Essential Shakespeare Handbook

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Dorling Kindersley, 2013 - Drama - 480 pages
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For each of Shakespeare's plays, provides an introduction, list of characters, plot summary, notes on reading the play, and notes on seeing the play. Also includes an introduction to Shakespeare and his time; a genre overview for each of the four types of play--history, comedy, tragedy, and romance; and overviews of selected non-dramatic poems.

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User Review  - Kate Dimitrova - Goodreads

This is a great reference book -- for each play it offers a synopsis, a list of characters, plot summary by act and then goes on to offer historical analysis. I use it for every Shakespeare play I see ... Read full review

Review: Essential Shakespeare Handbook

User Review  - Kate Dimitrova - Goodreads

This is a great reference book -- for each play it offers a synopsis, a list of characters, plot summary by act and then goes on to offer historical analysis. I use it for every Shakespeare play I see ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Leslie Dunton-Downer, a fellow and lecturer at her alma mater, Harvard, is a founding member of the Cambridge Riverside Players, and has produced community readings of Shakespeare's plays. Her published works have earned her a Sheldon Fellowship, two Rockefeller Foundation Awards, and the International Orpheus Award.
Alan Riding is the European Cultural Correspondent for "The New York Times" based in Paris. He has covered countless Shakespearean performances, films, ballets, and operas.

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