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The Age of Shakespeare Paperback – October 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Series: Discoveries (Harry Abrams)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Reprint edition (October 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810928906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810928909
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,244,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard R on August 23, 2001
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This is a great little book. Reading it won't give you a master's degree in Shakespearean studies, but it will give you a quick and interesting overview of many different subjects. The chapters are brief and topical: a discussion of Shakespeare's origins in Stratford, life and politics in Elizabethan England and London's theatres offer a fascinating glimpse into Shakespeare's world and works. The second section of the book, "Documents", looks at some of the primary sources for our understanding of Shakespeare, both documents from Shakespeare's life (a contract, his will, the First Folio), but also writings by those who saw the original plays, discussions of theatrical productions through the ages, and criticism by centuries of academics from John Dryden's 17th century analysis to modern feminist approaches.
The Age of Shakespeare is the perfect weekend read for those who want a bit of context about the plays and their origins. It is informative without being heavy. The dozens of color plates and illustrations are gorgeous, and the writing is intelligent and clear. A wonderful sampler
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 1999
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The book, The Age of Shakespeare, takes my breath away! The many color prints and illustrations add beauty to a informative book. This is a well thought out book about Shakespeare and his times. I really enjoy reading it.
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Easy to read (it's a quick history), and the picures in this book are colorful and plentiful. Learn in an afternoon all about this famous playwrite!
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i love this series of books, most have been biographies of famous artists and statesmen, and a few actors and writers...like this one. William Shakespeare, i had a class in high school reading his plays, now i don't read plays at all anymore. still he wrote (or so we think) the best ones in the English language. this book is also about his times and customs of the day and age in which he wrote. i love history and this is a great way to learn it, so far every one of the books in this series is so full of artwork and information and so easy to read and understand that i think that if i have a fire in my room...i would want to save these 40 books of the Discoveries series just so i can understand history and rebuild. i really recommend every one of these books.
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