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Shakespeare After All Paperback – September 20, 2005
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“The indispensable introduction to the indispensable writer. . . . Garber’s is the most exhilarating seminar room you’ll ever enter.” –Newsweek
“The best one-volume critical guide to the plays. . . . Stimulating and informative.” –San Jose Mercury News
“An enraptured ceremony of adoration. . . . Ambitious and thorough. . . . This is a useful book [and] a source of elucidation.” –Newsday
“[Garber’s] introduction is an exemplary account of what is known about Shakespeare and how his work has been read and regarded through the centuries, while the individual essays display scrupulous and subtle close reading.” –The New Yorker
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In Shakespeare After All, Marjorie Garber--professor of English and director of the Humanities Center at Harvard University--gives us a magisterial work of criticism, authoritative and engaging, based on her hugely popular lecture courses at Yale and Harvard over the past thirty years. Richly informed by Shakespearean scholarship of the latter half of the twentieth century, this book offers passionate and revealing readings of all thirty-eight of Shakespeare's plays, in chronological sequence, from The Two Gentlemen of Verona to The Two Noble Kinsmen. With erudition lightly carried, Garber illumines the overarching patterns and lush details of the plays, closely attentive to what matters most in Shakespeare: language, theme, plot, and character.
Here are fresh meditations on plays we have come to know and love, such as Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth,
Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, and The Tempest, and fruitful engagements with others not often read or produced--Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, and 3; The Merry Wives of Windsor; King John; Timon of Athens; Pericles; and Cymbeline. Garber affords us a rare chance to trace Shakespeare's stylistic development as a writer of verse and prose, an artful designer of dramatic scenarios and revelations, a masterly sketcher of woman and man, and a keen observer of society high and low.
Complete with a comprehensive introduction to Shakespeare's life and times and an extensive bibliography, Shakespeare After All is a landmark work that enlarges our understanding of the most celebrated writer of all time.
"From the Hardcover edition.
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Earlier reviews of this book say there is no table of contents on the kindle version. There is; it is simply hard to find because it is not correctly linked. Go to the "cover" (not the "beginning") and page through about 10 pages until you get to the TOC. Bookmark it.
Remember: Shakespeare wrote *plays* not novels -- see it first. Teachers who flog their students through page after page of reading (and footnotes) without having first enjoyed the play as a play quite mistake the matter. Likewise, teachers who assign No Fear Shakespeare - translating Shakespeare? Come now, we don't read it for the plots...
Shakespeare After All provides just the right amount of background knowledge, appreciation of the good jokes, and political and historical context to move on to the next level of appreciating -- and more importantly, enjoying -- Shakespeare's plays.
The book grew out of a series of lectures which are also excellent.
My only problem is that I bought it on my Kindle and the navigation is not fun - it is a book you consult or dip into, according to your need, and Kindle makes that very difficult.
examines each of the 38 plays from "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" through "The Two Noble Kinsman." Her work is detailed and insightful for anyone who seeks more knowledge and understanding of Shakepeare and his plays. As we explore Shakespeare we also learn more about what it is to be human being in the world!
Garber writes about each play as she analyzes the characters and their motivation; the history of the play's production and how the play is related to other plays and characters in the Shakespearean canon. Along the way we learn the derivation of words used by the bard; what was going on in England and the world at the time the play was written and such various topics as sumptuary laws (dealing with clothing); class structure and the growth of the English language.
Shakespeare's life is covered in an insightful introduction.
Marjorie Garber must be a brilliant person to listen to in the lecture hall! I wish these insighful looks at each play would be available in tape format! Her book is a classic which should be required reading for anyone teaching Shakespeare in high school, college and adult education classes.
I was fascinated by her depth of scholarship and ability to relate Shakespeare to our day. My highest appreciation to this wonderful book on our great treasure of poetry and the art of
drama William Shakespeare!