- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Lost Horse Press; 1st edition (September 8, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0976211440
- ISBN-13: 978-0976211440
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,415,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Willing to Choose: Volition & Storytelling in Shakespeare's Major Plays Paperback – September 8, 2011
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Robert Pack s study of Shakespeare is a poignant and mature meditation on the world s greatest writer. --Harold Bloom, Shakespeare: The Invention
Willing to Choose struck me as something utterly fresh and compelling, a book about Shakespeare that ought to inspire a wide range of readers. Robert Pack, himself a poet, understands Shakespeare's art in ways that seem both comprehensible and satisfying. Pack shows again and again what art has added to nature itself, making it somehow bearable. The willful choice to examine to face reality boldly, and to accept the balm of its beauty without resorting to fantasy, was the wise and noble choice that Shakespeare himself made. Readers will be grateful to Pack for making this plain, for adding so much to nature himself in this strong, sensible, and artful book. --Jay Parini, Robert Frost, A Life
Robert Pack's excellent new book on Shakespeare is a work not only of scrupulous scholarship but, more importantly, of poetic imagination as well as a genuine contribution to Shakespeare criticism. His chapters on The Tempest, Macbeth, Hamlet, and A Midsummer Night's Dream are particularly powerful, but the whole book is filled with insight and intuition, written in a style that makes it a delight to read, for academic and lay person alike. The fact that Pack is a poet himself gives him a particular entree into the mind of Shakespeare, and his philosophical and psychological reading enhances his literary approach immensely. --Robert Brustein, The Theater of Revolt
About the Author
The author of twenty books of his own poetry, the most recent being Elk in Winter and Composing Voices, and five books of literary criticism, Robert Pack finds everywhere in Shakespeare's incomparable plays a vision empathetic to human suffering and moral aspiration, tempered by the Bard's acute awareness of human frailty. Currently, Robert Pack teaches in the Honors College of the University of Montana.
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