The Friendly Shakespeare: A Thoroughly Painless Guide to the Best of the Bard

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"Brings the Bard to the masses, makes his plays accessible, and, well, provides fun for the reader."—The New York Times.

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Norrie Epstein has lectured extensively at the University of California, as well as the University of Rochester and Goucher College, covering almost every literary figure including, of course, Charles Dickens. She is the author of The Friendly Shakespeare.

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It is easier to say who is not Epstein's (literature, Univ. of California) intended audience than whom she intends her audience to be. Academics and Bardolators will pass, but would novices of Shakespeare want to read such a book? Still, novices who chance upon this work will find much to amuse: notes on theater and staging, authorship, characters, and actors; a glossary of Elizabethan sexual slang; a chapter entitled "Why Is Shakespeare Boring?"; observations (not really synopses or critiques) on many of the plays and poems; some interviews, including one with noted scholar Jan Kott and outspoken Oxfordian Charlton Ogburn; and even a page on Peter Brook's notorious Titus Andronicus of 1955. Enthusiastically dished up, this is more a book to be dipped into than read, but it will provide fun for those to whom it will appeal and maybe tote up some cultural literacy points for them as well. Primarily for public libraries.
- Robert E. Brown, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse, N.Y.
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Book Description Penguin Books Australia, Australia, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. What s so friendly about William Shakespeare? Haven t we all spent dutiful hours trying to make ourselves enjoy reading the Bard - with mixed results? The Friendly Shakespeare will change all that - it s a book that will delight anyone who ever shuddered at a soliloquy or nodded off the moment an actor said doth. It s crammed full of solid but never simplistic information; it s intelligent without being overly intellectual, but with the depth to satisfy even those for whom reading Shakespeare is already a delight. The Friendly Shakespeare is written for people who think Shakespeare is, to quote Laurence Olivier, not for the likes of them. It includes the major plays - histories, tragedies, comedies, and problem plays - but in between you ll find the real plot of Hamlet; raging controversies - like just who was Shakespeare - and was he actually Queen Elizabeth I? And who was the Dark Lady, anyway?; a look at Shakespeare on film - and a complete filmography; the most insipid, ridiculous play I ever saw (Samuel Pepys), and other quotes from Shakespeare haters (like Mark Twain and George Bernard Shaw); Shakespeare s ambiguous sexuality - or, was the Bard gay?; a half-dozen ways to say Scram! in Elizabethan English, and a glossary of Shakespearean invective; a look at the Elizabethan stage; practical advice from actors on how to read Shakespeare aloud and curious Shakespeareana about the numerous cranks and eccentrics drawn to Shakespeare throughout the ages. Designed to make reading Shakespeare a pleasure, every page of The Friendly Shakespeare is complemented by illustrations, photographs, and sidebars. With infectious enthusiasm and breezy erudition, Norrie Epstein has written acompulsively readable, slightly irreverent book that - at last! - makes Shakespeare not only accessible, but irresistible. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780140138863

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