The Bard was so incredibly prolific that even most Shakespeare scholars would welcome the occasional refresher course, and most of the rest of us haven't even got a clue as to what a petard actually is. Fear not, the bestselling authors of Homework for Grown-Ups are here to help. For parents keen to help with their children's homework, casual theater-goers who want to enhance their enjoyment and understanding, and the general reader who feels they should probably know more, Shakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups includes information on the key works, historical context, contemporaries and influences, famous speeches and quotations, modern-day adaptations, and much more.
by John Wyndham
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
by Jessie Ann Foley
by Justin Somper
by E. Nesbit
"Probably, the less one knows about Shakespeare, the better one will appreciate this audio survey of his work. Daniel Weyman is an excellent choice as narrator, bringing energy, drama, and a degree of irony and melodrama to what, for stretches, is basically just a list of plot summaries. The text is detailed and reliable, and is an excellent vehicle for broadening one's knowledge of both the range and the particulars of Shakespeare's writings. By the end, one will be able to talk knowledgeably about plays one hasn't seen or read, and to hold one's own in debates about Shakespeare's authorship of his plays. Entertaining, informative, and enlightening, this compendium is designed for those starting, and for those resuming after many years, an acquaintance with Shakespeare. D.A.W. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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