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Professor Bradbrook's Shakespeare the Craftsman was first given as the Clark Lectures in 1968 at Cambridge. Her purposes in the book that followed are twofold: to trace 'the descent of Shakespeare's art from the popular medieval tradition, especially from the religious drama of the Craft cycles'; and to indicate how his craftsmanship was often a response to some immediate demand - a new actor, a new stage or some specific occasion. The Merry Wives of Windsor, for instance, came of a Royal Command. There are chapters about Burbage and the Globe Theatre, and about Robert Armin, the 'new clown', and his part in Twelfth Night. Other chapters deal with Julius Caesar, Hamlet and the revenge play, and the pageant of Timon of Athens.
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- Date Published: September 1979
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521295291
- length: 200 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 140 x 12 mm
- weight: 0.26kg
- availability: Unavailable - out of print November 2013
Table of Contents
List of plates Part I. Introduction
Part II. A Craftsman's Theatre: from Mystery to Chronicle:
1. From pageant to play
2. The English history play
3. Shakespeare's epilogue
Part III. Shakespeare's Guild of Players:
4. James Burbage, founder of the theatre
5. Shakespeare's choice
6. Shews at the Globe
7. The later history
Part IV. The New Clown: Twelfth Night:
8. Robert Armin
9. Twelfth Night and the reign of fortune
10. Armin's later career
Part V. Royal Command: The Merry Wives of Windsor
Part VI. The lives of the noble Romans: Julius Caesar and other Roman histories
Part VII. Old Things Made New: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark:
11. The older Hamlet plays
12. The new revenge plays
13. The later Hamlets
Part VIII. Blackfriars: The Pageant of Timon of Athens
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