Unravel the history, themes, and language of Shakespeare's plays, poems, and sonnets with this beautifully illustrated guide to his life and works.
Comedy and romance, history, and tragedy, Shakespeare's canon has it all. Some 400 years after they were written and first performed, his works still remain fresh and relevant today.
Discover the work of the world's most celebrated playwright with:
- A clear and accessible format - Act-by-act plot summaries of all of his 39 plays with lists of characters - Guidance on how to read and interpret his great sonnets and narrative poems - Plays ordered by time and genre, helping readers to trace the development of Shakespeare's topics, themes, and artistry - Sidebars that clarify the mythological, geographical, and historical context of each play and decode its language, dramatic action, and themes
Shakespeare fans will revel in the marvellous depiction of the Stratford-upon-Avon-born Bard himself! His drama book allows you to dive into famous works like Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Nights Dreams and explore Shakespeare's sources and inspirations for each! Themes, plots, characters, and language are brought to life with act-by-act plot summaries, resumes of main characters, and in-depth analysis of Shakespeare's use of the English language.
Shakespeare: His Life and Works is a wonderful exploration of plays, poems, and sonnets in the context of his life and the Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre further enriching your experience on, on the page, stage, or screen. It's the perfect gift for existing fans of Shakespeare, and anyone looking to find out more about the work of the world's most celebrated playwright.
"Should one attempt a complete front-to-back reading, the result would be a thorough grounding in Shakespeare's work and an enlarged astonishment at the range of his imagination." (Previous Edition, 2004) ― The New York Times
About the Author
Leslie Dunton-Downer received a PhD with Distinction in comparative literature from Harvard. She has served as a lecturer at her alma mater, and is a trustee of the Harvard Advocate and a member of the Society of Fellows. She was a 2014 fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.
Alan Riding was the European cultural correspondent for the New York Times for 12 years. He was previously bureau chief for the Times in Paris, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, and Mexico City. He was awarded the Maria Moors Cabot Prize by Columbia University for his coverage of Latin America.