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  • FALSTAFF : Give Me Life
    FALSTAFF : Give Me Life
    BLOOM HAROLD
    ISBN: 9781501164132
    Title: FALSTAFF : Give Me Life
    Author: BLOOM HAROLD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2018 NEW RELEASE

    From Harold Bloom, one of the greatest Shakespeare scholars of our time comes “a timely reminder of the power and possibility of words [and] the last love letter to the shaping spirit of Bloom’s imagination” (front page, The New York Times Book Review) and an intimate, wise, deeply compelling portrait of Falstaff—Shakespeare’s greatest enduring and complex comedic characters.

    Falstaff is both a comic and tragic central protagonist in Shakespeare’s three Henry plays: Henry IV, Parts One and Two, and Henry V. He is companion to Prince Hal (the future Henry V), who loves him, goads, him, teases him, indulges his vast appetites, and commits all sorts of mischief with him—some innocent, some cruel. Falstaff can be lewd, funny, careless of others, a bad creditor, an unreliable friend, and in the end, devastatingly reckless in his presumption of loyalty from the new King.

    Award-winning author and esteemed professor Harold Bloom writes about Falstaff with the deepest compassion and sympathy and also with unerring wisdom. He uses the relationship between Falstaff and Hal to explore the devastation of severed bonds and the heartbreak of betrayal. Just as we encounter one type of Anna Karenina or Jay Gatsby when we are young adults and another when we are middle-aged, Bloom writes about his own shifting understanding of Falstaff over the course of his lifetime. Ultimately we come away with a deeper appreciation of this profoundly complex character, and this “poignant work” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) as a whole becomes an extraordinarily moving argument for literature as a path to and a measure of our humanity.

    Bloom is mesmerizing in the classroom, wrestling with the often tragic choices Shakespeare’s characters make. “In this first of five books about Shakespearean personalities, Bloom brings erudition and boundless enthusiasm” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) and his exhilarating Falstaff invites us to look at a character as a flawed human who might live in our world.

    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • FINDING SHAKESPEARES NEW PLACE : An Archaeological Biography
    FINDING SHAKESPEARES NEW PLACE : An Archaeological Biography
    COLLS KEVIN
    ISBN: 9781526106490
    Title: FINDING SHAKESPEARES NEW PLACE : An Archaeological Biography
    Author: COLLS KEVIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Unique report on the major archaeological dig at Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon home and the implications for the Shakespearian biography.

    This ground-breaking book provides an abundance of fresh insights into Shakespeare's life in relation to his lost family home, New Place. The findings of a major archaeological excavation encourage us to think again about what New Place meant to Shakespeare and, in so doing, challenge some of the long-held assumptions of Shakespearian biography. New Place was the largest house in the borough and the only one with a courtyard. Shakespeare was only ever an intermittent lodger in London. His impressive home gave Shakespeare significant social status and was crucial to his relationship with Stratford-upon-Avon.

    Archaeology helps to inform biography in this innovative and refreshing study which presents an overview of the site from prehistoric times through to a richly nuanced reconstruction of New Place when Shakespeare and his family lived there, and beyond. This attractively illustrated book is for anyone with a passion for archaeology or Shakespeare.

    Imprint: MANCHESTER U/P
    RRP: $41.99

    Price: $41.99
  • GENIUS OF SHAKESPEARE
    GENIUS OF SHAKESPEARE
    BATE JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9781509822546
    Title: GENIUS OF SHAKESPEARE
    Author: BATE JONATHAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • HAMLET - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    HAMLET - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781472518385
    Title: HAMLET - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This Arden edition of Hamlet, arguably Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, presents an authoritative, modernized text based on the Second Quarto text with a new introductory essay covering key productions and criticism in the decade since its first publication. A timely up-date in the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare's death which will ensure the Arden edition continues to offer students a comprehensive and current critical account of the play, alongside the most reliable and fully-annotated text available.

