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Shakespeare plays

See below for a selection of the latest books from Shakespeare plays category. Presented with a red border are the Shakespeare plays books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Shakespeare plays books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Applause Shakespeare Workbook

Applause Shakespeare Workbook

Author: Paul Sugarman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2020

Monologues from Shakespeare's First Folio for Older Men

Monologues from Shakespeare's First Folio for Older Men

Author: Paul Sugarman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2020

Monologues from Shakespeare's First Folio for Older Men

Monologues from Shakespeare's First Folio for Older Men

Author: Paul Sugarman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2020

Monologues from Shakespeare's First Folio for Women

Monologues from Shakespeare's First Folio for Women

Author: Paul Sugarman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2020

Arden Shakespeare Third Series Complete Works

Arden Shakespeare Third Series Complete Works

Author: Ann (King's College London, UK) Thompson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2020

This new Complete Works marks the completion of the Arden Shakespeare Third Series and includes the complete plays, poems and sonnets, edited by leading international scholars. New to this edition are the 'apocryphal' plays, part-written by Shakespeare: Double Falsehood, Sir Thomas More and King Edward III. The anthology is unique in giving all three extant texts of Hamlet from Shakespeare's time: the first and second Quarto texts of 1603 and 1604-5, and the first Folio text of 1623. With a simple alphabetical arrangement the Complete Works are easy to navigate, and the reader's understanding and enjoyment are enhanced by the general introduction, short individual introductions to each text, a glossary and a bibliography. This handsome volume is ideal for readers keen to explore Shakespeare's work and for anyone building their literary library.

Arden Shakespeare Third Series Complete Works

Arden Shakespeare Third Series Complete Works

Author: Ann (King's College London, UK) Thompson Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2020

This new Complete Works marks the completion of the Arden Shakespeare Third Series and includes the complete plays, poems and sonnets, edited by leading international scholars. New to this edition are the 'apocryphal' plays, part-written by Shakespeare: Double Falsehood, Sir Thomas More and King Edward III. The anthology is unique in giving all three extant texts of Hamlet from Shakespeare's time: the first and second Quarto texts of 1603 and 1604-5, and the first Folio text of 1623. With a simple alphabetical arrangement the Complete Works are easy to navigate, and the reader's understanding and enjoyment are enhanced by the general introduction, short individual introductions to each text, a glossary and a bibliography. This handsome volume is ideal for readers keen to explore Shakespeare's work and for anyone building their literary library.

Reading the Road from Shakespeare to Bunyan

Reading the Road from Shakespeare to Bunyan

Author: Lisa Hopkins Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2020

This book brings together thirteen essays, by both established and emerging scholars, which examine the most influential meanings of roads in early modern literature and culture. Chapters develop our understanding of the place of the road in the early modern imagination and open various windows on a geography which may by its nature seem passing or trivial but is in fact central to all conceptions of movement. They also shed new light on perhaps the most astonishing achievement of early modern plays: their use of one small, bare space to suggest an amazing variety of physical and potentially metaphysical locations.

Shakespeare's King Lear

Shakespeare's King Lear

Author: Richard Knowles Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2020

Inaugurated in the 1860s, and the standard reference edition of Shakespeare's work, each volume of the New Variorum Shakespeare presents complete textual and critical histories of each line of the play, along with extensive essays on criticism, sources, stage history, and more. The New Variorum Editions are valuable resources for an international audience of scholars, students, directors, actors, and general readers. Overseen by three general editors and an MLA committee, the production of each edition is conducted by a team of scholars and researchers working over a number of years. This edition contains a text of the play, textual variants from all subsequent editions of the play, and commentary notes. Includes discussion of important early editions, date of composition, sources, language and style, structure, influences, analogues, criticism, themes, characters, stage productions, film adaptations, operatic adaptations, and music for the play.

