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William Shakespeare /
Dominic Shellard.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
description
120 p. : ill., ports, facsims ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0195214420
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Book
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imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
isbn
0195214420
catalogue key
8647662
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 116) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Dominic Shellard is Head of Drama at the University of Sheffield. His other books include British Theatre since the War
Reviews
Review Quotes
"[A] handsome volume... Shellard succeeds very well. Readers who know nothing of the subject will come away from the book well informed, while those familiar with the plays will find their knowledge widened and their understanding deepened. Spacious page design and good-quality paper enhancethe many illustrations (most in color)... An excellent resource."--Booklist
"A handsome volume... Shellard succeeds very well. Readers who know nothing of the subject will come away from the book well informed, while those familiar with the plays will find their knowledge widened and their understanding deepened. Spacious page design and good-quality paper enhance themany illustrations (most in color)... An excellent resource."--Booklist
"An excellent introduction to the world's greatest playwright. Lots of photographic and artistic reproductions, a chronology, and a further reading list add to the appeal of this attractive book."--Bloomsbury Review
"Very readable, eye-catching presentation of early Elizabethan England, theater history, and the life of William Shakespeare. Full-color and black-and-white photographs, periodic reproductions, and drawings grab the reader's attention."--Library Materials Guide
"With surprising depth, this readable history presents a sophisticated introduction to Elizabethan England, theater history, and the life of Shakespeare.... It is this respectful review of scholarship and the lively, concise voice that distinguish this title from the standard series biography.The information is enhanced by excellent-quality full-color and black-and-white photographs, period reproductions, and drawings. The chronology is lengthier than most, quite a complete summing up, and includes interesting tidbits that keep it from being dry... A stimulating overview."--SchoolLibrary Journal (starred review)
"With surprising depth, this readable history presents a sophisticated introduction to Elizabethan England, theater history, and the life of Shakespeare.... It is this respectful review of scholarship and the lively, concise voice that distinguish this title from the standard series biography. The information is enhanced by excellent-quality full-color and black-and-white photographs, period reproductions, and drawings. The chronology is lengthier than most, quite a complete summing up, and includes interesting tidbits that keep it from being dry... A stimulating overview."--School Library Journal (starred review) "Handsome volume... Shellard succeeds very well. Readers who know nothing of the subject will come away from the book well informed, while those familiar with the plays will find their knowledge widened and their understanding deepened. Spacious page design and good-quality paper enhance the many illustrations (most in color)... An excellent resource."--Booklist "Oxford recommends William Shakespeare to teens, but adults will also find it to be an excellent introduction to the world's gretest playwright. Lots of photographic and artistic reproductions, a chronology, and a "Further Reading" list add to the appeal of this attractive book."--Bloomsbury Review
"With surprising depth, this readable history presents a sophisticated introduction to Elizabethan England, theater history, and the life of Shakespeare.... It is this respectful review of scholarship and the lively, concise voice that distinguish this title from the standard series biography. The information is enhanced by excellent-quality full-color and black-and-white photographs, period reproductions, and drawings. The chronology is lengthier than most, quite a complete summing up, and includes interesting tidbits that keep it from being dry... A stimulating overview."-- School Library Journal (starred review) "Handsome volume... Shellard succeeds very well. Readers who know nothing of the subject will come away from the book well informed, while those familiar with the plays will find their knowledge widened and their understanding deepened. Spacious page design and good-quality paper enhance the many illustrations (most in color)... An excellent resource."-- Booklist "Oxford recommends William Shakespeare to teens, but adults will also find it to be an excellent introduction to the world's gretest playwright. Lots of photographic and artistic reproductions, a chronology, and a "Further Reading" list add to the appeal of this attractive book."-- Bloomsbury Review
"With surprising depth, this readable history presents a sophisticated introduction to Elizabethan England, theater history, and the life of Shakespeare.... It is this respectful review of scholarship and the lively, concise voice that distinguish this title from the standard series biography. The information is enhanced by excellent-quality full-color and black-and-white photographs, period reproductions, and drawings. The chronology is lengthier than most, quite a complete summing up, and includes interesting tidbits that keep it from being dry... A stimulating overview."--School LibraryJournal(starred review) "Handsome volume... Shellard succeeds very well. Readers who know nothing of the subject will come away from the book well informed, while those familiar with the plays will find their knowledge widened and their understanding deepened. Spacious page design and good-quality paper enhance the many illustrations (most in color)... An excellent resource."--Booklist "Oxford recommendsWilliam Shakespeareto teens, but adults will also find it to be an excellent introduction to the world's gretest playwright. Lots of photographic and artistic reproductions, a chronology, and a "Further Reading" list add to the appeal of this attractive book."--BloomsburyReview
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Summaries
Authored Title
This well-illustrated biography covers what little we know of Shakespeare's life & provides a good introduction to his plays.
Long Description
This entertaining and authoritative profile of the Bard by Professor Dominic Shellard provides a clear account of the main events in the playwright's life, and gives new insights into the circumstances and influences that shaped his major works.
Main Description
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) is recognized around the world as the greatest English playwright. Almost four hundred years after his death, the interest in his life and work is stronger than ever. Yet Shakespeare himself is still a puzzle to biographers. The scarcity of hard evidence relating to some crucial aspects of Shakespeare's life has given rise to much speculation over the centuries, including some doubt as to the authorship of his most famous plays. We still don't know if he actually knew Queen Elizabeth I, whether he was fond of ale or sack, or why his father suffered such a decline in fortune during William's early childhood. This entertaining and authoritative account of the Bard's life and work by theatre expert Dominic Shellard provides a clear account of the main events in the playwright's life, and gives new insights into the circumstances and influences that shaped his major works. The text and illustrations are based on the manuscript and printed book collections of the British Library. Book jacket.

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