Living With Shakespeare: Essays by Writers, Actors, and Directors

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Susannah Carson
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2013 - Drama - 500 pages
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Why Shakespeare? What explains our continued fascination with his poems and plays? In "Living with Shakespeare, "Susannah Carson invites forty actors, directors, scholars, and writers to reflect on why his work is still such a vital part of our culture.
We hear from James Earl Jones on reclaiming Othello as a tragic hero, Julie Taymor on turning Prospero into Prospera, Camille Paglia on teaching the plays to actors, F. Murray Abraham on gaining an audience's sympathy for Shylock, Sir Ben Kingsley on communicating Shakespeare's ideas through performance, Germaine Greer on the playwright's home life, Dame Harriet Walter on the complexity of his heroines, Brian Cox on social conflict in his time and ours, Jane Smiley on transposing "King Lear" to Iowa in "A Thousand Acres," and Sir Antony Sher on feeling at home in Shakespeare's language. Together these essays provide a fresh appreciation of Shakespeare's works as a living legacy to be read, seen, performed, adapted, revised, wrestled with, and embraced by creative professionals and lay enthusiasts alike.
F. Murray Abraham ● Isabel Allende ● Cicely Berry ● Eve Best ● Eleanor Brown ● Stanley Cavell ● Karin Coonrod ● Brian Cox ● Peter David ● Margaret Drabble ● Dominic Dromgoole ● David Farr ● Fiasco Theater ● Ralph Fiennes ● Angus Fletcher ● James Franco ● Alan Gordon ● Germaine Greer ● Barry John ● James Earl Jones ● Sir Ben Kingsley ● Maxine Hong Kingston ● Rory Kinnear ● J. D. McClatchy ● Conor McCreery ● Tobias Menzies ● Joyce Carol Oates ● Camille Paglia ● James Prosek ● Richard Scholar ● Sir Antony Sher ● Jane Smiley ● Matt Sturges ● Julie Taymor ● Eamonn Walker ● Dame Harriet Walter ● Bill Willingham ● Jess Winfield
  

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Contents

BILL WlLLlNGlIAM A Little Monkey Business
12
CAMILLE PAGLIA Teaching Shakespeare to Actors
26
SIR BEN KINGSLEY The Architecture of Ideas
45
CICELY BERRY King Lear in Retrospect
56
TOBIAS MENZIES Method and Madness
67
RORY KINNEAR Character and Conundrum
75
MATT STURGES I Know a Hawk from a Handsaw
90
IAMES EARL lONES The Sun God
104
KARIN COONROD Killing Shakespeare and Making
290
DOMINIC DROMGOOLE Playing Shakespeare
299
ANGUS FLETCHER Tolstoy and the Shakespearean
316
GERMAINE GREER Spring Imagery in Warwickshire
335
JAMES PROSEK Whats in a Name? or Unnamed
341
DAVID FARR The Sea Change
352
ELEANOR BROWN Shakespeares Siblings
370
EVE BEST A Star Danced
377

EAMONN WALKER Othello in Love
141
A Play in Black and White
162
IESS WINFIELD Rerevising Shakespeare
178
BRIAN COX I Say It Is the Moon
199
RALPH FIENNES The Question of Coriolmms
220
RICHARD SCHOLAII Trial by Theatre or FreeThinking
228
STANLEY CAVELL Saying in The Merchant of Venice
251
F MURRAY ABRAHAM Searching for Shylock
262
FIASCO THEATER Boldness Be My Friend
275
DAME HARRIET WALTER Two Loves or the Eternal Triangle
389
IANE SMILEY Odd Man Out
407
JOYCE CAROL OATES The Tragedy of Imagination
418
MAXINE HONG KINGSTON War and Love
433
PETER DAVID On the Terrible and Unexpected Fate
440
IULlE TAYMOR Rough Magic
483
ISABEL ALLENDE Enamoured with Shakespeare
489
Permission Acknowledgments
499
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Susannah Carson is an American author, editor, and academic. She received her Ph.D. from Yale, after earning graduate degrees at Paris III, La Sorbonne-Nouvelle and Lyon II, L'Université des Lumières. Her first edited volume of literary essays was A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Authors on Why We Read Jane Austen. Her work has appeared in scholarly publications, newspapers, and magazines.

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