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Shakespeare's Birthday: Shakespeare in the Library

Join the TCC Libraries in Celebrating Shakespeare's Birthday Through Trivia, eBooks, Films, & More!

The books displayed below are part of TCC's Shakespeare collection available as eBooks and in print.

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30 Great Myths about Shakespeare

Think you know Shakespeare? Think again . . . Was a real skull used in the first performance of Hamlet? Were Shakespeare's plays Elizabethan blockbusters? How much do we really know about the playwright's life? And what of his notorious relationship with his wife? Exploring and exploding 30 popular myths about the great playwright, this illuminating new book evaluates all the evidence to show how historical material can be interpreted and misinterpreted, and what this reveals about our own personal investment in the stories we tell.

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A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

An intimate history of Shakespeare, following him through a single year -- 1599 -- that changed not only his fortunes but the course of literature. In this one exhilarating year we follow what he reads and writes, what he sees, and whom he works with as he invests in the new Globe Theatre and creates four of his most famous plays -- Henry the Fifth, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and, most remarkably, Hamlet. James Shapiro illuminates both Shakespeare's staggering achievement and what Elizabethans experienced in the course of 1599: sending off an army to crush an Irish rebellion, weathering an Armada threat from Spain, gambling on the fledgling East India Company, and waiting to see who would succeed their aging and childless queen. This book brings the news and intrigue of the times together with a wonderful evocation of how Shakespeare worked as an actor, businessman, and playwright. 

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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark." Brooding Hamlet, the son of the recently deceased king, is about to discover the royal family's corruption firsthand. Taken by the castle watchman to meet the apparition they see at night, Hamlet is surprised to find it is his father's ghost. Hamlet seeks to avenge his father's dishonorable death, but the casualties along the way may prove to be just as tragic. Enter William Shakespeare's famous world of betrayal, madness, and "murder most foul" through this unabridged version of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, first published in England in 1603.

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How to Analyze the Works of William Shakespeare

This title explores the creative works of famous author William Shakespeare. Works analyzed include The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, The Tragedy of Richard III, The Tempest, and As You Like It. Clear, comprehensive text gives background biographical information of Shakespeare. The "You Critique It" feature invites readers to analyze other creative works on their own. A table of contents, timeline, list of works, resources, source notes, glossary, and an index are also included. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.

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The Life of William Shakespeare

The Life of William Shakespeare is a fascinating and wide-ranging exploration of Shakespeare's life and works focusing on often neglected literary and historical contexts: what Shakespeare read, who he worked with as an author and an actor, and how these various collaborations may have affected his writing. Written by an eminent Shakespearean scholar and experienced theatre reviewer. Pays particular attention to Shakespeare's theatrical contemporaries and the ways in which they influenced his writing. Offers an intriguing account of the life and work of the great poet-dramatist structured around the idea of memory. Explores often neglected literary and historical contexts that illuminate Shakespeare's life and works.

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Shakespeare: A Life

Park Honan uses a wealth of fresh information to dramatically alter our perceptions of Shakespeare the actor, poet, and playwright. The young poet's relationships, his early courtship of Anne Hathaway, their marriage, his attitudes to women such as Jennet Davenant, Marie Mountjoy, and his own daughters, are seen in a new light, illuminating Shakespeare's needs, habits, passions and concerns. Shakespeare: A Life casts new light on the complexity and fascination of Shakespeare's life and his extraordinary development as an artist.

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Shakespeare: The Basics

Aiming to demystify Shakespeare, this title provides a general introduction to the plays. Illustrating how interpretations of Shakespeare are linked to cultural and political contexts, it covers topics such as Shakespeare's language, and the plays as performance texts.

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Shakespeare's Sonnets

Along with writing comedic and dramatic plays, William Shakespeare was also a master poet. Using the sonnet structure (three quatrains and a final couplet composed in iambic pentameter), he composed 154 poems covering timeless themes of love, beauty, and mortality. The poems' subjects--the Fair Youth, the Dark Lady, and the Rival Poet--have become nearly as famous as the sonnets themselves. While not the first to write poems in sonnet form, Shakespeare's sonnets are considered the most influential examples of this style. This is an unabridged collection of all of Shakespeare's iconic sonnets, including Sonnet 18 ("Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"), Sonnet 116 ("Let me not to the marriage of true minds/ Admit impediments"), and Sonnet 130 ("My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun").

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Shakespeare is the world's greatest writer. In this lively and authoritative introduction, Paul Edmondson presents Shakespeare afresh as a dramatist and poet, and encourages us to take ownership of the works for ourselves as words to be spoken as well as discussed. We get a wide sense of what his life was like, his rich language, and astonishing cultural legacy. We catch glimpses of Shakespeare himself, how he wrote and see what his works mean to readers and theatre practitioners. Above all, we see how Shakespeare tackled the biggest themes of humanity: power, history, war and love. 

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The Unabridged William Shakespeare

This edition of the complete works of Shakespeare includes footnoted text of each of the bard's 37 plays, plus his sonnets and poems. A glossary and index of characters make reference and research easier.

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Who Was William Shakespeare?

A new study of Shakespeare's life and times, which illuminates our understanding and appreciation of his works. Combines an accessible fully historicised treatment of both the life and the plays, suited to both undergraduate and popular audiences. Looks at 24 of the most significant plays and the sonnets through the lens of various aspects of Shakespeare's life and historical environment. Addresses four of the most significant issues that shaped Shakespeare's career:  education, religion, social status, and theatre.