Shakespeare Our Contemporary

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1974 - Literary Criticism - 372 pages
This book is a provocative, original study of the major plays of Shakespeare; more than that, however, it is one of the few critical works to have strongly influenced theatrical productions. Peter Brook and Charles Marowitz are among the many directors who have acknowledged their debt to Jan Kott, finding in his analogies between Shakespearean situations and those in modern life and drama the seeds of vital new stage-conceptions. Readers all over the world--Shakespeare Our Contemporary has been translated into nineteen languages since it appeared in 1961--have similarly found their responses to Shakespeare broadened and enriched. Mary McCarthy called the work "the best, the most alive, radical book about Shakespeare in at least a generation."
 

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Shakespeare Our Contemporary by Jan Kott. 1964. Read in March 2009. This book is one of the most important ever written about Shakespeare. First published in Polish in the 1960's it brought a ... Read full review

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honestly it talks about Shakespeare what more can you ask. . .

Contents

THE KINGS
3
HAMLET OF THE MIDCENTURY
57
TROILUS AND CRESSIDAAMAZING
75
MACBETH OR DEATHINFECTED
85
THE TWO PARADOXES OF OTHELLO
99
KING LEAR OR ENDGAMB
127
LET ROME IN TIBER MELT
169
CORIOLANUS OR SHAKESPEAREAN
179
TITANIA AND THE ASSS HEAD
213
SHAKESPEARES BITTER ARCADIA
237
PROSPEROS STAFF
293
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