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Lectures on Shakespeare

W. H. Auden Arthur C. Kirsch



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Princeton University Press
15 October 2019
Shakespeare studies & criticism
From one of the great modern writers, the acclaimed lectures in which he draws on a lifetime of experience to take the measure of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets W. H. Auden, poet and critic, will conduct a course on Shakespeare at the New School for Social Research beginning Wednesday. Mr. Auden . . . proposes to read all Shakespeare's plays in chronological order. So the New York Times reported on September 27, 1946, giving notice of a rare opportunity to hear one of the century's great poets discuss at length one of the greatest writers of all time. Reconstructed by Arthur Kirsch, these lectures offer remarkable insights into Shakespeare's plays and sonnets while also adding immeasurably to our understanding of Auden.
By:   W. H. Auden
Edited by:   Arthur C. Kirsch
Imprint:   Princeton University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9780691197166
ISBN 10:   0691197164
Series:   Princeton Classics
Pages:   432
Publication Date:   15 October 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Arthur Kirsch is the Alice Griffin Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia and the author of books on Shakespeare as well as Auden.

Reviews for Lectures on Shakespeare

In every way, Kirsch has produced a model of useful scholarship. . . . To know Auden's work well is to acquire a liberal education. These lectures on Shakespeare are a good place to start. Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World For anyone who has ever resolved in vain to sit down and read right through Shakespeare, this at last is the volume to help fulfil that resolution. . . . [M]asterly. Christopher Murray, Irish Times The finest [book] by any English poet on the subject since (and I am not forgetting Coleridge) Dr. Johnson. Lachlan MacKinnon, Daily Telegraph A remarkable achievement. Frank Kermode, London Review of Books Auden's lectures on Shakespeare are a marvelous blend of steady, patient intelligence and stunning insight spirited, free-thinking, resourceful, unintimidated, liberated from the air of treacly piety, and very, very intelligent. Stephen Greenblatt

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