CRRL Picks - Great Lives 2014 - William Shakespeare

Annotation:Biographical approaches to history and culture. All lectures are open to the public free of charge; no tickets are required. Programs begin at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall.

The Life of William Shakespeare
The Life of William Shakespeare A Critical Biography By Potter, Lois Book - 2012 822.33B Po Available in some locations

Annotation:"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" - London Review of Books

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Shakespeare
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Shakespeare By Rozakis, Laurie Book - 1999 822.33 Ro Available in some locations

Annotation:"Twenty (20) major plays explored in depth, explaining literary terms and Elizabethan English, with attention to language and verse." - Amazon

Contested Will
Contested Will Who Wrote Shakespeare? By Shapiro, James Book - 2010 822.33 Sh Available in some locations

Annotation:"Contested Will is a serious, interesting and original book about how Shakespeare’s genius can dominate the imagination." - The Telegraph

Daily Life in Elizabethan England
Daily Life in Elizabethan England By Forgeng, Jeffrey L. Book - 1995 942.055 Si Available in some locations

Annotation:"Students, teachers, and interested readers will find in this resource a vivid and intimate account of life in the Elizabethan age... a treasure trove of information for classroom and library use and for those interested in recreating Elizabethan life." - Goodreads

Shakespeare By Wood, Michael Book - 2003 822.33B Wo Available in some locations

Annotation:"A brilliant piece of historical investigative journalism, Shakespeare is a fresh telling of the playwright's life based on a wide range of newly discovered sources, such as police and torture records. Rather than approaching Shakespeare as an isolated genius, Wood argues that he was very much a product of his place and time." - Amazon

Shakespeare The Biography By Ackroyd, Peter Book - 2005 822.33B Ac Available in some locations

Annotation:"The great strength of Ackroyd's book is the depth of his immersion in the culture of Shakespeare's age and the sense he gives of Shakespeare as a product of that extraordinary moment in time. " - Publisher's Weekly

Shakespeare in Love
Shakespeare in Love DVD - 1999? 7.914 Sh Available in some locations

Annotation:"Shakespeare meets Sherlock, and makes for pure enchantment in the inspired conjecture behind ''Shakespeare in Love.'' This film's exhilarating cleverness springs from its speculation about where the playwright might have found the beginnings of ''Romeo and Juliet,'' but it is not constrained by worries about literary or historical accuracy. (So what if characters talk about Virginia tobacco plantations before there was a Virginia?)" - NY Times

Shakespeare's Christianity
Shakespeare's Christianity Catholic-Protestant Presence in Julius Caesar, Hamlet, and Macbeth eBook - 2006 822.33 Sh Click here for EBSCOhost ebook »

Annotation:"Shakespeare's Christianity is a worthy collection of scholarly essays that contributes to an important discussion. The editorial perspective is balanced, and the bibliography is useful if not extensive." - The Free Library

Soul of the Age
Soul of the Age A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare By Bate, Jonathan Book - 2009 921 Shake Available in some locations

Annotation:"Perhaps the preeminent Shakespeare scholar writing and teaching today, Bate is a professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance literature at the University of Warwick... . If you are going to read one book about William Shakespeare this year, this is the one. The scholarship is impeccable, the writing felicitous, the knowledge to be gained immeasurable." -

A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, 1599
A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, 1599 By Shapiro, James Book - 2005 822.33B Sh Available in some locations

Annotation:"James Shapiro illuminates both Shakespeare’s staggering achievement and what Elizabethans experienced in the course of 1599, bringing together the news and the intrigue of the times with a wonderful evocation of how Shakespeare worked as an actor, businessman, and playwright. The result is an exceptionally immediate and gripping account of an inspiring moment in history." - Barnes & Noble

Where There's A Will There's A Way
Where There's A Will There's A Way Or, All I Really Need to Know I Learned From Shakespeare By Maguire, Laurie E. Book - 2006 158 Ma Available in some locations

Annotation:"Bard expert Laurie Maguire brings her knowledge and love of Shakespeare to bear on the great-and small-challenges that everybody faces. As she illustrates in this witty, accessible, and unique self-help book, all one really needs is Shakespeare when it comes to understanding life." - Barnes & Noble

Witches and Jesuits
Witches and Jesuits Shakespeare's Macbeth By Wills, Garry Book - 1995 822.33T6 Sh Available in some locations

Annotation:"Wills restores Macbeth's suspenseful tension by returning it to the context of its own time, recreating the burning theological and political crises of Shakespeare's era. He reveals how deeply Macbeth's original 1606 audiences would have been affected by the notorious Gunpowder Plot of 1605, when a small cell of Jesuits came within a hairbreadth of successfully blowing up not only the King, but the Prince his heir, and all members of the court and Parliament. Wills likens their shock to that endured by Americans following Pearl Harbor or the Kennedy assassination." - Goodreads

A Shared List by jeffreyedmunds

Member of Central Rappahannock Regional Library

Send jeffreyedmunds a Message FollowFollow IgnoreIgnore Report This List


Tuesday, April 8, Lois Potter, The Life of William Shakespeare, Shakespeare

Topic Guide