Synopses & Reviews
In this comprehensive and compelling study, Stanley Wells explores the wide range of meanings that the plays can generate and analyzes their literary and dramatic craftsmanship in terms that are accessible to the nonspecialist, even to readers with no previous knowledge or experience of Shakespeare. In particular, he looks at Shakespeare's impact through the ages and especially on the varied realizations of his plays in modern theater.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Table of Contents
Who is Shakespeare? -- Shakespeare : man of the theatre -- Comedies of Verona, Padua, Ephesus, France, and Athens : The two gentlemen of Verona , The taming of the shrew, The comedy of errors, Love's labour's lost, and A midsummer night's dream -- Tragedies of Rome and Verona : Titus Andronicus and Romeo and Juliet -- Five plays of English history : Henry the Sixth, part one, The first part of the contention (Henry the Sixth, part two), Richard, Duke of York (Henry the Sixth, part three), Richard the Third, and King John -- A poetic interlude : Venus and Adonis, The rape of Lucrece, Shorter poems, The sonnets, and 'A lover's complaint' -- Four more plays of English history : King Richard the Second, King Henry the Fourth, part one, King Henry the Fourth, part two, and King Henry the Fifth -- Eight comedies of Venice, Messina, France, Illyria, and Windsor : The merchant of Venice, Much ado about nothing, As you like it, Twelfth night, and The merry wives of Windsor --