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Shakespeare After All by Marjorie Garber
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Shakespeare After All (2005)

by Marjorie Garber

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This book represents 30 years of teaching the Bard by a Harvard professor of English. All of the plays have a chapter devoted to them, including introductions to their content, original production, etc. My only complaint about this large book is that it isn't larger: she doesn't deal with the sonnets. Oh well, we can't have everything.

There are many, many commentaries on Shakespeare. This is one of the best, in my opinion. Far superior to Bloom's attempt. ( )
  KirkLowery | Apr 20, 2016 |
Finally finished the book. 906 pages, not counting footnotes and index. It has an essay on each Shakespeare play. Some are longer than others. It just depends on the play. She does a good job of relating the underlying circumstances, such as political issues going on at the time, as well as Bible or other references, to get a better understanding of the play. All in all, a good introduction to Shakespeare. ( )
  jmcgarry2011 | May 9, 2014 |
Wonderful historical, social, and technical commentary on Shakespeare's plays. Great for supplementing for educational purposes, or for the casual reader to get the most out of the Bard's plays. ( )
  MissWoodhouse1816 | Jan 7, 2010 |
A play by play treatment of Shakespeare's drama. An intelligent commentary for the general reader, not academic though the author is an academic who has taught Shakespeare for years. The kind of book a reader might keep in her library, and pull down for the appropriate chapter just before or after seeing a Shakespeare production.
  Capybara_99 | Sep 2, 2009 |
Hands down, the best book on Shakespeare's plays I've ever read. Profound and concise, witty and easy to read, this is a book you can curl up with for fun or use to write any paper or understand a play. Her essays on Hamlet and Twelfth Night are especially intriguing. ( )
  Ani_Na | Apr 24, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385722141, Paperback)

A brilliant and companionable tour through all thirty-eight plays, Shakespeare After All is the perfect introduction to the bard by one of the country’s foremost authorities on his life and work. Drawing on her hugely popular lecture courses at Yale and Harvard over the past thirty years, Marjorie Garber offers passionate and revealing readings of the plays in chronological sequence, from The Two Gentlemen of Verona to The Two Noble Kinsmen. Supremely readable and engaging, and complete with a comprehensive introduction to Shakespeare’s life and times and an extensive bibliography, this magisterial work is an ever-replenishing fount of insight on the most celebrated writer of all time.

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Here are fresh meditations on plays we have come to know and love, such as Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, and The Tempest, as well as others not often read or produced: Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, and 3; The Merry Wives of Windsor; King John; Timon of Athens; Pericles; and Cymbeline. The author affords us a rare chance to trace Shakespeare's stylistic development as a writer of verse and prose, an artful designer of dramatic scenarios and revelations, a masterly sketcher of woman and man, and a keen observer of society high and low. Complete with a comprehensive introduction to Shakespeare's life and times and an extensive bibliography, this book enlarges our understanding of the most celebrated writer of all time.… (more)

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