Published in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and beautifully illustrated with contemporary images from Shakespeare's time as well as photographs of RSC performances, this book explores the poet's life and the enduring legacy of his work. It delves into the likely sources that inspired him to write such masterpieces as The Merchant of Venice, Othello and Macbeth and assesses the influences of subsequent generations of performers who have shown the "infinite variety" with which Shakespeare's work can be adapted to all forms of media.
The book is enhanced with 20 items of memorabilia, including Shakespeare's marriage certificate and Will, an extract of the First Folio of 1623 and an extract from the prompt book for a production of Twelfth Night in 1965 directed by Sir John Gielgud.
About the Author
Catherine M.S. Alexander is an Honorary Fellow of the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, and has also worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the International Shakespeare Association and the University of Cambridge where for many years she directed the annual Shakespeare Summer School. She is the editor of Shakespeare and Sexuality, Shakespeare and Race, Shakespeare and Language, Shakespeare and Politics, the three-volume Cambridge Shakespeare Library and The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare's Last Plays and lectures on Shakespeare around the world. A former Director and Trustee of the English Association, she lives in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Number Of Pages: 64
Published: 1st April 2014
Dimensions (cm): 29.5 x 26.4 x 3.1
Weight (kg): 1.35