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The Shakespeare Handbook: The Bard in Brief

The Shakespeare Handbook: The Bard in Brief

Author: Michael Schmidt
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"The Shakespeare Handbook" is the definitive Bard-in-brief. Presenting 50 of the most significant and best-loved scenes from Shakespeare, each extract is preceded by a summary of the play - its plot, characters and themes. The scenes themselves are beautifully and clearly laid out, with key quotes highlighted and explained, and illustrated with a famous painting, drawing or still. Arranged chronologically to show the progression in Shakespeare's style and themes, the seminal scenes chosen by Professor Schmidt range from the comedy of Bottom's head turning into that of an ass to the tragedy of Cleopatra's death and from the wonderful love scenes of the "Merchant of Venice" to the bloody dealings of "Richard III". This book showcases the Bard's greatest dialogue, from 'Must he needs die?' and 'Is this a dagger ...?' to 'Once more unto the breach' and 'All the world's a stage'. It encompasses all of Shakespeare's plays, from the lesser-known "Cymbeline", "King John", "Titus Andronicus" to the most famous scenes of all time in "Romeo and Juliet", "King Lear", "Hamlet", and "Macbeth".

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... A nice gift item for anyone with even a spark of enthusiasm for Shakespeare's plays - The Skinny.

Author description

Michael Schmidt is Professor of English Literature at the University of Glasgow. He also manages the poetry publisher, Carcanet Press, and is the author of The Story of Poetry and The First Poets.Robert Maslen has written the books Elizabethan Fictions (1997) and Shakespeare and Comedy (2005) and edited works by Philip Sidney, Thomas Dekker and Mervyn Peake. He teaches English Literature at the University of Glasgow.

Table of contents

Introduction The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Act 4, Scene 4. The Taming of the Shrew: Act 2, Scene 1. Henry VI Part II: Act 4, Scene 2. Titus Andronicus: Act 5, Scene 1. Richard III: Act 1, Scene 2. The Comedy of Errors: Act 2, Scene 2. Love's Labour's Lost: Act 4, Scene 3. A Midsummer Night's Dream: Act 2, Scene 1; Act 3, Scene 1. Romeo and Juliet: Act 2, Scene 2; Act 5, Scene 3. Richard II: Act 3, Scene 2. King John: Act 4, Scene 1. The Merchant of Venice: Act 3, Scene 2; Act 4, Scene 1. Henry IV Part I: Act 2, Scene 4; Act 3, Scene 1. The Merry Wives of Windsor: Act 5, Scene 5. Henry IV Part II: Act 4, Scene 5. Much Ado about Nothing: Act 3, Scene 1; Act 4, Scene 1. Henry V: Act 2, Prologue, Scenes 1-2. Julius Caesar: Act 3, Scene 2. As You Like It: Act 2, Scene 7; Act 4, Scene 1. Hamlet: Act 3, Scene 1; Act 5, Scene 1. Twelfth Night: Act 2, Scene 4; Act 2, Scene 5. Troilus and Cressida: Act 1, Scene 3. Measure for Measure: Act 2, Scene 2. Othello: Act 1; Scene 3; Act 3, Scene 3. All's Well that Ends Well: Act 2, Scene 3. Timon of Athens: Act 4, Scene 3. King Lear: Act 3, Scene 2; Act 3, Scene 4. Macbeth: Act 1, Scene 7; Act 2, Scene 1; Act 3, Scene 4. Antony and Cleopatra: Act 2, Scene 2; Act 5, Scene 2. Pericles: Act 5, Scene 1. Coriolanus: Act 5, Scene 3. The Winter's Tale: Act 5, Scene 3. Cymbeline: Act 2, Scenes 1-3. The Tempest: Act 1, Scene 2; Act 3, Scene 2. Henry VIII: Act 5, Scene 5; Epilogue. Index. Picture credits.

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General Fields

  • : 9781847246158
  • : Quercus Publishing Plc
  • : Quercus Publishing Plc
  • : October 2008
  • : 265mm X 185mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hardback
  • : Michael Schmidt
  • : 50 black and white illustrations
  • : 208
  • : 822.33