This engaging book draws on all of Shakespearea s plays to show they can still be used as a guide to life. * Introduces beginning students and general readers to Shakespearea s plays by highlighting the connections between the issues addressed by the plays and those of our own time. * Focuses on the characters, situations and stories in Shakespeare which are still familiar today. * Shows how Shakespearea s plays illustrate some of lifea s most familiar stories -- love and obsession, parents and children, sex and politics, suffering and revenge * Makes Shakespeare's plays accessible to the widest possible audience.
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Number of pages: 260
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 14 mm
"This brilliant and inspirational book offers new insight into the work and world of William Shakespeare and offers fresh demonstration of his relevance for our own lives and troubles. At once immensely erudite and extraordinarily accessible, Maguire shows how broken--hearts, dysfunctional families, domestic violence, and other personal and social problems, was all grist for Shakespearea s theatrical imagination. Alongside unflinching criticism of a world--gone--wrong, Shakespeare also offered his audiences solace and hope. The top book on Shakespeare this year, Studying Shakespeare should be on everyonea s bookshelf and on The Times Best Seller list." Dypmna Callaghan "Maguirea s book is fiesty, informative and stimulating." Atlantis