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William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction ❴PDF / Epub❵ ★ William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction Author Stanley Wells – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk In this new offering from Stanley Wells, the pre eminent Shakespearian scholar, comes a Very Short Introduction to the life and writings of the world s greatest and best known dramatists William Shake In this new offering from Stanley A Very Kindle × Wells, the pre eminent Shakespearian scholar, comes a Very Short Introduction to the life and writings of the world s greatest and best known dramatists William ShakespeareLooking at his early life William Shakespeare: PDF \ and education, Wells explores Shakespeare s social and intellectual background and the literary traditions on which Shakespeare drew Examining the theatres and theatrical profession of the time, he also considers how Shakespeare experienced this world, both as an Shakespeare: A Very ePUB ↠ actor and as a writerExamining Shakespeare s narrative poems, sonnets, and all of his plays, Wells outlines their sources, style, and originality over the course of Shakespeare s career, to consider the fundamental impact his work has had for subsequent generations Written with enthusiasm and flair by a scholar who has devoted a lifetime to the study of Shakespeare and his works, this is an engaging and authoritative introductionABOUT THE SERIES The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area These pocket sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

    William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction PDF/EPUB for subsequent generations Written with enthusiasm and flair by a scholar who has devoted a lifetime to the study of Shakespeare and his works, this is an engaging and authoritative introductionABOUT THE SERIES The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area These pocket sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable."/>
  • Paperback
  • 152 pages
  • William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction
  • Stanley Wells
  • 05 June 2019
  • 0198718624

About the Author: Stanley Wells

Stanley William Wells, CBE, is a A Very Kindle × Shakespeare scholar and Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.



10 thoughts on “William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction

  1. Christine Christine says:

    I found this short introduction engaging, accessible and suitable for the beginner to Shakespeare A lot of useful and relevant information is packed into a short read of only 115 pages I learned that Ovid s great poem Metamorphoses was one of Shakespeare s favourite books and inspired much of his writing, Shakespeare was only 18 when he married Anne Hathaway who was pregnant at the time and Shakespeare s only son Hamnet died in 1596 We know from Shakespeare s will that he left his second be I found this short introduction engaging, accessible and suitable for the beginner to Shakespeare A lot of useful and relevant information is packed into a short read of only 115 pages I learned that Ovid s great poem Metamorphoses was one of Shakespeare s favourite books and inspired much of his writing, Shakespeare was only 18 when he married Anne Hathaway who was pregnant at the time and Shakespeare s only son Hamnet died in 1596 We know from Shakespeare s will that he left his second best bed to his wife but no one knows what this meant, whether it was an intended insult or compliment And the section on the First Folio was exceptionally beneficial for my studies and for the knowledge it has given me Stanley Wells writes, The Folio is immensely important because half of the plays it includes are printed there for the first time Without it we should almost certainly be without some of Shakespeare s greatest plays, including Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Macbeth, Anthony and Cleopatra, and The Winter s Tale It does not include any of Shakespeare s poems, perhaps for copyright reasons p47 I had no idea Shakespeare had been such a huge inspiration to Virginia Woolf and in particular, in her novel Orlando Wells says Woolf brings Shakespeare before us I have read Orlando only once and now I am eager to read it again to see what Wells means The first play I intend to read after reading this introduction and which I may well choose for my first assessment is The Tempest and that is due to Wells s description of it Wells writes, it is a supremely poetic drama, not just because it contains some of Shakespeare s greatest poetry but because it speaks, as the greatest poetry does, on many levels at once, universally relevant and if we can hear Ariel s music universally effective p105 At the back of the introduction, there is a chronology of Shakespeare s works which is helpful for people not familiar with Shakespeare s canon I thought this was an up to date and brilliant introduction Well done Stanley Wells

  2. Hank Hoeft Hank Hoeft says:

    This is an excellent introduction and overview of William Shakespeare, including information about his life, his work, the world in which he lived, and an overview of his works plays, long narrative poems, and sonnets I was surprised by the amount of personal details are included, from even before his birth that is, information about his father and mother, and grandfather , through his childhood, to the adult years before moving to London to pursue a career in theater, to his early years in This is an excellent introduction and overview of William Shakespeare, including information about his life, his work, the world in which he lived, and an overview of his works plays, long narrative poems, and sonnets I was surprised by the amount of personal details are included, from even before his birth that is, information about his father and mother, and grandfather , through his childhood, to the adult years before moving to London to pursue a career in theater, to his early years in theater, his later years, and then his legacy that continued after his death The overview of his plays is interesting in that they are discussed not strictly chronologically in the order they were written or in scholars best guess of the order in which they were written but in groupings, and groupings other than the usual histories tragedies comedies arranging of Shakespeare s plays As a high school English teacher whose goal in teaching Shakespeare to my students every year is to instill an appreciation and maybe if I m lucky a love of Shakespeare s works, this Very Short Introduction is one I want not just to read, but to own a copy myself, so that I might refer to it when I try to tell them just how much of a genius Shakespeare was, and still is

  3. Alex Alex says:

    This book is far too long Jokes An insightful, easy to read outline of the life and times of the greatest playwright in history The snippets of his sonnets and plays are delightful.

