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As You Like It (Shakespeare Made Easy) Paperback – September 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0764142727 ISBN-10: 0764142720 Edition: 1 Original

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Product Details

  • Series: Shakespeare Made Easy
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 1 Original edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764142720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764142727
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,874 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Hance on June 24, 2011
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I've used books from this series before. But I've used them as printed books, in which the original text and modern English text was placed on facing pages. Somehow I thought it would work the same way in the Kindle edition. It doesn't. In this Kindle edition, the printed book's page breaks are not maintained, so all the text simply flows to fit the device display upon which you're viewing it. You can't look at the original text and the modern "translation" side-by-side (which is the primary point of this book), nor can you read through an original text scene then proceed to that same scene in modern English text (which might have been a poor substitute for the original side-by-side intention). And you can't read through the entire play in either original text or modern translation. All the text simply flows, with sections of original text followed by sections of translated text in what feels like a random pattern (but I suspect the original printed book's page breaks may have been maintained, but not indicated, in the Kindle edition). The result is a book that is neither readable nor useful. Someone should have looked at it before offering it for sale. It is an embarrassment to the publisher and the reseller (Amazon). Very discouraging.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J.F. Barth on July 10, 2011
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Discouraging. The Kindle edition is useless. It is not readable. The side-by-side display of the paperback edition is not maintained in the Kindle edition. In my Kindle, the original text and the modern translation flow at random. There is no indication to distinguish them. I could not even read a complete scene in either version. It is a shame.
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These books are wonderful for students, teachers, actors or anyone who wants to enjoy Shakespeare and have immediate understanding of any confusing text.
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By MVCC stud on July 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book was VERY helpful!
I took Com 102 with Mrs. Holste and got an A in her class.
Now, I have a 4.0 GPA & on the President's List.
By renting this book it helped me understand the 'vernacular' in Shakespeare's plays.

I recommend this book to ANYBODY / EVERYBODY that is taking Com 102 at Moraine Valley Community College!
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