Springboard Shakespeare Hamlet

Springboard Shakespeare Hamlet
Author: Ben Crystal
Pages: 184
ISBN: 9781408164662
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Release: 2013-08-15
Editor: A&C Black
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Shakespearean author and actor Ben Crystal gives a unique introduction to Hamlet with guidance on what to think about before, during and after you see or study the play

Springboard Shakespeare Macbeth

Springboard Shakespeare  Macbeth
Author: Ben Crystal
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9781408164624
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Release: 2013-08-15
Editor: A&C Black
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Excellent sales of Crystal's widely-acclaimed earlier book, Shakespeare on Toast..Ideal short introduction or revision guide for A level and undergraduate students..Ben Crystal has a high profile amongst A Level students and teachers as he takes part in the Shakespeare Live programme of study days every year

Springboard Shakespeare King Lear

Springboard Shakespeare  King Lear
Author: Ben Crystal
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781408164679
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Release: 2013-08-15
Editor: A&C Black
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Shakespearean author and actor Ben Crystal gives a unique introduction to King Lear with guidance on what to think about before, during and after you see or study the play.

Springboard Shakespeare A Midsummer Night s Dream

Springboard Shakespeare  A Midsummer Night s Dream
Author: Ben Crystal
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781408164631
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Release: 2013-08-15
Editor: A&C Black
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Shakespearean author and actor Ben Crystal gives a unique introduction to A Midsummer Night's Dream with guidance on what to think about before, during and after you see or study the play.

Hamlet

Hamlet
Author: Ben Crystal
Pages: 329
ISBN: OCLC:812220466
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Release: 2013
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Shakespeare on Toast

Shakespeare on Toast
Author: Ben Crystal
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781785780318
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Release: 2015-12-24
Editor: Icon Books Ltd
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Actor, producer and director Ben Crystal revisits his acclaimed book on Shakespeare for the 400th anniversary of his death, updating and adding three new chapters. Shakespeare on Toast knocks the stuffing from the staid old myth of the Bard, revealing the man and his plays for what they really are: modern, thrilling, uplifting drama. The bright words and colourful characters of the greatest hack writer are brought brilliantly to life, sweeping cobwebs from the Bard – his language, his life, his world, his sounds, his craft. Crystal reveals man and work as relevant, accessible and alive – and, astonishingly, finds Shakespeare’s own voice amid the poetry. Whether you’re studying Shakespeare for the first time or you’ve never set foot near one of his plays but have always wanted to, this book smashes down the walls that have been built up around this untouchable literary figure. Told in five fascinating Acts, this is quick, easy and good for you. Just like beans on toast.

You Say Potato

You Say Potato
Author: Ben Crystal,David Crystal
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781447276661
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Release: 2014-10-09
Editor: Pan Macmillan
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Some people say scohn, while others say schown. He says bath, while she says bahth. You say potayto. I say potahto And- -wait a second, no one says potahto. No one's ever said potahto. Have they? From reconstructing Shakespeare's accent to the rise and fall of Received Pronunciation, actor Ben Crystal and his linguist father David travel the world in search of the stories of spoken English. Everyone has an accent, though many of us think we don't. We all have our likes and dislikes about the way other people speak, and everyone has something to say about 'correct' pronunciation. But how did all these accents come about, and why do people feel so strongly about them? Are regional accents dying out as English becomes a global language? And most importantly of all: what went wrong in Birmingham? Witty, authoritative and jam-packed full of fascinating facts, You Say Potato is a celebration of the myriad ways in which the English language is spoken - and how our accents, in so many ways, speak louder than words.

Modern Shakespeare Offshoots

Modern Shakespeare Offshoots
Author: Ruby Cohn
Pages: 440
ISBN: 9781400867820
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Release: 2015-03-08
Editor: Princeton University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Shakespeare's plays have never had a larger audience than they do in our time. This wide viewing is complemented by modern scholarship, which has verified and elucidated the plays' texts. Nevertheless, Shakespeare's plays continue to be revised. In order to find out how and why he has been rewritten, Ruby Cohn examines modern dramatic offshoots in English, French, and German. Surveying drama intended for the serious theater, the author discusses modern versions of Shakespeare's plays, especially Macbeth, Hamlet, King Lear, and The Tempest. Although the focus is always on drama, contrast is supplied by fiction stemming from Hamlet and essays inspired by King Lear. The book concludes with an assessment of the influence of Shakespeare on the creative work of Shaw, Brecht, and Beckett. Originally published in 1976. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Death By Shakespeare

Death By Shakespeare
Author: Kathryn Harkup
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781472958242
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Release: 2020-03-05
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

