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This Is Shakespeare Pelican BooksUr attentionA THE TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 'The best introduction to the plays I've read perhaps the best book on Shakespeare full stop' Alex Preston Observer'It makes you impatient to see or re read the plays at once' Hilary MantelA genius and prophet whose timeless works encapsulate the human condition like no others A writer who surpassed his contemporaries in vision originality and literary mastery Who wrote like an angel putting it all so much better than anyone elseIs this Shakespeare Well sort ofBut it doesn't really tell us the whole truth So much of what we say about Shakespeare is either not true or just not relevant deflecting us from investigating the challenges of his inconsistencies and flaws This electrifying new book thrives on revealing not resolving the ambiguities of Shakespeare's plays and their changing topicality It introduces an intellectually theatrically and ethically exciting writer who engages with intersectionality as much as with Ovid with economics as much as poetry who writes in strikingly modern ways about individual agency privacy politics celebrity and sex It takes us into a world of politicking and copy catting as we watch him emulating the blockbusters of Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Kyd the Spielberg and Tarantino of their day flirting with and skirting round the cut throat issues of succession politics religious upheaval and technological change The Shakespeare in this book poses awkward uestions rather than offering bland answers always implicating us in working out what it might mean This is Shakespeare And he needs your att. I studied English Literature some thirty years ago and although I do still read a wide variety of literature ranging from the classicsserious to the 'popular' end of the spectrum it's a fair while since I read any literary criticism I bought this book because it caught my eye in a Waterstones window and realised I knew the author Emma Smith when at University causing me absolute delight and excitement I also fancied a bit of Shakespeare in my life again Emma Smith clearly has lost none of the charisma and lively wit that I recall from those undergraduate days as it absolutely shines through this wonderful book Hi Emma I was in the year below you I have greatly enjoyed reading this book and it has spurred me on to watch some productions and re visit old favourites Ever since O levels Macbeth is still my favourite I'd recommend this book to anybody wanting an accessible clever thought provoking book about Shakespeare's plays whether as an introduction a reminder or as has been suggested a wonderful guide to dip into in the future perhaps prior to attending a performance or afterwards

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A THE TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 'The best introduction to the plays I've read perhaps the best book on Shakespeare full stop' Alex Preston Observer'It makes you impatient to see or re read the plays at once' Hilary MantelA genius and prophet whose timeless works encapsulate the human condition like no others A writer This Is MOBI #198 who surpassed his contemporaries in vision originality and literary mastery Who wrote like an angel putting it all so much better than anyone elseIs this Shakespeare Well sort ofBut it doesn't really tell us the whole truth So much of what we say about Shakespeare is either not true or just not relevant deflecting us from investigating the challenges of his inconsistencies and flaws This electrifying new book thrives on revealing not resolving the ambiguities of Shakespeare's plays and their changing topicality It introduces an intellectually theatrically and ethically exciting writer who engages with intersectionality as much as with Ovid with economics as much as poetry who writes in strikingly modern ways about individual agency privacy politics celebrity and sex It takes us into a world of politicking and copy catting as we watch him emulating the blockbusters of Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Kyd the Spielberg and Tarantino of their day flirting with and skirting round the cut throat issues of succession politics religious upheaval and technological change The Shakespeare in this book poses awkward uestions rather than offering bland answers always implicating us in working out what it might mean This is Shakespeare And he needs yo. I have not completed the book yet but was really amazed with the MND chapter where our Professor of Shakespeare Studies states Hermia wishes to marry Demetrius; Egeus favours Lysander as her suitor What a blunder It is compounded a few sentences later when we are informed that Hermia maintains that she will not accept the 'the unwished yoke' 1181 of marriage to LysanderIf a mistake of this proportion can get through goodness knows what other bloopers lie in store