Shakespeare, Volume 1, Issues 59017-59163

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New York Review of Books, 2005 - Drama - 302 pages
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This legendary book by an esteemed poet and beloved professor at Columbia University features a series of smart, witty, deeply perceptive essays about each of Shakespeare's plays, together with a further discussion of the poems. Writing with an incomparable knowledge of his subject but without a hint of pedantry, Van Doren elucidates both the astonishing boldness and myriad subtleties of Shakespeare's protean art. His Shakespeare is a book to be treasured by both new and longtime students of the Bard.
  

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Shakespeare

User Review  - Nicholas Graham - Book Verdict

Published in 1939, this essay collection is recommended for readers who, having just read or seen one of Shakespeare's plays, are in search of a short but thoughtful interpretation. Read full review

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User Review  - Aneece - Goodreads

Part of my near-term project to read Shakespeare's collected works. Essays read: Poems Henry VI Richard III Titus Andronicus The Comedy of Errors: "If Shakespeare's spirit reposed in comedy it was not ... Read full review

Contents

III
1
IV
10
V
19
VI
28
VII
33
VIII
36
IX
40
X
45
XXII
152
XXIII
161
XXIV
172
XXV
178
XXVI
185
XXVII
192
XXVIII
204
XXIX
216

XI
51
XII
61
XIII
68
XIV
79
XV
88
XVI
97
XVII
115
XVIII
119
XIX
127
XX
135
XXI
143
XXX
230
XXXI
243
XXXII
249
XXXIII
253
XXXIV
262
XXXV
271
XXXVI
280
XXXVII
289
XXXVIII
295
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About the author (2005)

Mark Van Doren (1894-1972) was born in Hope, Illinois, and received his A.M. and Ph.D. from Columbia, where he taught literature for nearly forty years and where his students included Thomas Merton, John Berryman, and Allen Ginsberg. It was there, and with his book The Liberal Education, that he helped promote the influential "great books" movement. Van Doren was literary editor of The Nation and president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Among his books are critical biographies of such writers as Dryden and Hawthorne; a study of epic poetry, The Noble Voice; several plays; an auto-biography; novels; and many volumes of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize winning Collected Poems, 1922-1938.

David Lehman's new book of poems, his sixth, is When a Woman Loves a Man. He is the series editor of The Best American Poetry, the annual anthology he founded in 1988, and is currently preparing a new edition of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. His nonfiction books include The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets and Signs of the Times: Deconstruction and the Fall of Paul de Man.

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