Essential Shakespeare Handbook

Essential Shakespeare Handbook

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York : DK Publishing, c2013, 2004.
ISBN: 9781465402264
1465402268
Call Number: 822.33 DUNTON-DOWNER
Characteristics: 480 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 22 cm
Subjects: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Drama.
Additional Contributors: Riding, Alan

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Sep 17, 2016

He Da Man!

crankylibrarian May 30, 2013

Dorling-Kindersley has mastered the art of providing maximum information in minimal space, and with gorgeous illustrations. Each play is covered in about 10-15 pages. The character list summarizes each person's role in the story, and gives the number of lines they speak; characters are also identified by handy icons for "identify change" "dies", "ghost" etc. The plot summary is highlighted with similar icons for "play within a play" , "soliloquy" and my favorite, "not dead after all!" The whole thing is lavishly illustrated with photos and paintings from famous productions and movies.m

This is a terrific refresher to flip through right before a performance, and essential reading for those attending Shakespeare for the first time.

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