ESSENTIAL SHAKESPEARE HANDBOOKDK Canada
When I was studying English in university, Shakespeare was a required course. Turns out it conflicted with another course I wanted to take, though, so I had to meet with the English department head to plead my case for skipping Shakespeare. He was incredulous at first - how can you get an English degree without studying Shakespeare? But somehow I persuaded him.
Perhaps this is the reason I remember so little about Shakespeare's plays today. About the only story I can keep straight is Romeo and Juliet. That's why I was so excited when I spotted this Essential Shakespeare Handbook in the DK catalogue. It is a "definitive, fully illustrated guide to the world's greatest playwright and his works."
This is a one-stop guide to the life and work of William Shakespeare, organized into three sections: an overview of Shakespeare's early life in Stratford and his career as a playwright and poet; a survey of all 39 of his plays, arranged by genre and then chronologically; and an exploration of his non-dramatic work. Written by Leslie Dunton-Downer, a former lecturer at Harvard, and Alan Riding, the European cultural correspondent for The Times, this is a scholarly yet accessible guide.
I'm not sure my English professor would think this a suitable replacement for a Shakespeare course, but I'm really excited about this early holiday gift to myself!
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