All the World's a Grave: A New Play by William Shakespeare

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John Reed
Penguin, Aug 26, 2008 - Drama - 208 pages
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An epic tragedy of love, war, murder, and madness, plucked from the pages of Shakespeare

In All the World’s a Grave, John Reed reconstructs the works of William Shakespeare into a new five-act tragedy. The language is Shakespeare’s, but the drama that unfolds is as fresh as the blood on the stage.

Prince Hamlet goes to war for Juliet, the daughter of King Lear. Having captured Juliet as his bride—by reckless war—he returns home to find that his mother has murdered his father and married Macbeth. Enter Iago, who persuades Hamlet that Juliet is having an affair with Romeo. As the Prince goes mad with jealousy, King Lear mounts his army. . .

This play promises to be the most provocative and entertaining work to be added to the Shakespeare canon since Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
 

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i like the idea of the book. but too much like reading shakespear so i could not get through it. if you like shakespear english than this might be for you. but over my head of understanding. Read full review

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Contents

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John Reed teaches creative writing at New School University, is the books editor of "The Brooklyn Rail", and the creator of award-winning television for MTV and other channels. He is author of the critically acclaimed novels A Still Small Voice, The Whole, and Snowball's Chance, the controversial, bestselling parody of George Orwell's Animal Farm.
John Reed teaches creative writing at New School University, is the books editor of "The Brooklyn Rail", and the creator of award-winning television for MTV and other channels. He is author of the critically acclaimed novels A Still Small Voice, The Whole, and Snowball's Chance, the controversial, bestselling parody of George Orwell's Animal Farm.

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