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Why Shakespeare?

An Introduction to the Playwright's Art

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Why Shakespeare?: An Introduction to the Playwright's Art by G.M. Pinciss
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Writing for a small troupe of men and boys who performed on an almost bare stage, William Shakespeare dramatized an unparalleled range of stories and emotions through his wizardry with words, his uncanny understanding of the human spirit, and his genius for maximizing the talents of his actors. Working under conditions that today we would consider primitive, he made himself into the supreme playwright. Exactly how did Shakespeare achieve his effects? Why does he continue to enthrall audiences performance after performance, night after night, century after century? Can we learn from the secrets of his success? By concentrating on a dozen of his best-known plays (though others receive attention, too), and analysing their structural and theatrical elements as well as their distinctive language, inventive plotting and unique characters, this book demystifies Shakespeare for all theatre lovers. With its down-to-earth and jargon-free approach, Why Shakespeare enables us to step behind the curtain to learn "Why Shakespeare" is considered the greatest dramatist of all time.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Organizing the Story; Managing the Exposition; Structuring and Sequencing the Scenes; Creating Character; Mixing Verse and Prose; Incorporating Theatrical Devices; Resolving the Action; Conclusion: Why Shakespeare?; Afterword: On the Publication and Performance of the Plays; Index.

Author Biography

Gerald M. Pinciss is Professor Emeritus at Hunter College and the Graduate Centre of the City University of New York.
Release date NZ
June 1st, 2006
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
New edition
Illustrations
ports.
Imprint
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Pages
192
Dimensions
156x234x12
ISBN-13
9780826418265
Product ID
1675711

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