The Rough Guide to Shakespeare (Second Edition)
The Rough Guide to Shakespeare provides the perfect introduction across all media from the Elizabethan theatre to the modern multiplex. Designed to work equally well as a quick reference and a background companion, the book features full coverage of all 38 plays including a synopsis, character list, stage history and a full critical essay. There are guides to recommended t...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 592 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Rough Guides Limited
(first published April 25th 2005)
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A pretty darn decent overview of the Bard for a newcomer or amateur fan: this work includes concise but researched synopses of each play and poem, alongside historical, academic and textual notes. It also remembers the crucial mantra that Shakespeare was written to be performed, with an examination of acting styles, reviews of notable film and audio adaptations, and interviews with a dozen-or-so leading Shakespearean actors of the 20th century (Ian McKellen, Harriet Walter and Adrian Lester amon...more