The Complete Idiot's Guide to Shakespeare

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Penguin, 1999 - Drama - 380 pages
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This work explains Shakespeare's life in easy terms: the bard's life and background; Elizabethen England and the world of the Globe theatre; the plots of Shakespeare's plays; the characters; important themes and imagery; literary techniques; his sonnets; and interpretations of his work.
  

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User Review  - Tallia - Goodreads

I am rather enjoying reading this book. I find the historical happenings he puts in the book rather helpful and I now understand more of Shakespeare's wordplay. I love how he gives a description of ... Read full review

Review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Shakespeare (The Complete Idiot's Guides)

User Review  - Anita - Goodreads

Quit reading. I felt like a middle schooler reading it, even for an "idiots" book, . I recommend the Essential Shakespeare Handbook by Leslie Dunton-Downer instead. Read full review

Contents

Shakespeares Life and Times
1
The Renaissance 101
13
Shakespeares Theater
25
The Plays the Thing
37
Brush Up on Your Shakespeare
49
Shakespeares Literary Reputation
73
The Comedies or Love Makes the World Go Round
83
The Comedy of Errors and Two Gentlemen of Verona
85
Romeo and Juliet
193
Julius Caesar
203
Othello the Moor of Venice
213
King Lear
225
Macbeth
235
Antony and Cleopatra
247
Coriolanus and Timon of Athens
257
Whos Who in Coriolanus
258

The Taming of the Shrew and Loves Labors Lost
97
A Midsummer Nights Dream and The Merchant of Venice
109
The Merchant of Venice
116
As You Like It and Much Ado About Nothing
123
Twelfth Night and The Merry Wives of Windsor
135
Problem Plays
145
Troilus and Cressida
155
Measure for Measure
163
Tragedies
171
Hamlet
181
Romances
267
Pericles Prince of Tyre and Cymbeline
281
Histories
291
King Richard III King Richard II
305
King John King Henry IV Part I
315
King Henry IV Part II King Henry V King Henry VIII
327
Poems and Sonnets
341
The Sonnets
353
Appendices
365
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About the author (1999)

Laurie Rozakis, Ph.D. a professor of English at Farmingdale State University, began her career as a high school English teacher, having earned the New York State teaching certification. She has also earned a New York State teaching certification in English and mathematics education. "Cle

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