Shakespeare's Great Stage of Fools

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Palgrave Macmillan, Sep 15, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 198 pages
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This lively, lucid book undertakes a detailed study of Shakespeare’s fascination with clowns, fools, and fooling. From the knockabout clowns of the early comedies, through the wise fools of the mature plays, to disturbing tragic figures who play the fool, Shakespeare dramatizes the pleasures and perils of fooling and folly, and evokes the mysterious possibilities of “foolosophy.” Esteemed scholar Robert H. Bell highlights the fun, wit, insight, and mystery of some of Shakespeare’s most vibrant and sometimes vexing figures.

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About the author (2011)

Robert H. Bell is Frederick Latimer Wells Professor of English at Williams College. He is the author of many scholarly works, including Jocoserious Joyce: The Fate of Folly in Ulysses. He is winner of the Robert Foster Cherry award for Great Teachers and of the Carnegie/CASE U. S. College Professor of the Year. 

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