
Index
221
Copyright

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The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger Shakespeare Library offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit Folger.edu.

Barbara A. Mowat is Director of Research "emerita" at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Consulting Editor of "Shakespeare Quarterly", and author of "The Dramaturgy of Shakespeare's Romances" and of essays on Shakespeare's plays and their editing.

Paul Werstine is Professor of English at the Graduate School and at King's University College at the University of Western Ontario. He is general editor of the New Variorum Shakespeare and author of many papers and articles on the printing and editing of Shakespeare's plays.

As chair and Professor of Communication Studies and Theater at Ursinus College, JOYCE E. HENRY Ph.D. taught Shakespeare at the college level and directed more than fifty plays, including twelve by the bard. As an actress, Henry played a variety of Shakespearean roles, including Desdemona, Phoebe, Regan, and even Prospero. A graduate of the University of Michigan and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she moderated and wrote a book discussion show for television called Critique. Currently, Henry teaches Shakespeare on Film at two institutions, and she performs a program devoted to Shakespeare's Women for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. She is the editor of Citadel's The Wisdom of Shakespeare, and she lives in Grateford, Pennsylvania.

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