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Title Shakespeare & me : great writers, actors, and directors on what the bard means to them-- and us / edited by Susannah Carson ; foreword by Professor Harold Bloom
Published London : Oneworld Publications, 2016
©2013

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Description xxviii, 500 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents Machine generated contents note: A Little Monkey Business / Bill Willingham -- Speaking Shakespeare / Sir Antony Sher -- Teaching Shakespeare to Actors / Camille Paglia -- The Architecture of Ideas / Sir Ben Kingsley -- King Lear in Retrospect / Cicely Berry -- Method and Madness / Tobias Menzies -- Character and Conundrum / Rory Kinnear -- I Know a Hawk from a Handsaw Regardless of the Weather, but That's Pretty Much It / Matt Sturges -- The Sun God / James Earl Jones -- Othello in Love / Eamonn Walker -- Othello: A Play in Black and White / Barry John -- Re-revising Shakespeare / Jess Winfield -- "I Say It Is the Moon" / Brian Cox -- The Question of Coriolanus / Ralph Fiennes -- Trial by Theatre, or Free-Thinking in Julius Caesar / Richard Scholar -- Saying in The Merchant of Venice / Stanley Cavell -- Searching for Shylock / F. Murray Abraham -- Boldness Be My Friend / Fiasco Theater -- Killing Shakespeare and Making My Play / Karin Coonrod --
Contents note continued: Playing Shakespeare at the Globe / Dominic Dromgoole -- Tolstoy and the Shakespearean Gesture / Angus Fletcher -- The Red Scarf / J. D. McClatchy -- Spring Imagery in Warwickshire / Germaine Greer -- What's in a Name? or Unnamed in the Forest / James Prosek -- The Sea Change / David Farr -- Looking for Illyria / Alan Gordon -- Shakespeare's Siblings / Eleanor Brown -- "A Star Danced" / Eve Best -- Two Loves, or the Eternal Triangle / Dame Harriet Walter -- Odd Man Out / Jane Smiley -- The Living Drama / Dame Margaret Drabble -- The Tragedy of Imagination in Antony and Cleopatra / Joyce Carol Oates -- War and Love / Maxine Hong Kingston -- On the Terrible and Unexpected Fate of the Star-Crossed Lovers / Peter David -- Shakespeare and Four-Colour Magic / Conor McCreery -- Rough Magic / Julie Taymor -- My Own Private River / James Franco -- Enamoured with Shakespeare / Isabel Allende
Summary Why Shakespeare? It's been 400 years since his death and yet we continue to find inspiration, revelation, solace, and entertainment in his poems and plays. In this original collection, Susannah Carson invites 38 actors, directors, scholars, and writers to share their own personal connections with Shakespeare and explore how he came to shape our world so completely. Along the way, we reminisce on a childhood spent constructing makeshift matchstick theatres with Isabel Allende, grapple with Coriolanus for a modern audience alongside Ralph Fiennes, hear from James Earl Jones on reclaiming Othello as a tragic hero, share in Julie Taymor's transformation of Prospero into Prospera, join Sir Ben Kingsley on his mission to keep Shakespeare's ideas alive for all generations through performance, and muse with Brian Cox on social conflict in Shakespeare's time and in ours. Together they offer fresh insight into Shakespeare's work as a living legacy to be read, seen, performed, adapted, revised, wrestled with, and loved
Notes Includes index
Audience Adult
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Appreciation.
Genre/Form Reading nook.
Author Carson, Susannah, editor
Bloom, Harold, author of introdiction, etc
ISBN 9781780748474 (paperback)
1780748477 (paperback)
Other Titles Shakespeare and me