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Edited by Stanley Wells and Lena Cowen Orlin, this stimulating and comprehensive guide to Shakespeare is an ideal text for undergraduate students. It includes over forty specially commissioned essays by an outstanding team of scholars. Each essay is written in an accessible and engaging style and is followed by annotated suggestions for further reading.
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Paperback, 713 pages
Published February 13th 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2003)
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Andrew Marr
Jan 05, 2013 Andrew Marr rated it really liked it
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Quite helpful for getting a broad range of information & insight into Shakespeare. I found the chapter on deconstruction especially interesting in that it points out how Shakespeare deconstructs many conventions in his plays. I would have liked a reasonable & thoughtful chapter on religious elements in Shakespeare but non-religious readers probably don't agree with that. I think that René Girard's "Theater of Evy" gives valuable insight into Shakespeare, but none of the scholars mention ...more
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Dec 29, 2014 Sammy rated it it was amazing
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Wonderful, wonderful, and still more wonderful!

This is, for my money, the most readable, approachable, intelligent introduction to Shakespeare studies that I've yet found. Each of the book's 45 chapters is written by a different scholar, and edited by Stanley Wells and Lena Cowen Orlin. Over the course of this 45 chapters, readers are given a detailed but comprehensive introduction to the headline topics. This includes Shakespeare's life from birth to death; the theatres and culture of his time;
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Philip
Feb 26, 2011 Philip rated it really liked it
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This is part of my Shakespeare reference collection, which includes:

A Companion to Shakespeare
Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare
Essential Shakespeare Handbook
Imagining Shakespeare
Northrop Frye on Shakespeare
Shakespeare After All
Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide
Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human
The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare
The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare

For the plays I’ve read, I’ve also read the relevant sections in these reference books. When I pick up the next play in my Shakespeare re
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Sarah
Jun 13, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Please I want to know if I can read this book from here, or even a part of it.
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Stanley William Wells, CBE, is a Shakespeare scholar and Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
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