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The Cambridge Shakespeare Guide


  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521149723

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  • Are you studying Shakespeare and looking for a handy summary of plots, characters and interpretations? Or are you a keen theatregoer wanting essential background on the Shakespeare plays you see on stage? Ideal for students and theatre enthusiasts alike, this lively and authoritative guide presents key information, clearly set out, on all Shakespeare's dramatic and poetic works, covering plots and people, sources, context, performance history and major themes. Ordered alphabetically for easy reference, each play entry features a 'key facts' box providing informative and revealing statistics, including a breakdown of each play's major roles. The guide is illustrated with striking performance photographs throughout, and also provides brief accounts of Shakespeare's life and language, Shakespeare in print and theatre in Shakespeare's time. This is an indispensable reference source for all students and theatregoers.

    • Provides essential factual and interpretative information about Shakespeare's works and background in an approachable and authoritative way
    • Introduces the rich range of questions Shakespeare's works have prompted for both scholars and performers, involving the reader in the active interpretation of the texts
    • Includes illustrative production photographs of all the plays and features a clear and attractive design layout which allows easy reference
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This admirably lucid and concise guide will both provide essential information and stimulate fresh thought about Shakespeare and his works.' Stanley Wells

    '5/5 stars: this is probably the only guide you will ever need to Shakespeare and his plays.' The Bookbag

    'For students and theatre enthusiasts this Shakespeare guide is a useful resource, providing valuable information for the individual and prompting discussion for groups … I was very impressed by the content, format and style of this authoritative guide.' New Books Magazine

    'The Cambridge Shakespeare Guide is a beautifully packaged, perfectly sized and consummately written and informed book that serves as an essential reference guide.' New Books Magazine

    'Even the most avid Shakespearean will learn from the spotlight on the works.' The Independent

    'I hope this book will find its way onto the shelves of many a Shakespeare enthusiast and into the satchels of many a student. For undergraduates, cramming for the next seminar or tutorial, Emma Smith's guide will, I suspect, become a trusted and valued friend, something you can turn to with a cup a coffee and read on the way to class. For its size and the range of information it offers, I cannot think of a better example of its kind.' Paul Edmondson, Around the Globe

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521149723
    • length: 258 pages
    • dimensions: 198 x 129 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • contains: 35 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Works:
    1. All's Well That Ends Well
    2. Antony and Cleopatra
    3. As You Like It
    4. The Comedy of Errors
    5. Coriolanus
    6. Cymbeline
    7. Hamlet
    8. Julius Caesar
    9. King Henry IV Part 1
    10. King Henry IV Part 2
    11. King Henry V
    12. King Henry VI Parts 1, 2, and 3
    13. King Henry VIII, or All is True
    14. King John
    15. King Lear
    16. King Richard II
    17. King Richard III
    18. Love's Labour's Lost
    19. Macbeth
    20. Measure for Measure
    21. The Merchant of Venice
    22. The Merry Wives of Windsor
    23. A Midsummer Night's Dream
    24. Much Ado About Nothing
    25. Othello
    26. The Phoenix and the Turtle
    27. Pericles
    28. The Rape of Lucrece
    29. Romeo and Juliet
    30. The Sonnets and A Lover's Complaint
    31. The Taming of the Shrew
    32. The Tempest
    33. Timon of Athens
    34. Titus Andronicus
    35. Troilus and Cressida
    36. Twelfth Night
    37. The Two Gentlemen of Verona
    38. The Two Noble Kinsmen
    39. The Winter's Tale
    40. Venus and Adonis
    Part II. The Context:
    41. Shakespeare's life
    42. Shakespeare's theatre
    43. Shakespeare in print
    44. Shakespearean apocrypha
    45. Shakespeare's language
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  • Author

    Emma Smith, University of Oxford
    Emma Smith is Fellow and Tutor in English at Hertford College, University of Oxford. She has published a wide range of books and articles on Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, including The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare (2007).

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