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Head of Zeus
04 Oct 2018 * EBOOK * £8.99 * 9781788540162

Peter Conrad explores the phenomenon of Shakespeare, and assesses Shakespeare's global legacy across every continent and across every genre of the creative arts.

Non Fiction / DSGS (Language and Literary Studies)
Extent: 256 pages  Illus: Illustrated
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Magna Carta
City of Light
Dante's Divine Comedy
The Royal Society
The Rite of Spring
The French Revolution
The Arab Conquests
Hadrian's Wall
The British Museum
The Sarpedon Krater
Also in The Landmark Library series
Shakespeare: The Theatre of Our WorldThe Landmark Library, 13by Peter Conrad

In 1623 the actors John Heminges and Henry Condell assembled Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies, better known as The First Folio. In doing so they preserved literature's most dramatically vital and poetically rich account of our human world.

Endlessly reinterpreted by critics and performers, Shakespeare's inexhaustible work has remained abreast of contemporary concerns ever since, and it continues to hold a mirror up to the nature of our troubled society and our contradictory selves. The plays accompany us through the ages of mankind, from comic springtime to wintry age, compressing our life in time into the three hours' traffic of the stage; the characters in them have shaped the way we think about politics and war, consciousness and morality, love and death.

Peter Conrad examines the world-view of the plays, their generic originality and their astonishingly inventive language. He goes on to explore Shakespeare's global legacy as his characters migrate to every continent and are reinvented by later writers, painters, composers, choreographers and film-makers.

Peter Conrad is a literary critic and cultural historian. His books include The Everyman History of English Literature; Creation: Artists, Gods & Origins; and Modern Times, Modern Places: Life and Art in the Twentieth Century.

The bard explained and celebrated in 40k words.

Brilliant introduction to a giant of world literature.

Author is protean, premier-league scholar and critic who gets great reviews.

MARKET: Jonathan Bate; James Shapiro.

'The success of Peter Conrad's Shakespeare [...] lies in the balance it strikes between personal, confessional, emotional responses such as Flaubert's, and more critical perspectives' TLS

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