The Genius of Shakespeare

Picador Classic

Author: Jonathan Bate

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0330538349

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 400

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With an introduction by Simon Callow Judgements about the quality of works of art begin in opinion. But for the last two hundred years only the wilfully perverse (and Tolstoy) have denied the validity of the opinion that Shakespeare was a genius. Who was Shakespeare? Why has his writing endured? And what makes it so endlessly adaptable to different times and cultures? Exploring Shakespeare's life, including questions of authorship and autobiography, and charting how his legacy has grown over the centuries, this extraordinary book asks how Shakespeare has come to be such a powerful symbol of genius. Written with lively passion and wit, The Genius of Shakespeare is a fascinating biography of the life - and afterlife - of our greatest poet. Jonathan Bate, one of the world's leading Shakespearean scholars, has shown how the legend of Shakespeare's genius was created and sustained, and how the man himself became a truly global phenomenon. 'The best modern book on Shakespeare' Sir Peter Hall

The Life of William Shakespeare

A Critical Biography

Author: Lois Potter

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0631207848

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 497

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Who was William Shakespeare, really? This biography is an exploration of Shakespeare's life and works, focusing on often neglected literary and historical contexts such as what he read, who he worked with as an author and an actor, and how these various collaborations may have affected his writing. Drawing in particular on the idea of literary personality and on new discoveries about collaboration, the author looks at Shakespeare's role models, both real and fictional. The focus throughout is on Shakespeare's words and on what he learned about writing for his audiences, which the author suggests were more varied than has been thought. Written by a Shakespearean scholar and experienced theatre reviewer, it pays particular attention to Shakespeare's theatrical contemporaries and the ways in which they influenced his writing, offering an account of the life and work of the great poet-dramatist, structured around the idea of memory.

Globe

Life in Shakespeare's London

Author: Catharine Arnold

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471125718

Category: History

Page: 320

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The life of William Shakespeare, Britain's greatest dramatist, was inextricably linked with the history of London. Together, the great writer and the great city came of age and confronted triumph and tragedy. Triumph came when Shakespeare's company, the Chamberlain's Men, opened the Globe playhouse on Bankside in 1599, under the patronage of Queen Elizabeth I. Tragedy touched the lives of many of his contemporaries, from fellow playwright Christopher Marlowe to the disgraced Earl of Essex, while London struggled against the ever-present threat of riots, rebellions and outbreaks of plague. Globetakes its readers on a tour of London through Shakespeare's life and work. In fascinating detail, Catharine Arnold tells how acting came of age, how troupes of touring players were transformed from scruffy vagabonds into the finely-dressed 'strutters' of the Globe itself. We learn about James Burbage, founder of the original Theatre, in Shoreditch, who carried timbers across the Thames to build the Globe among the bear-gardens and brothels of Bankside. And of the terrible night in 1613 when the theatre caught fire during a performance of King Henry VIII. Rebuilt once more, the Globe continued to stand as a monument to Shakespeare's genius until 1642 when it was destroyed on the orders of Oliver Cromwell. And finally we learn how 300 years later, Shakespeare's Globe opened once more upon the Bankside, to great acclaim, rising like a phoenix from the flames. Arnold creates a vivid portrait of Shakespeare and his London from the bard's own plays and contemporary sources, combining a novelist's eye for detail with a historian's grasp of his unique contribution to the development of the English theatre. This is a portrait of Shakespeare, London, the man and the myth.

As You Like It

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230243800

Category: Drama

Page: 200

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From the Royal Shakespeare Company – a fresh new edition of Shakespeare's journey into the Forest of Arden THIS EDITION INCLUDES: * An introduction to As You Like It by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate * The play – with clear and authoritative explanatory notes on each page * A helpful scene-by-scene analysis and key facts about the play * An introduction to Shakespeare's career and the Elizabethan theatre * A rich exploration of approaches to staging the play featuring photographs of key productions The most enjoyable way to understand a Shakespeare play is to see it or participate in it. This unique edition presents a historical overview of As You Like It in performance, recommends film versions, takes a detailed look at specific productions and includes interviews with two leading directors and a well-known Shakespearean actor - Dominic Cooke, Michael Boyd and Naomi Frederick - so that we may get a sense of the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible, a variety that gives Shakespeare his unique capacity to be reinvented and made 'our contemporary' four centuries after his death.

