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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Shakespeare's Plays (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)) Paperback – April 1, 2008
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More About the Author
For nine years, she taught Shakespeare's plays and sonnets in her British literature course at Wharton County Junior College. Her arts features, reports, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Playbill, San Francisco Chronicle, Andante, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, San Antonio Express-News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Houston Press, and PlayShakespeare.com. She served as the Houston Press classical arts reviewer from 1998-2002.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Shakespeare's Plays was nominated for a Falstaff Award for Best Book (2008) by the editors of PlayShakespeare.com. Cynthia writes about contemporary theatre, books, and stagecraft, as well as early modern English literature.
Top Customer Reviews
Cynthia Greenwood upends Shakespeare as a chore for school days, turning it into the thrilling theater it truly was...and is.
To Read or Not to Read Shakespeare---Greenwood advises not reading. It's a play. Go see it. Reading Shakespeare is liking reading the lyrics of the collected work of the Beatles. Hearing it is the thing.
What should be read is Greenwood's wonderful book. With sprightly writing that is downright fun to read, she puts Shakespearean theater in accurate historic context. Namely, a bunch of street people standing around watching a bawdy play for the laughs and the passion. Pretty much Desperate Housewives without the flat screen TV, popcorn, and couch.
If you are one of those odd people so determined never to see a Shakespearean play, let alone read one, that you read reviews such as this to shore up your defenses....sorry. Read Greenwood, fall in love with Shakespeare, and proceedeth thou to the play. It is, after all, the thing.
Once I did that things started to click and it became good fun ... to the point that I couldn't go to sleep until finishing the guide. I have only the explanations of the individual plays left to read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A much needed addition to my education - somehow I didn't get to Shakespeare in 19 years of school..... Read morePublished 17 months ago by anb
This is a great book to learn about some of Shakespeare's plays, their histories, characters, and story lines. Read morePublished on October 13, 2013 by Anonymous
Great book it was very helpful as you all may know that Shakespeare can be challenging. Everything is explained and it helps to make reading these plays enjoyable.Published on August 31, 2013 by Ernestine Whitehead