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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; New edition edition (December 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764120867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764120862
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a merchant of some standing in his community. William probably went to the King's New School in Stratford, but he had no university education. In November 1582, at the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior, who was pregnant with their first child, Susanna. She was born on May 26, 1583. Twins, a boy, Hamnet ( who would die at age eleven), and a girl, Judith, were born in 1585. By 1592 Shakespeare had gone to London working as an actor and already known as a playwright. A rival dramatist, Robert Greene, referred to him as "an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers." Shakespeare became a principal shareholder and playwright of the successful acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain's Men (later under James I, called the King's Men). In 1599 the Lord Chamberlain's Men built and occupied the Globe Theater in Southwark near the Thames River. Here many of Shakespeare's plays were performed by the most famous actors of his time, including Richard Burbage, Will Kempe, and Robert Armin. In addition to his 37 plays, Shakespeare had a hand in others, including Sir Thomas More and The Two Noble Kinsmen, and he wrote poems, including Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. His 154 sonnets were published, probably without his authorization, in 1609. In 1611 or 1612 he gave up his lodgings in London and devoted more and more time to retirement in Stratford, though he continued writing such plays as The Tempest and Henry VII until about 1613. He died on April 23 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. No collected edition of his plays was published during his life-time, but in 1623 two members of his acting company, John Heminges and Henry Condell, put together the great collection now called the First Folio.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2004
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this is an amazing guide. i started reading this in class, when one of my friends got this book. she recommended it to me, and i got it. i understood all of the famous lines, and all the different things the characters said from this book!
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By jarutha on April 25, 2014
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I have used this in the classroom with students who reading/comprehension skills are not equal to their 10/11 the grade peers. This is a GREAT book
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By Happy on February 11, 2014
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The old and new language side by side. Easier to read and understand! Excellent for anyone exploring Shakespeare. Perfect tool for teaching!
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By WWJAD on January 25, 2014
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I teach Macbeth and like this side-by-side format of the Shakespearian text and modern translation. The translation is modernized but by no means dummied down. Works for me...
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