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William Shakespeare - Author

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William Shakespeare was born at Stratford upon Avon in April, 1564.  He was the third child, and eldest son, of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden.  Little is known of Shakespeare’s early life; but it is unlikely that a writer who dramatized such an incomparable range and variety of human kinds and experiences should have spent his early manhood entirely in placid pursuits in a country town.  There is one tradition, not universally accepted, that he fled from Stratford because he was in trouble for deer stealing, and had fallen foul of Sir Thomas Lucy, the local magnate; another that he was for some time a schoolmaster.


When Shakespeare died fourteen of his plays had been separately published in Quarto booklets.  In 1623 his surviving fellow actors, John Heming and Henry Condell, with the co-operation of a number of printers, published a collected edition of thirty-six plays in one Folio volume, with an engraved portrait, memorial verses by Ben Jonson and others, and an Epistle to the Reader in which Heming and Condell make the interesting note that Shakespeare’s ‘hand and mind went together, and what he thought, he uttered with that easiness that we have scarce received from him a blot in his papers.’

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All the Sonnets of Shakespeare

All the Sonnets of Shakespeare

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2020

How can we look afresh at Shakespeare as a writer of sonnets? What new light might they shed on his career, personality, and sexuality? Shakespeare wrote sonnets for at least thirty years, not only for himself, for professional reasons, and for those he loved, but also in his plays, as prologues, as epilogues, and as part of their poetic texture. This ground-breaking book assembles all of Shakespeare's sonnets in their probable order of composition. An inspiring introduction debunks long-established biographical myths about Shakespeare's sonnets and proposes new insights about how and why he wrote them. Explanatory notes and modern English paraphrases of every poem and dramatic extract illuminate the meaning of these sometimes challenging but always deeply rewarding witnesses to Shakespeare's inner life and professional expertise. Beautifully printed and elegantly presented, this volume will be treasured by students, scholars, and every Shakespeare enthusiast.

Othello

Othello

Author: William Shakespeare, Christina (Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia) Luckyj Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/2020

This third edition of Othello offers a completely new introduction by Christina Luckyj, providing readers with a nuanced understanding of early modern theatre and culture, and demonstrating how careful attention to Shakespeare's language, staging and dramaturgy can open up fresh interpretations of the play. Tracing critical and performance trends up to the present day, Luckyj shows how the drama taps into contemporary cultural paradoxes surrounding blackness, marriage, and politics to create a powerful double perspective, illuminating the creative and destructive power of stories and of human love itself. Supplemented by an updated reading list and extensive illustrations, this edition also features revised commentary notes, offering the very best in contemporary criticism of this great tragedy.

Othello

Othello

Author: William Shakespeare, Gareth Calway Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2020

Exam board: AQA & Edexcel (A Level) , WJEC & Eduqas (GCSE) Level & Subject: A Level, GCSE 9-1 English Literature First teaching: September 2015 First examination: June 2017 This edition of Othello is perfect for A-level and GCSE 9-1 students, with the complete play in an accessible format, on-page notes, introduction setting the context, timeline, character and theme indexes. * Affordable high quality complete play for Othello * Demystify vocabulary with notes on the page and concise commentary * Set the scene with perfectly pitched introductions that introduce key contexts, concerns and stylistic features, and examine different performances and interpretations * Recall plot summaries at the beginning of each scene * Support GCSE and A Level revision and essay writing with theme and character indexes * Help with social, historical and literary context with the bespoke timeline of Shakespeare's life and times

Hamlet

Hamlet

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2020

Exam board: AQA, Edexcel, Eduqas, WJEC Level & Subject: A Level English Literature First teaching: September 2015 First examination: June 2017 This edition of Hamlet is perfect for A-level students, with the complete play in an accessible format, on-page notes, introduction setting the context, timeline, character and theme indexes. * Affordable high quality complete play for Hamlet * Demystify vocabulary with notes on the page and concise commentary * Set the scene with perfectly pitched introductions that introduce key contexts, concerns and stylistic features, and examine different performances and interpretations * Recall plot summaries at the beginning of each scene * Support A Level revision and essay writing with theme and character indexes * Help with social, historical and literary context with the bespoke timeline of Shakespeare's life and times

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Author: William Shakespeare, Mike Gould Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2020

This classic edition of Shakespeare's a Midsummer Night's Dream is perfect for readers of all ages: it comes complete with the play, plus an introduction providing context, on page notes, timeline, and a character and theme index. * Affordable high quality complete play for A Midsummer Night's Dream * Demystify vocabulary with notes on the page and concise commentary * Set the scene with perfectly pitched introductions that introduce key contexts, concerns and stylistic features, and examine different performances and interpretations * Recall plot summaries at the beginning of each scene * Support revision and essay writing with theme and character indexes * Help with social, historical and literary context with the bespoke timeline of Shakespeare's life and times

King Lear

King Lear

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2020

Exam board: AQA B, Edexcel, Eduqas, Cambridge Assessment International Education Level & Subject: AS and A level English Literature First teaching: September 2015; September 2019 First examination: June 2017; June 2021/2/3 This edition of King Lear is perfect for A-level students, with the complete play in an accessible format, on-page notes, introduction setting the context, timeline, character and theme indexes. * Affordable high quality complete play for King Lear * Demystify vocabulary with notes on the page and concise commentary * Set the scene with perfectly pitched introductions that introduce key contexts, concerns and stylistic features, and examine different performances and interpretations * Recall plot summaries at the beginning of each scene * Support A Level revision and essay writing with theme and character indexes * Help with social, historical and literary context with the bespoke timeline of Shakespeare's life and times

Oxford School Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing

Oxford School Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/08/2020

Oxford School Shakespeare is an acclaimed edition especially designed for students, with accessible on-page notes and explanatory illustrations, clear background information, and rigorous but accessible scholarly credentials. Much Ado About Nothing is a popular text for study by secondary students the world over. This edition includes illustrations, preliminary notes, reading lists (including websites) and classroom notes. This title is suitable for all exam boards and for the most recent GCSE specifications.

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

Author: William Shakespeare, Russ McDonald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2020

Richard Ii

Richard Ii

Author: William Shakespeare, Frances E. Dolan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2020

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2020

Hamlet

Hamlet

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2020

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2020

Macbeth

Macbeth

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2020

Romeo And Juliet

Romeo And Juliet

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2020

Hamlet

Hamlet

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2020

The Comedy Of Errors

The Comedy Of Errors

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2020

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