Author: Cedric Watts
Professor Cedric Watts discusses 25 puzzles presented by the works of Shakespeare. For instance: The Sonnets - autobiographical or fictional? What is the plot of the long-lost Love's Labour's Won? What are the 'glass eyes' in King Lear? Prospero's epilogue: it is really Shakespeare's farewell? Repeatedly, these challenging discussions reveal and resolve problematic features of the works, and demonstrate the linkage of minor and major concerns. Cedric Watts, Emeritus Professor of English at Sussex University, was co-author (with John Sutherland) of the acclaimed book, Henry V: War Criminal? and Other Shakespeare Puzzles. This new selection of puzzles was first published in Around the Globe, the magazine of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.
Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Like every other play in the Cambridge School Shakespeare series, Antony and Cleopatra has been specially prepared to help all students in schools and colleges. This version aims to be different from other editions of the play. It invites you to bring the play to life in your classroom through enjoyable activities that will help increase your understanding. You are encourage to make up your own mind about the play, rather than have someone else's interpretation handed down to you. Whatever you do, remember that Shakespeare wrote his plays to be acted, watched and enjoyed.
Author: William Shakespeare,John Wilders
Publisher: Cengage Learning EMEA
John Wilders - literary advisor to the BBC TV Shakespeare series - brings thorough scholarship and a practical understanding of performance needs to this new edition. Clarity, accessibility and rigour are the hallmarks of an edition which will provide invaluable guidance for all its readers. "This edition has a very helpful introduction and good clear text, as well as the exceptionally excellent and detailed notes." Dr Michael Herbert, St Andrews University 'Ã‚â€¦a useful treatment of a complex play' Barry Gaines, University of New Mexico, Shakespeare Quarterly
Author: Adrian Poole
Publisher: Connell Publishing
Category: Literary Criticism
Writers, playwrights and philosophers have alike been fascinated by Shakespeare’s Cleopatra. The contradictions in her character, said the writer Anna Jameson, fuse “into one brilliant impersonation of classical elegance, Oriental voluptuousness, and gipsy sorcery”. When Henry James sought to suggest the charm cast over an impressionable but repressed American by a glamorous Parisian countess, it was Cleopatra’s “infinite variety” to which he had recourse. There are two obvious reasons, says Adrian Poole, why the play has enjoyed a great leap in popularity and interest since the early 20th century. One is changing attitudes to gender and sexuality, and the relaxing of some of the taboos impeding the liberation of women from the confinements and distinctions in force at least since the Restoration. The other is changing conceptions of theatre. The advent of cinema encouraged lighter, swifter and more flexible forms of staging. One can scarcely think of a Shakespeare play that benefits more from such a liberation. But there are other less obvious reasons. One is the opposition between love and romance on the one hand and politics and war on the other – the play’s complex re-working of some age-old myths about Venus and Mars. As our own media daily insist, at least in the anglophone world, the love-affairs of the top dogs are matters of public interest. The fate of all those men and women sacrificed “to solder up the rift” between Antony and Caesar does hang on what happens, or fails to happen, behind the scenes. No play conveys this better than Antony and Cleopatra.
Author: William Shakespeare
Presents the romantic tragedy about the relationship between Mark Antony and the Queen of Egypt.
Author: John Dryden
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
All for Love or, The World Well Lost is John Dryden's 1677 adaptation of the tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra into a neo-classical quintet with supporting voices: After Cleopatra's desertion of Antony at the battle of Actium, not only his wife Octavia but also his general Ventidius and his friend Dolabella strive to win him over to their side. Antony, torn between the claims of duty, friendship, dignity and love, despairs when he hears the rumour of Cleopatra's death, which is not, as in Shakespeare's version, spread by the queen herself but by her deceitful eunuch. This edition includes Dryden's dedication of the play to the Earl of Danby and his preface, in which he defends against French neo-classicist strictures the liberties he took with his sources; it further discusses the play's austere power in the theatre, which is unjustly considered to be inferior to Shakespeare's quite distinct version of the story.