William Shakespeare found dozens of different ways to kill off his characters, and audiences today still enjoy the same reactions – shock, sadness, fear – that they did more than 400 years ago when these plays were first performed. But how realistic are these deaths, and did Shakespeare have the knowledge to back them up? In the Bard's day death was a part of everyday life. Plague, pestilence and public executions were a common occurrence, and the chances of seeing a dead or dying body on the way home from the theatre were high. It was also a time of important scientific progress. Shakespeare kept pace with anatomical and medical advances, and he included the latest scientific discoveries in his work, from blood circulation to treatments for syphilis. He certainly didn't shy away from portraying the reality of death on stage, from the brutal to the mundane, and the spectacular to the silly. Elizabethan London provides the backdrop for Death by Shakespeare, as Kathryn Harkup turns her discerning scientific eye to the Bard and the varied and creative ways his characters die. Was death by snakebite as serene as Shakespeare makes out? Could lack of sleep have killed Lady Macbeth? Can you really murder someone by pouring poison in their ear? Kathryn investigates what actual events may have inspired Shakespeare, what the accepted scientific knowledge of the time was, and how Elizabethan audiences would have responded to these death scenes. Death by Shakespeare will tell you all this and more in a rollercoaster of Elizabethan carnage, poison, swordplay and bloodshed, with an occasional death by bear-mauling for good measure.

Creative Shakespeare

Creative Shakespeare
Author: Fiona Banks
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781408156858
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Release: 2013-12-16
Editor: A&C Black
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This unique book desribes the ways in which educational practitioners at Shakespeare's Globe theatre bring Shakespeare to life for students of all ages.The Globe approach is always active and inclusive - each student finds their own way into Shakespeare - focussing on speaking, moving and performing rather than reading. Drawing on her rich and varied experience as a teacher, Fiona Banks offers a range of examples and practical ideas teachers can take and adapt for their own lessons. The result is a stimulating and inspiring book for teachers of drama and English keen to enliven and enrich their students' experience of Shakespeare.

Springboard

Springboard
Author: G. Richard Shell
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781101601464
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Release: 2013-08-15
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Everyone knows that you are supposed to “follow your dream.” But where is the road map to help you discover what that dream is? You have just found it. In Springboard, award-winning author and teacher G. Richard Shell helps you find your future. His advice: Take an honest look inside and then answer two questions: What, for me, is success? How will I achieve it? You will begin by assessing your current beliefs about success, including the hidden influences of family, media, and culture. These are where the pressures to live “someone else’s life” come from. Once you gain perspective on these outside forces, you will be ready to look inside at your unique combination of passions and capabilities. The goal: to focus more on what gives meaning and excitement to your life and less on what you are “supposed” to want. Drawing on his decades of research, Shell offers personalized assessments to help you probe your past, imagine your future, and measure your strengths. He then combines these with the latest scientific insights on everything from self-confidence and happiness to relationships and careers. Throughout, he shares inspiring examples of people who found what they were meant to do by embracing their own true measure of success. Eric Adler: one of Shell’s former students who walked away from a conventional business career to help launch a revolutionary new concept in public education that has placed hundreds of inner-city high school students in top colleges. Kurt Timken: a Harvard-educated son of a Fortune 500 CEO who found his true calling as a hard-charging police officer fighting drug lords in southern California. Cynthia Stafford: an office worker who became one of her community’s leading promoters of theater and the arts. Get ready for the journey of a lifetime—one that will help you reevaluate your future and envision success on your own terms. Students and executives say that Richard Shell’s courses have changed their lives. Let this book change yours.

Sex with Shakespeare

Sex with Shakespeare
Author: Jillian Keenan
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780062378736
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Release: 2016-04-26
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A provocative, moving, kinky, and often absurdly funny memoir about Shakespeare, love, obsession, and spanking When it came to understanding love, a teenage Jillian Keenan had nothing to guide her—until a production of The Tempest sent Shakespeare’s language flowing through her blood for the first time. In Sex with Shakespeare, she tells the story of how the Bard’s plays helped her embrace her unusual sexual identity and find a love story of her own. Four hundred years after Shakespeare’s death, Keenan’s smart and passionate memoir brings new life to his work. With fourteen of his plays as a springboard, she explores the many facets of love and sexuality—from desire and communication to fetish and fantasy. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Keenan unmasks Helena as a sexual masochist—like Jillian herself. In Macbeth, she examines criminalized sexual identities and the dark side of “privacy.” The Taming of the Shrew goes inside the secret world of bondage, domination, and sadomasochism, while King Lear exposes the ill-fated king as a possible sexual predator. Moving through the canon, Keenan makes it abundantly clear that literature is a conversation. In Sex with Shakespeare, words are love. As Keenan wanders the world in search of connection, from desert dictatorships to urban islands to disputed territories, Shakespeare goes with her —and provokes complex, surprising, and wildly important conversations about sexuality, consent, and the secrets that simmer beneath our surfaces.

Sorry I m British

Sorry  I m British
Author: Ben Crystal,Adam Russ
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781780740409
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Release: 2010-10-01
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An original and funny take on what it is to be British The A to Z guide to your own laughable behaviour Explore the oddities of the British psyche with this informative and witty illustrated guide. From small-talk to superiority, from cricket to condiments, and curry to class, when wandering lonely through the clouds of British behaviour this is the perfect companion. Discover the fate of a pitbull named ASBO, find out why we get bank holidays when we do, and learn why it's better to drive on the left. With 40 hilarious illustrations from acclaimed cartoonist Ed McLachlan, this is the perfect book for a nation that loves to laugh at itself.

