William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | May 23, 2015

byStanley Wells

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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 Shakespeare.Looking at his early life 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 actor andas a writer. Examining 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 hasdevoted a lifetime to the study of Shakespeare and his works, this is an engaging and authoritative introduction. ABOUT 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, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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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 Shakespeare.Looking at his early life and education, Wells explores Shakespeare's social and intellectual background and the literary traditi...

Stanley Wells, described by Roy Hattersley as "Our greatest authority on Shakespeare's life and work", is honorary President of The Shakespeare Birthplace, Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies of the University of Birmingham, and Honorary Emeritus Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. He was for nearly twenty years the editor...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.33 inPublished:May 23, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198718624

ISBN - 13:9780198718628

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Preface: Why Shakespeare?1. Shakespeare and Stratford-upon-Avon2. Theatre in Shakespeare's time3. Shakespeare in London4. Plays of the 1590s5. Shakespeare and comic form6. Return to tragedy7. The classical plays8. Tragi-comedyEpilogueChronology: Shakespeare's worksFurther readingIndex