Author: A.C. Bradley
Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Dist
One Of The Best-Known Works Of Bradley, The Present Volume Consists Of Lectures Delivered During The Author S Tenure Of The Chair Of Poetry (1901-1906) At Oxford. The Lectures Approach The Style And Craftsmanship, Views And Theories Of Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Hegel, Shelley And Keats Through An Extended Study Of Their Valuable Works. Lectures Included Herein Are:" Poetry For Poetry S Sake" The Sublime" Hegel S Theory Of Tragedy" Wordsworth" Shelley S View Of Poetry" The Long Poem In The Age Of Wordsworth" The Letters Of Keats" The Rejection Of Falstaff" Shakespeare S Antony And Cleopatra" Shakespeare The Man" Shakespeare S Theatre And AudienceBradley S Work Is Considered A Classical Masterpiece Which Retains Its Interest And Admirers As Yet. It Is A Must-Read Book For Students And Researchers Of English Literature As It Facilitates In-Depth Study Of Valuable Works Of Great Authors Of The Subject.
Life of a Colossus
Author: Adrian Goldsworthy
Publisher: Yale University Press
In this landmark biography, Goldsworthy places Caesar firmly within the context of Roman society in the first century B.C.
Author: Charlotte Brontë
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
A young woman looks back at her childhood in a harsh orphanage and describes her growing love for the man who employs her as governess
Author: Andrew Matthews,Tony Ross,William Shakespeare
Publisher: Orchard (NY)
A wonderful retelling of Shakespeare's thrilling tale of love torn apart by history. With notes on Shakespeare and the Globe theatre and Love and Death in Anthony and Cleopatra.
Author: William Shakespeare,Richard Proudfoot,Ann Thompson,David Scott Kastan
Publisher: A&C Black
An authoritative, classic edition of Shakespeare's complete works in one paperback volume.
Author: Clarence C. Strowbridge
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Compact anthology features many of the best works by 59 poets writing in English, among them Edmund Spenser, Christina Rossetti, John Milton, Robert Burns, and William Blake.
Shakespeare Stories for Children
Author: Andrew Matthews
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Over two million Shakespeare Shorts sold! Discover the world of Shakespeare with this collection of brilliant stories - perfect for readers of all ages. Rome's greatest general, Julius Caesar, returns to the city celebrating a glorious victory. But among the cheering crowds, a group of conspirators are determined to prevent Caesar becoming king... A brilliant retelling of Shakespeare's famous Roman play.
The Life & Legend of Lawrence of Arabia
Author: Michael Korda
Publisher: Aurum Press Limited
Category: Biography & Autobiography
'This magnificent, monumental portrait at a stroke makes all others redundant, and re-establishes Lawrence as one of the most extraordinary figures of the 20th century' Sunday Times Michael Korda’ s Hero is an epic biography of the mysterious Englishman whose daring exploits made him an object of intense fascination, known the world over as Lawrence of Arabia. An Oxford Scholar and archaeologist, one of five illegitimate sons of a British aristocrat who ran away with his daughters' governess, T.E. Lawrence was sent to Cairo as an intelligence officer in 1916, vanished into the desert in 1917, and re-emerged as one of the most remarkable and controversial figures of the First World War. He united and led the Arab tribes to defeat the Turks and eventually capture Damascus, an adventure he recorded in the classic Seven Pillars of Wisdom. A born leader, utterly fearless and seemingly impervious to pain and danger, he remained modest, and retiring. Farsighted diplomat, brilliant military strategist, the first media celebrity, and acclaimed writer, Lawrence was a visionary whose achievements transcended his time: had his vision for the modern Middle East been carried through, the hatred and bloodshed that have since plagued the region might have prevented. The democratic reforms he would have implemented as British High Commissioner of Egypt, are those the Egyptians are now demanding, 91 years later. Ultimately, as this magisterial work demonstrates, Lawrence remains the paradigm of the hero in modern times.
Author: Jasper Fforde
In a world where one can literally get lost in literature, Thursday Next, a Special Operative in literary detection, tries to stop the world's Third Most Wanted criminal from kidnapping characters, including Jane Eyre, from works of literature.