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • HAMLET - GLOBE TO GLOBE : Taking Shakespeare to Every Country in the World
    HAMLET - GLOBE TO GLOBE : Taking Shakespeare to Every Country in the World
    DROMGOOLE DOMINIC
    ISBN: 9781782116929
    Title: HAMLET - GLOBE TO GLOBE : Taking Shakespeare to Every Country in the World
    Author: DROMGOOLE DOMINIC
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Hamlet Globe to Globe takes readers across all seven continents on a fascinating journey into the world of Shakespeare, Hamlet and the stage. From Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of The Globe Theatre

    Over two full years, Dromgoole, the Artistic Director of the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and the Globe players toured all seven continents, and almost 200 countries, performing the Bard's most famous play. They set their stage in sprawling refugee camps, grand Baltic palaces and heaving marketplaces - despite food poisoning in Mexico, an Ebola epidemic in West Africa and political upheaval in Ukraine.

    Hamlet: Globe to Globe tells the story of this unprecedented theatrical adventure, in which Dromgoole shows us the world through the prism of Shakespeare's universal drama, and asks how a 400-year-old tragedy can bring the world closer together.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • HAMLET - PELICAN SHAKESPEARE
    HAMLET - PELICAN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780143128540
    Title: HAMLET - PELICAN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2016 NEW RELEASE

    The legendary Pelican Shakespeare series features authoritative and meticulously researched texts paired with scholarship by renowned Shakespeareans. Each book includes an essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare's time, an introduction to the individual play, and a detailed note on the text used. Updated by general editors Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller, these easy-to-read editions incorporate over thirty years of Shakespeare scholarship undertaken since the original series, edited by Alfred Harbage, appeared between 1956 and 1967. With stunning new covers, definitive texts, and illuminating essays, the Pelican Shakespeare will remain a valued resource for students, teachers, and theater professionals for many years to come.

    This edition of Hamlet is edited with an introduction by series editor A. R. Braunmuller.

    For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.



    Imprint: PELICAN
    RRP: $12.99
    Price: $12.99
  • JULIUS CAESAR - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    JULIUS CAESAR - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436219
    Title: JULIUS CAESAR - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This edition of one of Shakespeare's best known and most frequently performed plays argues for Julius Caesar as a new kind of political play, a radical departure from contemporary practice, combining fast action and immediacy with compelling rhetorical language, and finding a clear context for its study of tyranny in the last decade of the reign of Elizabeth 1.

    The richly experimental verse and the complex structure of the play are analysed in depth, and a strong case is made for this to be the first play to be performed at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • KING HENRY IV PART I / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    KING HENRY IV PART I / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781904271352
    Title: KING HENRY IV PART I / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    David Scott Kastan lucidly explores the remarkable richness and the ambitious design of King Henry IV Part 1 and shows how these complicate any easy sense of what kind of play it is. Conventionally regarded as a history play, much of it is in fact conspicuously invented fiction. Kastan argues that the non-historical comic plot does not simply parody the historical action but raises questions about the very nature of history. The full and engaging introduction devotes extensive discussion to the play's language, showing how its economic vocabulary provides texture for the social concerns of the play and focuses attention on the central relationship between value and political authority.

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • KING HENRY IV PART II   /   ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    KING HENRY IV PART II / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781904271062
    Title: KING HENRY IV PART II / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Arden Shakespeare is the established edition of Shakespeare's work. Justly celebrated for its authoritative scholarship and invaluable commentary, Arden guides you a richer understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare's plays.This edition of King Henry IV Part II provides, a clear and authoritative text, detailed notes and commentary on the same page as the text, a full introduction discussing the critical and historical background to the play and appendices presenting sources and relevant extracts.

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • KING HENRY V   -   ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    KING HENRY V - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781904271086
    Title: KING HENRY V - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Distinguished editor T.W. Craik makes an independent and balanced examination of the many textual problems of Henry V, providing many new emendations.