Genius in France

An Idea and Its Uses

Author: Ann Jefferson

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400852595

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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This engaging book spans three centuries to provide the first full account of the long and diverse history of genius in France. Exploring a wide range of examples from literature, philosophy, and history, as well as medicine, psychology, and journalism, Ann Jefferson examines the ways in which the idea of genius has been ceaselessly reflected on and redefined through its uses in these different contexts. She traces its varying fortunes through the madness and imposture with which genius is often associated, and through the observations of those who determine its presence in others. Jefferson considers the modern beginnings of genius in eighteenth-century aesthetics and the works of philosophes such as Diderot. She then investigates the nineteenth-century notion of national and collective genius, the self-appointed role of Romantic poets as misunderstood geniuses, the recurrent obsession with failed genius in the realist novels of writers like Balzac and Zola, the contested category of female genius, and the medical literature that viewed genius as a form of pathology. She shows how twentieth-century views of genius narrowed through its association with IQ and child prodigies, and she discusses the different ways major theorists—including Sartre, Barthes, Derrida, and Kristeva—have repudiated and subsequently revived the concept. Rich in narrative detail, Genius in France brings a fresh approach to French intellectual and cultural history, and to the burgeoning field of genius studies.

Titus Andronicus and Timon of Athens

Two Classical Plays

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137004754

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

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From the Royal Shakespeare Company – a fresh new edition of two of Shakespeare's classical plays This book includes: *Illuminating introductions to Titus Andronicus and Timon of Athens by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate * The twoplays – with clear explanatory notes on each page * Helpful scene-by-scene analyses and key facts about both plays * An introduction to Shakespeare's career and the Elizabethan theatre * Rich explorations of approaches to staging both plays featuring photographs of key productions of each The most enjoyable way to understand a Shakespeare play is to see it or participate in it. This book presents a historical overview of two of Shakespeare's classical plays Titus Andronicusand Timon of Athens in performance, recommends film versions, takes a detailed look at specific productions and includes interviews with three leading Directors – Gregory Doran,YukioNinagawa and Michael Pennington – so that we may get a sense of the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible - a variety that gives Shakespeare his unique capacity to be reinvented and made 'our contemporary' four centuries after his death.

Hamlet

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230217877

Category: Drama

Page: 256

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From the Royal Shakespeare Company – a fresh new edition of Shakespeare's most celebrated play. This book includes: * An introduction to Hamlet by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate * The play – with clear explanatory notes on each page * A scene-by-scene analysis * An introduction to Shakespeare's career and the Elizabethan theatre * A rich exploration of approaches to staging Hamlet The most enjoyable way to understand a Shakespeare play is to see it or participate in it. This book presents a historical overview of Hamlet in performance, recommends film versions, takes a detailed look at specific productions and includes interviews with three leading Directors – Michael Boyd, Ron Daniels and John Caird – so that we may get a sense of the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible - a variety that gives Shakespeare his unique capacity to be reinvented and made 'our contemporary' four centuries after his death.

Antony and Cleopatra

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137004185

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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This new edition of Shakespeare's classic love story, developed by and for the RSC, includes new interviews with acclaimed directors Adrian Noble, Gregory Doran and Braham Murray, looks at specific productions in the play's history, and a completely new introduction by acclaimed scholar Jonathan Bate.

Macbeth

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137004436

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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A new edition of one of Shakespeare's most exciting tragedies, developed by and for the RSC, this book explores the play's history in production, offers helpful notes and summaries to help the reader understand the text, and includes interviews with three leading directors - Rupert Goold, Gregory Foran and Trevor Nunn.

'Hamlet' Without Hamlet

Author: Margreta de Grazia

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521870259

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 267

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A study tracing the impact and evolution of Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Coriolanus

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230284132

Category: Drama

Page: 240

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'Jonathan Bate writes with as much elegance as insight about the making of theatre and the creation of the plays.' - Richard Eyre, Sunday Telegraph From the Royal Shakespeare Company - a fresh new edition of Shakespeare's gripping political and personal tragedy THIS EDITION INCLUDES: • An illuminating introduction to Coriolanus by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate • The play - with clear and authoritative explanatory notes on each page • A helpful scene-by-scene analysis and key facts about the play • An introduction to Shakespeare's career and the Elizabethan theatre • A rich exploration of approaches to staging the play featuring photographs of key productions The most enjoyable way to understand a Shakespeare play is to see it or participate in it. This unique edition presents a historical overview of Coriolanus in performance, recommends film versions, takes a detailed look at specific productions and includes interviews with two leading directors – Gregory Doran and David Farr – so that we may get a sense of the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible, a variety that gives Shakespeare his unique capacity to be reinvented and made 'our contemporary' four centuries after his death. Ideal for students, theatre-goers, actors and general readers, the RSC Shakespeare plays offer an accessible and contemporary approach to reading and rediscovering Shakespeare's works for the twenty-first century.

