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Me and Shakespeare: Adventures with the Bard by Herman Gollob
Most of the previous reviewers have stressed the self-focus that, I agree, is both a strength & the weakness of Me and Shakespeare.
But only one reviewer so far has mentioned how useful the book is in giving a layman's guide to some of the scholarly and popular critical literature on the plays. I enjoyed Gollob's brief descriptions of one old favorite (Goddard) and of many books that were new to me, and that I've now tracked down.
Many of these books are mentioned in Chapter 1, but others pop up throughout the book as Gollob talks about the individual plays. He devotes most thought to the tragedies and the "Roman plays." The English histories -- particularly Henry… Read more
To Be Or Not To Be by William Shakespeare
To Be Or Not To Be by William Shakespeare
If you want to study Shakespeare's construction of the soliloquy -- a speech in which one character speaks his thoughts aloud, "to himself" and not to any other character onstage -- then this book may serve you well. Every soliloquy given by every character, male and female, is here.
But Shakespeare's great one-character speeches are often not true soliloquies; they're delivered to another character onstage. (Think "Friends, Romans, countryment, lend me your ears" from Julius Caesar, or Portia's "The quality of mercy is not strained" from Merchant of Venice.) Because Kerrigan's book is limited to the soliloquy subcategory, none of these are here. Nor… Read more
A Bloody Field by Shrewsbury by Edith Pargeter
A Bloody Field by Shrewsbury by Edith Pargeter
5.0 out of 5 stars Also known as . . ., March 1 2004
As if the Edith Pargeter / Ellis Peters (her sometime pen name)confusion weren't enough, this book's hardcover version appeared under a slightly different title: The Bloody Field, by Edith Pargeter.
By any name, this is superior historical fiction: well-written, subtle, without the plodding literalness that plagues the genre. A very happy find.