Shakespeare'S Essays

Shakespeare'S Essays

Author: Peter Platt Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2020

Argues that the Essais of Montaigne were a crucial factor in the composition of later Shakespearean drama A new way of accounting for the different sorts of plays that Shakespeare wrote later in his career A detailed history of the literary-critical interest in the Montaigne-Shakespeare connection, from the eighteenth century to the present day Case studies that, through sustained close-readings of Montaigne's essays and Shakespeare's plays, shows the shared concerns of the authors A new approach that differs from the more typical method of looking merely for verbal echoes, resulting in a deeper, richer sense of the way that Shakespeare's reading of Montaigne shaped his writing In this revisionist study, Peter G. Platt provides a detailed history of the literary-critical interest in the Montaigne-Shakespeare connection from the eighteenth century to the present day. Through sustained close-readings of Montaigne's essays and Shakespeare's plays, Platt explores both authors' approaches to self, knowledge and form that stress fractures, interruptions and alternatives. While the change in monarchy, the revived interest in judicial rhetoric and the alterations in Shakespeare's acting company helped shape plays such as Measure for Measure, King Lear and The Tempest, this book contends that Shakespeare's reading of Montaigne is an under-recognised driving force in these later plays.

As You Like It

As You Like It

Author: Kashish Dua Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2020

A pastoral comedy written by William Shakespeare, As You Like It is regarded as one of his greatest comedies for more than four centuries now. The play is set up mostly in the Forest of Arden, and it narrates the story of Rosalind and Celia's experiences with disguises and desires. While the readers also remain engaged with the issues of primogeniture and exile informing the tensions between the two sets of brothers Oliver Orlando and Duke Senior (Ferdinand)-Duke Frederick, respectively, the play's true captivating nature is lent by characters like Audrey, Silvius, Phoebe and Adam, who come from the lower social strata. The play ends on a note of forgiveness, reunion and understanding. The analysis of `The idea of the pastoral' and `The operations of gender', both the primary subjects of criticism, have been given a special focus in the two extremely informative critical essays included at the end of the book. Key Features Fully-annotated text explained in an easy-to-understand language. Detailed introduction to the play encourages readers to critically examine the background and the various aspects of the play. Act-wise Summary given at the end of each Act.

The First Quarto of 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'

The First Quarto of 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'

Author: David (University of Leeds) Lindley Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2020

The First Quarto of The Merry Wives of Windsor is the most fascinatingly problematic of all the early Shakespearean texts. Was it an authorial first draft? Or a cut-down version of the better-known Folio text designed for acting? Or a text put together from faulty actors' memories? Or a reported text assembled by notetakers from attendance at the theatre? None of these theories, though advanced and interrogated for the last 250 years, is totally convincing. The Introduction to this edition explores the various attempts to make sense of the short version of the play, demonstrating the ways in which preferences for one theory or another reflect the changes in editorial theory and fashion over the centuries. The modernised text and its commentary enable the reader to enter into this ongoing and endlessly intriguing debate.

Shakespeare, Midlife, and Generativity

Shakespeare, Midlife, and Generativity

Author: Karl F. Zender Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2020

The life expectancy in Shakespearean times averaged only about twenty-five to thirty-five years, but those who survived the illnesses of infancy and childhood could look forward to a long life with nearly the same level of confidence as someone living now. But even so long ago, some faced conflicts in their middle and later years that remain familiar today. In Shakespeare, Midlife, and Generativity, Karl F. Zender explores William Shakespeare's depictions of middle age by examining the relationships between middle-aged parents -- mainly fathers -- and their children in five of his greatest plays. He finds that the middle-aged characters in King Lear, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, The Winter's Tale, and The Tempest -- much like their modern counterparts -- experience a fear of aging and debility. Representations of middle age occur throughout the Shakespearean canon, in forms ranging from Jaques' seven ages speech in As You Like It to the emphasis -- almost an obsession -- in many plays on relations between the generations. Lear, Zender shows, tries to forestall the approach of old age with a fantasy of literal rebirth in his relationship with Cordelia. Macbeth depicts an even more urgent struggle against midlife decline, while in Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare portrays two characters in midlife crisis who attempt to redefine their identities by memorializing their former status and power, now lost. Drawing on Erik Erikson's theory of generativity -- a midlife shift from advancing one's own career to aiding a younger generation -- Zender explores the difficulties Shakespeare's characters face as they transfer power and authority to their children and others in the next generation. Paying careful attention to the plays' moral and ethical implications, he demonstrates how Shakespeare's innovative depiction of the midlife experience focuses on internal psychological understanding rather than external actions such as ceremony and ritual. Illuminating and engaging, Shakespeare, Midlife, and Generativity offers a fresh analysis of several of Shakespeare's most important plays and explores a profound, centuries-old perspective on the challenges inherent in middle age.