Four Great Tragedies

Four Great Tragedies
Author: William Shakespeare
Pages: 441
ISBN: 0671601059
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Release: 1985-02
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This edition of four of Shakespeare's great tragedies is designed for the enjoyment of the modern reader. This complete "Cambridge Text" of each play is clear and understandable. The story of each play is summed up briefly by J. Walker McSpadden. A glossary at the end of the book explains all unusual words and terms. The casts of characters are illustrated by Louis Glanzman.

The Women of Shakespeare s Plays

The Women of Shakespeare s Plays
Author: Courtni Crump Wright
Pages: 192
ISBN: 0819188263
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Release: 1993
Editor: University Press of America
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This book analyzes, through easy-to-follow play synopses, the strengths and weaknesses of the female protagonists as they impact not only the plot of Shakespeare's plays but the male protagonist. Selected, condensed one-act versions of the plays are provided in order to enrich the discussion of the play, to stimulate in reading the play in its entirety, and to provide a springboard for group discussion of the play and the impact of the women. Contents: William Shakespeare: His Art, Life and Times; The Women of Shakespeare's Plays: An Overview; The Comedy of Errors; Hamlet, Prince of Denmark; The Merry Wives of Windsor; Julius Caesar; A Midsummer Night's Dream; Macbeth; Much Ado About Nothing; Othello the Moor of Venice; The Taming of the Shrew; Antony and Cleopatra; Twelfth Night or What You Will; Romeo and Juliet; The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Bibliography.

The Shakespeare Miscellany

The Shakespeare Miscellany
Author: Ben Crystal,David Crystal
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780141928111
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Release: 2005-09-29
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This compilation, in the tradition of the Victorian miscellany, gathers together essential facts and fascinating insights into the plays and poems, the man behind them (insofar as this is known), and the context in which he worked. Put together by an actor and a linguist - the pair who brought you 'Shakespeare's Words' (25000 copies sold to date) - it will be quirky, illuminating and endlessly interesting. Topics covered include lost plays, what he would have studied at school, Shakespeare's pronunciation, why the Globe burned down and the difference between a Folio and a Quarto.

Hag Seed

Hag Seed
Author: Margaret Atwood
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780345809285
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Release: 2016-10-11
Editor: Knopf Canada
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Our greatest literary innovator and beloved novelist has reimagined Shakespeare's final, great play of magic and illusion. Entertaining, gripping, emotionally rich and wise, Hag-Seed is an homage to a master, positioned for the fall celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death. "It's got a thunderstorm in it. And revenge. Definitely revenge." Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he's staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds. Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And brewing revenge. After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his motley crew of inmate actors will put on his Tempest, and snare the traitors who destroyed him. But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall? Margaret Atwood's novel take on Shakespeare's play of enchantment, revenge and second chances leads us on an illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of its own.

CliffsComplete Twelfth Night

CliffsComplete Twelfth Night
Author: William Shakespeare
Pages: 218
ISBN: 9780544179295
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Release: 2009-09-28
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In the CliffsComplete guides, the play's complete text and a glossary appear side-by-side with coordinating numbered lines to help you understand unusual words and phrasing. You'll also find all the commentary and resources of a standard CliffsNotes for Literature. CliffsComplete Twelfth Night involves several separate groups of characters whose stories are flawlessly woven together to produce one of Shakespeare's lightest, most popular, and most musical comedies — full of intricate plots and subplots and witty banter that only Shakespeare could write. Discover what happens to these memorable characters, who ends up with whom — and save valuable studying time — all at once. Enhance your reading of Twelfth Night with these additional features: A summary and insightful commentary for each act Bibliography and historical background on the author, William Shakespeare A look at the historical context and structure of the play Discussions on the plays symbols and themes A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters Review questions, a quiz, discussion topics (essay questions), activity ideas A Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites Streamline your literature study with all-in-one help from CliffsComplete guides!

Shakespeare s Hamlet for Kids

Shakespeare s Hamlet for Kids
Author: Brendan P Kelso
Pages: 82
ISBN: 0998137618
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Release: 2010-09-20
Editor: Playing with Plays
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Hamlet like you have never read it before: fun and easy to understand. Melodramatically designed for 6-20+ actors, kids of all ages, or anyone who wants to enjoy and loosely understand Shakespeare's play. Kids will love the melodramatic deaths, fight scenes, and hilarious dialog! Guaranteed to have you and your kids coming back for more!

Stay Illusion

Stay  Illusion
Author: Simon Critchley,Jamieson Webster
Pages: 269
ISBN: 9780307950482
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Release: 2014-04-22
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The figure of Hamlet haunts our culture like the Ghost haunts him. Arguably, no literary work, not even the Bible, is more familiar to us than Shakespeare's Hamlet. Everyone knows at least six words from the play; often people know many more. Yet the play—Shakespeare's longest—is more than “passing strange” and becomes deeply unfamiliar when considered closely. Reading Hamlet alongside other writers, philosophers, and psychoanalysts—Carl Schmitt, Walter Benjamin, Freud, Lacan, Nietzsche, Melville, and Joyce—Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster consider the political context and stakes of Shakespeare's play, its relation to religion, the movement of desire, and the incapacity to love.