Baker & Taylor Provides information on how to read and understand Shakespeare, including how to interpret his language and prose, and how to analyze his literary comedies, dramas, and tragedies.
Taylor & Francis Publishing Aimed squarely at the student new to Shakespeare, this volume provides a through introduction to the plays, based on the exciting new approaches shaping the field of Shakespeare studies. The author offers a refreshingly clear guide to Shakespeare's language; the plays as performance texts; the cultural and political contexts of the plays; early modern theatre practice; new understandings of the major genres.
Book News Taking on the challenge of demystifying the bard's plays for Shakespeare virgins, McEvoy (English and drama, Varndean College; Brighton, UK) provides a concise, user-friendly guide to understanding the texts, their classification by genre, and types of stage action. Includes highlighted material on aspects of early modern language and views on theatre, period illustrations, contemporary play photos, and a 16th-17th century chronology. No mention is made of recent film versions that may serve as introductions to Shakespeare. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)