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The Cambridge Shakespeare Guide by Emma Smith
  

The Cambridge Shakespeare Guide

Synopsis

The Cambridge Shakespeare Guide by Emma Smith

Are you studying Shakespeare and looking for a handy summary of plots, characters and interpretations? Or are you a keen theatregoer wanting essential background on the Shakespeare plays you see on stage? Ideal for students and theatre enthusiasts alike, this lively and authoritative guide presents key information, clearly set out, on all Shakespeare's dramatic and poetic works, covering plots and people, sources, context, performance history and major themes. Ordered alphabetically for easy reference, each play entry features a 'key facts' box providing informative and revealing statistics, including a breakdown of each play's major roles. The guide is illustrated with striking performance photographs throughout, and also provides brief accounts of Shakespeare's life and language, Shakespeare in print and theatre in Shakespeare's time. This is an indispensable reference source for all students and theatregoers.

Reviews

'This admirably lucid and concise guide will both provide essential information and stimulate fresh thought about Shakespeare and his works.'
Stanley Wells

'5/5 stars: this is probably the only guide you will ever need to Shakespeare and his plays.'
The Bookbag

'For students and theatre enthusiasts this Shakespeare guide is a useful resource, providing valuable information for the individual and prompting discussion for groups ... I was very impressed by the content, format and style of this authoritative guide.'
New Books Magazine

'The Cambridge Shakespeare Guide is a beautifully packaged, perfectly sized and consummately written and informed book that serves as an essential reference guide.'
New Books Magazine

'Even the most avid Shakespearean will learn from the spotlight on the works.'
The Independent

'I hope this book will find its way onto the shelves of many a Shakespeare enthusiast and into the satchels of many a student. For undergraduates, cramming for the next seminar or tutorial, Emma Smith's guide will, I suspect, become a trusted and valued friend, something you can turn to with a cup a coffee and read on the way to class. For its size and the range of information it offers, I cannot think of a better example of its kind.'
Paul Edmondson, Around the Globe

About the Author

Emma Smith was born Elspeth Hallsmith in 1923. Maidens' Trip was first published in 1948 and won the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize. The Far Cry, a novel, was published the following year and was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. In 1951 Emma Smith married and moved to Wales, where she published children's books, short stories and, in 1978, her novel The Opportunity of a Lifetime. In 2008 The Great Western Beach, her memoir of her Cornish childhood, was published. Since 1980 Emma Smith has lived in the London district of Putney.

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Book Info

Publication date

22nd March 2012

Author

Emma Smith

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Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Format

Paperback
258 pages

Categories

Shakespeare studies & criticism
Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800

ISBN

9780521149723

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