    "Craik's commentary is particularly ample and detailed, with careful attention to the play's language, textual problems, the interpretation of stage directions, and Shakespeare's handling of source materials...he builds up a distinct though traditionalist reading which, critically sympathetic and undogmatic, finds the play at once simple and subtle." John Jowett, Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare Survey, 1997

    'With the exceptionally thorough Arden notes, and the extensive editorial coverage, including recent stage history, this Henry V is the one to have.'Times Higher Education Supplement'

    Craik's commentary is exemplary in its thorough treatment of critical concerns, glossaries and explanations, theatrical matters, and source material.'Barry Gaines, University of New Mexico, Shakespeare Quarterly

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • KING HENRY VI PART I
    KING HENRY VI PART I
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436431
    Title: KING HENRY VI PART I
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: PRINT ON DEMAND



    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • KING HENRY VI PART II - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    KING HENRY VI PART II - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436639
    Title: KING HENRY VI PART II - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This edition celebrates King Henry VI Part 2 as one of the most exciting and dynamic plays of the English renaissance theatre, with its exploration of power politics and social revolution and its focus on the relationship between divine justice and sin. An extensive discussion of performance history traces the play's progress on stage from abridgement and adaptation to full historical epic. A survey of criticism discusses the wide range of responses provoked by the play's handling of its historical theme, and concludes by focusing on the element of burlesque in the attempted social revolution portrayed.

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • KING HENRY VI PART III  /  ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    KING HENRY VI PART III / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436318
    Title: KING HENRY VI PART III / ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In their lively and engaging edition of this sometimes neglected early play, Cox and Rasmussen make a strong claim for it as a remarkable work, revealing a confidence and sureness that few earlier plays can rival. They show how the young Shakespeare, working closely from his chronicle sources, nevertheless shaped his complex material freely to make it both theatrically effective and poetically innovative. The resulting work creates, in Queen Margaret, one of Shakespeare's strongest female roles and is the source of the popular view of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick as 'kingmaker'. Focusing on the history of the play both in terms of performance and criticism, the editors open it to a wide and challenging variety of interpretative and editorial paradigms.

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • KING HENRY VIII - ARDEN SHAKEPEARE
    KING HENRY VIII - ARDEN SHAKEPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436257
    Title: KING HENRY VIII - ARDEN SHAKEPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    King Henry VIII has one of the fullest theatrical histories of any play in the Shakespeare canon, yet has been consistently misrepresented, both in performance and in criticism. This edition offers a new perspective on this ironic, multi-layered, collaborative play, revealing it as a complex meditation on the progress of Reformation which sees English life since Henry VIII's day as a series of bewildering changes in national and personal allegiance and represents 'history' as the product of varied and contradictory testimony. McMullan makes a powerful claim for the rehabilitation of Henry VIII, providing the fullest performance history of any edition to date and reading the work not as a marginal 'late' Shakespeare play but as a play which is paradigmatic of the achievement of Renaissance drama as a whole.'This is a staggeringly brilliant, captivating edition that will undoubtedly occasion a huge surge of critical interest in this neglected play. For those of use who have never taken Henry VIII very seriously ' perhaps dismissing it as a late collaborative play of no consequence or as conservative propaganda ' McMullan's introduction is genuinely revelatory.' Eric Rasmussen, University of Nevada at Reno, Shakespeare Survey

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • KING LEAR - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    KING LEAR - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436592
    Title: KING LEAR - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'By far the best edition of King Lear - in respect of both textual and other matters - that we now have.'John Lyon, English Language Notes'This volume is a treasure-trove of precise information and stimulating comments on practically every aspect of the Lear-universe. I know of no other edition which I would recommend with such confidence: to students, professional colleagues and also the 'educated public'.'Dieter Mehl, Shakespeare Jahrbuch,

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • KING RICHARD II - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    KING RICHARD II - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436332
    Title: KING RICHARD II - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This richly annotated edition takes a fresh look at the first part of Shakespeare's second tetralogy of history plays, showing how it relates to the other plays in the sequence. Forker places the play in its political context, discussing its relation to competing theories of monarchy, looking at how it faced censorship because of possible comparisons between Richard II and Elizabeth I, and how Bolingbroke's rebellion could be compared to the Essex rising of the time. This edition also reconsiders Shakespeare's use of sources, asking why he chose to emphasise one approach over another. Forker also looks at the play's rich afterlife, and the many interpretations that actors and directors have taken. Finally, the edition looks closely at the aesthetic relationship between language, character, structure and political import.

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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