Shakespeare: A Beginner's Guide,
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Whether the fault of dreary teachers or hammy actors, Shakespeare is too often seen as dry and impenetrable. This exhilarating book sets out to remind us of the sheer beauty and sophistication that make Shakespeare's works a joy for any audience.
Exploring his invention, wit, and uncanny characterisation, King's unique approach balances the importance of the written word with the living theatre. With summaries of Shakespeare's life and background, explanations of the plays' origins, and advice on how to read his poetry, the book provides all the tools the general reader needs to embrace our greatest writer.
Aimed at the general reader, this guide to Shakespeare's life and work also contains a considerable amount of new research, and reflects the author's experience of professional theatre as well as her expertise as a critic and textual bibliographer.
Chapter titles: Introduction: Why Shakespeare?; 1. Who and What is Shakespeare?; 2.Shakespeare and the Theatre Business; 3. Shakespeare's structures: plot, genre and character; 4. Reading, Hearing and Seeing Shakespeare; 5. Interpreting Shakespeare
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