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  • TYRANT : Shakespeare On Power
    TYRANT : Shakespeare On Power
    GREENBLATT STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9781847925046
    Title: TYRANT : Shakespeare On Power
    Author: GREENBLATT STEPHEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: AUGUST 2018 NEW RELEASE

    How does a truly disastrous leader – a sociopath, a demagogue, a tyrant – come to power?
    How, and why, does a tyrant hold on to power?
    And what goes on in the hidden recesses of the tyrant's soul?

    For help in understanding our most urgent contemporary dilemmas, William Shakespeare has no peer.

    As an ageing, tenacious Elizabeth I clung to power, a talented playwright probed the social and psychological roots and the twisted consequences of tyranny. What he discovered in his characters remains remarkably relevant today. With uncanny insight, he shone a spotlight on the infantile psychology and unquenchable narcissistic appetites of demagogues and imagined how they might be stopped.

    In Tyrant, Stephen Greenblatt examines the themes of power and tyranny in some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays -- from the dominating figures of Richard III, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Coriolanus to the subtle tyranny found in Measure for Measure and The Winter's Tale.

    Tyrant is a highly relevant exploration of Shakespeare’s work that sheds new light on the workings of power.

    Imprint: BODLEY HEAD
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE : HIS LIFE AND WORK
    WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE : HIS LIFE AND WORK
    HOLDEN ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9780349112404
    Title: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE : HIS LIFE AND WORK
    Author: HOLDEN ANTHONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Who was William Shakespeare? How did the 'rude groom' from Stratford grow up to be the greatest poet the world has known? Not for a generation, since the late Anthony Burgess's SHAKESPEARE (1970), has there been anything approaching a popular, mainstream biography of the greatest and most celebrated writer. Yet Shakespeare's life was as colourful, varied and dramatic as his works: the Warwickshire country boy who 'disappeared' for seven years before fetching up in London as an apprentice actor...whose fellow players could scarcely keep up with the plays he turned out for them...who rapidly became a favourite at the court of Elizabeth I...and returned to Stratford a prosperous 'gentleman', proud to realise his father's dream of a family coat of arms, before his death at 52.

    Anthony Holden brilliantly interleaves the poets own words with the known facts to breathe new life into a story never before told in such absorbing detail. 'The perfect blend of erudition and accessibility' - the Daily Telegraph's verdict on Holden's life of Tchaikovsky - applies equally to his revealing, very human portrait of Shakespeare.

    Imprint: ABACUS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WINTERS TALE  -  ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    WINTERS TALE - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436356
    Title: WINTERS TALE - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Winter's Tale is one of Shakespeare's later plays. It falls into two distinct parts which has made it difficult to classify, having been variously considered a comedy, a tragicomedy or a romance. In the first part, Leontes is thrown into a jealous rage by his suspicions of his wife Hermione and his best friend. He imprisons her and orders that her new born daughter be left to perish. The second half is a pastoral comedy about the 'lost' daughter Perdita who has been rescued by shepherds and is now in love with a young prince. The play ends with former lovers and friends reunited after the apparently miraculous resurrection of Hermione. John Pitcher's lively introduction and commentary explores the extraordinary merging of theatrical forms in the play and its success in performance. As the recent Sam Mendes production at the Old Vic shows, this is a play that can work a kind of magic in the theatre.

    Imprint: ARDEN - ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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