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The Cambridge Shakespeare Guide

Emma Smith (University of Oxford)



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Cambridge University Press
22 March 2012
Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800; Shakespeare studies & criticism
Are you studying Shakespeare and looking for a handy summary of plots, characters and interpretations? Or are you a keen theatregoer wanting essential background on the Shakespeare plays you see on stage? Ideal for students and theatre enthusiasts alike, this lively and authoritative guide presents key information, clearly set out, on all Shakespeare's dramatic and poetic works, covering plots and people, sources, context, performance history and major themes. Ordered alphabetically for easy reference, each play entry features a 'key facts' box providing informative and revealing statistics, including a breakdown of each play's major roles. The guide is illustrated with striking performance photographs throughout, and also provides brief accounts of Shakespeare's life and language, Shakespeare in print and theatre in Shakespeare's time. This is an indispensable reference source for all students and theatregoers.
By:   Emma Smith (University of Oxford)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 14mm
Weight:   310g
ISBN:   9780521149723
ISBN 10:   052114972X
Pages:   258
Publication Date:   22 March 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Emma Smith is Fellow and Tutor in English at Hertford College, University of Oxford. She has published a wide range of books and articles on Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, including The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare (2007).

Reviews for The Cambridge Shakespeare Guide

'This admirably lucid and concise guide will both provide essential information and stimulate fresh thought about Shakespeare and his works.' Stanley Wells '5/5 stars: this is probably the only guide you will ever need to Shakespeare and his plays.' The Bookbag 'For students and theatre enthusiasts this Shakespeare guide is a useful resource, providing valuable information for the individual and prompting discussion for groups ... I was very impressed by the content, format and style of this authoritative guide.' New Books Magazine 'The Cambridge Shakespeare Guide is a beautifully packaged, perfectly sized and consummately written and informed book that serves as an essential reference guide.' New Books Magazine 'Even the most avid Shakespearean will learn from the spotlight on the works.' The Independent

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