The Rough Guide to Shakespeare

Andrew Dickson

The Rough Guide to Shakespeare

With full coverage of the 38 Shakespearian plays, including a synopsis, full character list, stage history and a critical essay for each, this comprehensive guide is both a quick reference and in-depth background guide for theatergoers, students, film buffs and lovers of literature alike. The Rough Guide to Shakespeare also explores Shakespeare’s sonnets and Shakespeare’s less well-known narrative poems, combined with fascinating accounts of Shakespeare’s life and theatre, exploring in colourful detail each play’s original performances. This fully updated guide includes a new ‘My Shakespeare’ chapter with directors and actors including Sir Ian McKellen, Christopher Plummer and Zoë Wanamaker, as well as tips for introducing your children to Shakespeare with recommended graphic novels, adaptations and DVDs for all age groups. 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
The Rough Guide to Shakespeare

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Literary Studies & Criticism, Reference
Format Paperback
Pages 592
RRP £16.99
Date of Publication April 2009
ISBN 978-1858284439
Publisher Rough Guides
 

With full coverage of the 38 Shakespearian plays, including a synopsis, full character list, stage history and a critical essay for each, this comprehensive guide is both a quick reference and in-depth background guide for theatergoers, students, film buffs and lovers of literature alike. The Rough Guide to Shakespeare also explores Shakespeare’s sonnets and Shakespeare’s less well-known narrative poems, combined with fascinating accounts of Shakespeare’s life and theatre, exploring in colourful detail each play’s original performances. This fully updated guide includes a new ‘My Shakespeare’ chapter with directors and actors including Sir Ian McKellen, Christopher Plummer and Zoë Wanamaker, as well as tips for introducing your children to Shakespeare with recommended graphic novels, adaptations and DVDs for all age groups.

Second edition. First published 2005.

Reviews

The Independent

Boyd Tonkin

There's nothing rough at all about this confident and readable guide to plays, poems and author from a young critic who matches energy and erudition with truly Elizabethan zest... A stylish cockade in the Rough Guides' cap, this is a must-own volume that Bard veterans and apprentices alike will punish - and reward - with daily use.

24/04/2009

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The Guardian

Vera Rule

This is a work of love far more than commission; Dickson clearly could have written 20 times as much, out of Berowne-like geek exuberance, without repeating himself often. True, the Globe's thatch incendiarised by the cannon in Henry VIII turns up in multiple contexts, but then, it was an incontrovertible incident - a case of the canon that burnt the house down (it was a full house, too). And Dickson has a strong, novel sense of how the plays were performed originally

04/04/2009

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