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Search for an item in libraries near you: Enter title, subject or author WorldCat. Prospero knows the value of a good book - you should too! Rediscover the book - one of the greatest research tools around! One of the most important books in the world? S53 This is a biography of a book: the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays printed in and known as the First Folio.

It begins with the story of its first purchaser in London in December , and goes on to explore the ways people have interacted with this iconic book over the four hundred years of its history. This is a history of the book that consolidated Shakespeare's posthumous reputation: a reception history and a study of interactions between owners, readers, forgers, collectors, actors, scholars, booksellers, and the book through which we understand and recognize Shakespeare.


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F66 M28 Today it is the most valuable book in the world. Recently one sold for over five million dollars. It is the book that rescued the name of William Shakespeare and half of his plays from oblivion. The Millionaire and the Bardtells the miraculous and romantic story of the making of the First Folio, and of the American industrialist whose thrilling pursuit of the book became a lifelong obsession. The Millionaire and the Bardis a literary detective story, the tale of two mysterious men-a brilliant author and his obsessive collector-separated by space and time. It is a chronicle of two worlds-of art and commerce-that unfolded an ocean and three centuries apart.

And it is the thrilling tale of the luminous book that saved the name of William Shakespeare "to the last syllable of recorded time. W45 also in e-version. Do extra syllables in a line suggest how it might be played? Can Folio commas reveal character? Don Weingust places this work on Folio performance possibility within current understandings about Shakespearean text, describing ways in which these challenging theories about acting often align quite nicely with the work of the theories' critics. Such is the quantity of work on Shakespeare that print bibliographies go out of date all too quickly though a fairly comprehensive listing of older work is to be found in A Shakespeare Bibliography , , the catalogue of the Birmingham Shakespeare Library.

For comprehensiveness, print bibliographies can no longer keep up with electronic ones. Besides, there is little value in listing as many titles as possible for the sake of it: the simple act of including or excluding particular titles is a matter of judgment.

To the student and generally interested reader, there is nothing more intimidating than a long unannotated list of academic titles. And nobody has world enough and time to read even a small proportion of all that might be read about Shakespeare. The screenscraper of new and used online bookstores, www. Original year of publication is, however, included in the list to indicate the particular historical moment of each commentary. A Companion to Shakespeare , edited by David Scott Kastan — excellent introductory collection of essays on the plays, the historical context, the Elizabethan theatre and so on; very helpful for students.

Chambers, William Shakespeare: A Study of Facts and Problems 2 vols, — not a book to read through, but the best compendium of facts and documents about Shakespeare and his theatre.

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Andrew Dickson, The Rough Guide to Shakespeare — a reference work and more, which could hardly be bettered, strongly recommended to all students and playgoers; includes information on film and audio versions, also recommendations as to which is the best fully annotated text of each work, though these latter features are already somewhat outdated.

Russell Fraser, Young Shakespeare and Shakespeare: The Later Years — the most underrated of modern biographies, perhaps because published in two volumes and the second one is not quite as good as the first, which really does bring alive the environment of the young Shakespeare. John Gross, After Shakespeare — a glorious anthology of writings about Shakespeare, both profound and funny; a book that deserves a prominent place on the bedside table of every Shakespeare lover.

Andrew Gurr, The Shakespearean Stage, 3rd ed. Cox and D. Jean Wilson, The Archaeology of Shakespeare — not only excellent on the Rose and the Globe but also makes fascinating use of other artifacts such as funeral monuments.

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Jonathan Bate, Shakespeare and Ovid — his reading of his favourite classical poet. Richard A.


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  • Lanham, The Motives of Eloquence: Literary Rhetoric in the Renaissance — dazzling study of Renaissance rhetorical formations of the self, which deserves to be, but is not, as well known as the work of Greenblatt and others. Narrative and Dramatic Sources of Shakespeare , edited by Geoffrey Bullough 8 vols, — comprehensive collection of raw materials. Martin Wiggins, Shakespeare and the Drama of His Time — excellent placing of Shakespeare in the context of the plays of his contemporaries. John Gillies, Shakespeare and the Geography of Difference — pioneering study of the combination of historical, geographical, and ethnographic contexts for several key plays.

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    Andrew Hadfield, Shakespeare and Renaissance Politics — clear introductory study. Ania Loomba, Shakespeare, Race and Colonialism — balanced introduction to a hot topic. James Shapiro, Shakespeare and the Jews — has implications well beyond the figure of Shylock. Theodore Spencer, Shakespeare and the Nature of Man — invaluable intellectual context.

    Robin Headlam Wells, Shakespeare, Politics and the State — very useful mix of analysis and extracts from period documents. It is best suited to teenagers ready to listen and be challenged. Commissioned as part of our Play on! There is some comic bawdiness involving the town courtesan, but fidelity and family win out in the end.

    Check back closer to opening for specifics on this adaptation. Reminding us of the joint power and legacy of art and culture, this American Revolutions commission by Paula Vogel returns home after acclaimed and award-winning productions across the country, including a Tony-winning run on Broadway. Directed by Shana Cooper Julius Caesar , The Unfortunates , this collage of theatre, music, dance and poetry is a heart-stirring affirmation of the impact of art in a time of chaos.

    The play contains a good deal of sensuality, and the play-within-a-play is set in a brothel. It covers a year span of time, beginning at the start of the 20th century, highlighting the controversy surrounding the first same-sex kiss on Broadway in , and ending up in the Warsaw Ghetto and concentration camps of World War II.

    Best suited for mature students prepared to handle mature themes. Spanning more than 40 years, this is a story of love, longing, having your heart broken and of simply existing. Playwright Christina Anderson, winner of the Lorraine Hansberry Award, explores the universal act of creation—of life, of family, of art— through the experiences of a black, queer, feminist writer whose life is changed in the s when her girlfriend tells her some unexpected news. Decades later, the implications of that moment still echo in the lives of four individuals.

    Helmed by first-time OSF director Nataki Garrett, How to Catch Creation is a poetic and nuanced examination of family, connection, parenthood and the right to start over. How to Catch Creation explores sophisticated themes of betrayal, redemption and choices about child bearing and raising in a complex way.

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    There is profanity, but much meaning is also conveyed quietly in the silences between the lines. Best for high school students able to handle the subtleties and complexities of this moving adult story. Each season, the OSF Education department archives study guides from the most recent OSF productions as a resource for anyone studying the plays. Students and teachers may use the guides to add to their classroom discussions or to prepare for a performance of the plays.

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