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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Shakespeare

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The famous playwrite won't be a mystery with this guide that explains the meanings behind his sonnets and plays and the history of his life in easy terms. Supplemented with a character list.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by Alpha
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Jul 01, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it
I'm going back to school in the fall as an English major, so what better time to brush up on my Shakespeare than when I'm sitting by the pool? (Pretty sure I was the only person reading Shakespeare at the pool. That's how I roll.)

I had an English teacher in high school who loved Shakespeare, and his enthusiasm was contagious. But over the years, that enthusiasm wore away, and I became more and more intimidated by the Bard, to the point where I actually kind of feared having to study his plays wh
Apr 13, 2008 Lucinda rated it really liked it
This book is a good reference book as you read each of Shakespeare's books. I am planning to read "The Merchant of Venice" next and wanted to read this book first because I have had an aversion to Shakespeare. I didn't know if I would understand his writings. Understanding the time period and his style will definitely make reading his works more enjoyable. I am now excited to dive into Shakespeare and before reading this book, I really didn't have any desire to attempt. I have been reading parts ...more
Mar 12, 2014 Tallia rated it it was amazing
I am rather enjoying reading this book. I find the historical happenings he puts in the book rather helpful and I now understand more of Shakespeare's wordplay. I love how he gives a description of each play and gives character breakdowns and how he gives a summary of the story. It's definitely a good overview of all his plays. If you want more detail than you should get something like Spark notes edition of whatever play you want or Shakespeare on the double. Def a good overview though!! Loved ...more
Jun 24, 2010 Anita rated it did not like it
Quit reading. I felt like a middle schooler reading it, even for an "idiots" book, . I recommend the Essential Shakespeare Handbook by Leslie Dunton-Downer instead.
Philip Christman
Sep 02, 2015 Philip Christman rated it liked it
Helpful and entertaining but, as in many of the "Idiots" boks, the author tries too hard to be funny.
May 27, 2012 Shishir rated it it was ok
Good intro to the times and writings of Shakespeare
Michael Hinsley
Nov 28, 2009 Michael Hinsley rated it it was ok
Accesable, as they say. Not bad, not great.
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