  4. V V says:

    Had to read this for a uni essay It is really simple and easy to read an provide many things to know about the playwright So it is a good book for Shakespeare s beginners.I regret that there is so mich occurence to all the plays because since I didn t read much of them, I was still lost a bit when Wells explained why this scene or another had a key role in the plays structures Nevertheless, it is an easy way to get to knowabout the great William Shakespeare, at least for the 3 first Had to read this for a uni essay It is really simple and easy to read an provide many things to know about the playwright So it is a good book for Shakespeare s beginners.I regret that there is so mich occurence to all the plays because since I didn t read much of them, I was still lost a bit when Wells explained why this scene or another had a key role in the plays structures Nevertheless, it is an easy way to get to knowabout the great William Shakespeare, at least for the 3 first chapters

  5. Rex Libris Rex Libris says:

    Great summation of everything William Shakespeare The book starts with a biography of Shakespeare that covers both his writing and acting careers, as well as his personal life Discussions of the plays are divided by era and genre, with synopsis of plots and analysis of where the play fits into his development as a writer.

  6. Directorscut Directorscut says:

    Easily the best Very Short Introduction I ve read so far offering concise but prescriptive commentary on every Shakespeare play It has the best short reading of Othello I ve read, vividly explaining its greatness in four short paragraphs It is also completely free of the Marxist and feminist claptrap that blights other entries in the series.

  7. Marilyn Marilyn says:

    My impression is probably hurt by the fact that I listened to the Talking Books version, and the reader mispronounced several of the names and other words This was annoying

  8. Jessica Jessica says:

    Interesting, if compact, overview of William Shakespeare.the man, the theatre, the times his works Interesting, if compact, overview of William Shakespeare.the man, the theatre, the times his works

  9. Roman Clodia Roman Clodia says:

    Stanley Wells talking about this volume in his introduction describes it as a short book about the man and his writings, to persuade readers who were previously indifferent to Shakespeare that it is worth getting to knowabout him This is, I would say, good for GCSE students or general readers and theatre goers wanting a bit of context What it doesn t do, unlike many of the other books in this series, is give a sense of where Shakespeare studies are today.The first chapter gives a conci Stanley Wells talking about this volume in his introduction describes it as a short book about the man and his writings, to persuade readers who were previously indifferent to Shakespeare that it is worth getting to knowabout him This is, I would say, good for GCSE students or general readers and theatre goers wanting a bit of context What it doesn t do, unlike many of the other books in this series, is give a sense of where Shakespeare studies are today.The first chapter gives a concise biography the second the best summarises the theatrical context putting some emphasis on the collaborative nature of play writing though not underlining that much of Shakespeare isn t necessarily by Shakespeare After that is four chapters of potted stories of the plays, each often less than a page long, which are full of description and plot summaries all those things we tell students not to do The final chapter isor less a list of later receptions, appropriations and creative adaptations of Shakespearean texts.It s disheartening that this volume seems to replace the 2002 Shakespeare A Very Short Introduction written by Germaine Greer which no longer appears in the series list at the front of this book Greer took a farchallenging approach to Shakespearean studies note the title Shakespeare rather than the biographical William Shakespeare and offered an accessible glimpse into the state of play in academic approaches to the field Wells moves the game back to being all about the man and gives a coherency to the canon by locating textual developments in the psychological state of William Shakespeare It should also be noted that while Wells is a brilliant editor of Shakespeare, he s not a critical scholar and relies on extremely conventional and traditional readings of the plays which dateor less back to the Victorians, and does nothing to indicate the complexities of the current academic field.So as an introduction for GCSE students or general readers this is fine, I guess A level or undergraduate students will, though, find many of the assumptions and ideas underpinning this book being challenged, scrutinised and overturned by their lecturers

  10. Tobi Tobi says:

    More supposition and speculation than actual fact It got very frustrating Stick to Germaine Greer s Very Short Introduction to Shakespeare is my advice.

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