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Will and Me: How Shakespeare Took Over My…

Will and Me: How Shakespeare Took Over My Life

by Dominic Dromgoole

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i dont care for memoirs, much. but this one is first rate. the walking trip from stratford to london never failed to keep my interest. he is filled with a humorous-sadness, and unlike antonio(of Merch. Venice), he understands why. ( )
  Porius | Oct 8, 2008 |
Brilliantly funny and clever, a Must for all Shakespeare lovers!
  27drosophila | Jun 19, 2008 |
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Beyond the heroes, there are a host of other muddied archetypes that correspond to people who walk through every life. There are the long line of Puritans, the negative forces, the nay-sayers to cakes and ale. Malvolio from Twelfth Night, the man more in need of a blow job than any character in literature. (p. 91)
The separate, individual, aliveness of each of his characters, from Hamlet to Barnardine, from Cleopatra to Pistol, is one of the most particular achievements of his work. It is one of the foundation stones of our internal and external democracy. Shakespeare could grow all these people inside himself, he pulled them out and carved them into minutely detailed puppets, then his creative magic was generous enough to set them free on the stage as real humans, independent of their creator. With such a shining example of rich and creative complexity before us, how can we not attempt to be as human? (p. 155)
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"Shakespeare has always been part of Dominic Dromgoole's life. From school plays to adolescent angst, from his love of Stratford to his experiences as a director, the shadowy figure of the Bard has always been there." "Here he recounts the story of his life through Shakespeare, and in turn shows us what Shakespeare can tell us about the world. In this free-wheeling and passionate exploration of Shakespeare the artist, the man, the playwright, the hack and the genius, Dominic Dromgoole explores why it is that he can enter our lives with such force and teach us so much about living. An enigmatic man, whose own life is a source of constant speculation, the figure of Shakespeare is one of almost unimaginable affection and importance for many people who find in his plays real meaning and real life."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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