Shakespeare: For All Time Stanley Wells

ISBN: 9780195160932

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480 pages


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Shakespeare: For All Time  by  Stanley Wells

Shakespeare: For All Time by Stanley Wells
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From the entry of Shakespeares birth in the Stratford church register to a Norwegian production of Macbeth in which the hero was represented by a tomato, this enthralling and splendidly illustrated book tells the story of Shakespeares life, hisMoreFrom the entry of Shakespeares birth in the Stratford church register to a Norwegian production of Macbeth in which the hero was represented by a tomato, this enthralling and splendidly illustrated book tells the story of Shakespeares life, his writings, and his afterlife. Drawing on a lifetimes experience of studying, teaching, editing, and writing about Shakespeare, Stanley Wells combines scholarly authority with authorial flair in a book that will appeal equally to the specialist and the untutored enthusiast.

Chapters on Shakespeares life in Stratford and in London offer a fresh view of the development of the writers career and personality. At the core of the book lies a magisterial study of the writings themselves--how Shakespeare set about writing a play, his relationships with the company of actors with whom he worked, his developing mastery of the literary and rhetorical skills that he learned at the Stratford grammar school, the essentially theatrical quality of the structure and language of his plays. Subsequent chapters trace the fluctuating fortunes of his reputation and influence.

Here are accounts of adaptations, productions, and individual performances in England and, increasingly, overseas- of great occasions such as the Garrick Jubilee and the tercentenary celebrations of 1864- of the spread of Shakespeares reputation in France and Germany, Russia and America, and, more recently, the Far East- of Shakespearian discoveries and forgeries- of critical reactions, favorable and otherwise, and of scholarly activity- of paintings, music, films and other works of art inspired by the plays- of the plays use in education and the political arena, and of the pleasure andintellectual stimulus that they have given to an increasingly international public.

Shakespeare, said Ben Jonson, was not of an age but for all time. This is a book about him for our time.



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