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Books About The Bard?Hi folks! I'm wondering if anyone out there in the shadowy depths...

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staggerlee | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 26, 2010 at 12:08 AM via web

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Books About The Bard?

Hi folks! I'm wondering if anyone out there in the shadowy depths of the internet has a good book about Shakespeare they can recommend. I've read a few: Shakespeare After All (awesome book), The Lodger Shakespeare (also good), and Fool (A ridiculous retelling of King Lear from his fool's point of view. Absurd but a good light and silly read).

 

Are they any books of any kind about him that you really liked?

 

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 26, 2010 at 3:26 AM (Answer #2)

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Here are a few that are fairly recent publishings.  Those in bold are those I think you should check out first:

Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt

Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson

Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human by Harold Bloom

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard (a silly retelling of Hamlet... easy read and funny)

A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599, PS by James Shapiro

The Shakespeare Wars: Clashing Scholars, Public Fiascos, Palace Coups by Ron Rosenbaum

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staggerlee | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 26, 2010 at 11:40 PM (Answer #3)

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Great, thanks for the suggestions. I'd already read Bryson's book (Entertaining writer!), forgot to mention it. I keep seeing the Rosencrantz one in the book store but never really gravitate to it. I'll pick it up though.

 

Another fun one I didn't mention is My Name Is Will by Jess Winfield.

 

Thanks, again. Other people's suggestions welcomed!

 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 15, 2011 at 2:54 PM (Answer #5)

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Have you read Shakespeare's works themselves?  Before you read rewritten works, it is good to read the originals.  Of course, reading the retellings is fun but they are much more fun when you get all the jokes.  Read the play first!

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