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The Cambridge Shakespeare Guide

by Emma Smith

The Cambridge Shakespeare Guide Synopsis

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.

The Cambridge Shakespeare Guide Press 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 Even the most avid Shakespearean will learn from the spotlight on the works, while general essays explore the life and times. -Emma Hagestadt,Durrants 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 of 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. --Around the Globe Magazine

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521149723
Publication date: 22nd March 2012
Author: Emma Smith
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 258 pages
Categories: Shakespeare studies & criticism, Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800,

About Emma Smith

Emma Smith is Fellow and Tutor in English at Hertford College, University of Oxford. She has published a wide range of books and articles on Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, including The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare (2007).

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