Essential Shakespeare Handbook

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Dorling Kindersley, 2004 - Literature - 480 pages
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"Till then I never knew there."
Henry VIII Act 1, Scene 4

• A VIVID OVERVIEW OF SHAKESPEARE'S life and background, his contemporaries, critics and patrons and the fascinating world of Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre in which he worked.
"This is the short and the long of it."
The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act 2, Scene 2

• CLEAR ACT-BY-ACT PLOT SYNOPSES OF ALL 39 PLAYS plus a detailed exploration of the Sonnets and narrative poems.
• SIDEBARS, ICONS AND BEAUTIFUL, SCENE-SETTING IMAGERY combine to enhance understanding of the themes, plots, characters, dramatic action, language and sources of each play.
• KNOWLEDGEABLE AND LIVELY COMMENTARY offers the reader and playgoer fresh insight into the Bard's work.

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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

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User Review  - Lesley - Goodreads

Perfect playgoing resource for the novice as well as the aficionado. Dorling-Kindersley has mastered the art of providing maximum information in minimal space, and with gorgeous illustrations. Each ... Read full review


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Lecturer Leslie Dunton-Downer has an abundance of awards and accolades to her credit. Her Parisian bookshelves are piled high with books on the bard alongside some of her own which have been read the world over. Brazilian-born Alan Riding makes a living out of waxing lyrical about Shakespeare. He regularly contributes his interpretations on the much-loved playwright to national and international press. Together, they make a formidable Shakespearean team!

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