Twelfth Night

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137004797

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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From the Royal Shakespeare Company – a fresh new edition of Shakespeare's great comedy of love, folly and mistaken identity THIS EDITION INCLUDES: * An introduction to Twelfth Night by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate * The play – with clear and authoritative explanatory notes on each page * A helpful scene-by-scene analysis and key facts about the play * An introduction to Shakespeare's career and the Elizabethan theatre * A rich exploration of approaches to staging the play featuring photographs of key productions The most enjoyable way to understand a Shakespeare play is to see it or participate in it. This unique edition presents a historical overview of Twelfth Night in performance, recommends film versions, takes a detailed look at specific productions and includes interviews with three leading directors – Sam Mendes, Declan Donnellan and Neil Bartlett - so that we may get a sense of the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible, a variety that gives Shakespeare his unique capacity to be reinvented and made 'our contemporary' four centuries after his death.

King Lear

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230576141

Category: Drama

Page: 240

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The first edition of King Lear developed by and for the RSC, with unique material including a new introduction from Jonathan Bate and interviews with important RSC directors

Cymbeline

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230300901

Category: Drama

Page: 240

View: 8681

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A fresh new edition of Shakespeare's magical late play, developed by and for the RSC, includes new interviews with acclaimed directors Dominic Cooke and Emma Rice, looks at specific productions in the play's history, and a completely new introduction by acclaimed scholar Jonathan Bate

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230217893

Category: Drama

Page: 184

View: 3860

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From the Royal Shakespeare Company – a modern, definitive edition of Shakespeare’s most loved comedy. With an expert introduction by Sir Jonathan Bate, this unique edition presents a historical overview of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in performance, takes a detailed look at specific productions, and recommends film versions. Included in this edition are three interviews with leading directors Michael Boyd, Gregory Doran and Tim Supple, providing an illuminating insight into the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible. This edition also includes an essay on Shakespeare’s career and Elizabethan theatre, and enables the reader to understand the play as it was originally intended – as living theatre to be enjoyed and performed. Ideal for students, theatre-goers, actors and general readers, the RSC Shakespeare editions offer a fresh, accessible and contemporary approach to reading and rediscovering Shakespeare’s works for the twenty-first century.

Henry IV

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137004290

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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From the Royal Shakespeare Company – a fresh new edition of Shakespeare's tragi-comedy of youth and age, introducing the immortal Sir John Falstaff THIS EDITION INCLUDES: • An illuminating introduction to Henry IV Part I by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate • The play - with clear and authoritative explanatory notes on each page • A helpful scene-by-scene analysis and key facts about the play • An introduction to Shakespeare's career and the Elizabethan theatre • A rich exploration of approaches to staging the play featuring photographs of key productions The most enjoyable way to understand a Shakespeare play is to see it or participate in it. This unique edition presents a historical overview of Henry IV Part I in performance, recommends film versions, takes a detailed look at specific productions and includes interviews with two leading directors and an actor– Michael Boyd, Adrian Noble and Michael Pennington – so that we may get a sense of the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible, a variety that gives Shakespeare his unique capacity to be reinvented and made 'our contemporary' four centuries after his death. Ideal for students, theatre-goers, actors and general readers, the RSC Shakespeare editions offer an accessible and contemporary approach to reading and rediscovering Shakespeare's works for the twenty-first century.

Romeo and Juliet

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137004568

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

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From the Royal Shakespeare Company – a fresh new edition of the most famous of all love stories THIS EDITION INCLUDES: • An illuminating introduction to Romeo and Juliet by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate • The play - with clear and authoritative explanatory notes on each page • A helpful scene-by-scene analysis and key facts about the play • An introduction to Shakespeare's career and the Elizabethan theatre • A rich exploration of approaches to staging the play featuring photographs of key productions The most enjoyable way to understand a Shakespeare play is to see it or participate in it. This unique edition presents a historical overview of Romeo and Juliet in performance, recommends film versions, takes a detailed look at specific productions and includes interviews with a leading director and two actors – Michael Attenborough, David Tennant and Alexandra Gilbreath – so that we may get a sense of the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible, a variety that gives Shakespeare his unique capacity to be reinvented and made 'our contemporary' four centuries after his death. Ideal for students, theatre-goers, actors and general readers, the RSC Shakespeare editions offer an accessible and contemporary approach to reading and rediscovering Shakespeare's works for the twenty-first century.

The Tempest

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230217850

Category: Drama

Page: 176

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The first edition of The Tempest developed by and for the RSC, with unique material including a brand new introduction from Jonathan Bate and interviews with important RSC directors.