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The Shakespeare Book (Hardcover): Dk The Shakespeare Book (Hardcover)
Dk 1
R586 R439 Discovery Miles 4 390 Save R147 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Shakespeare Book is the perfect primer to the works of William Shakespeare, packed with witty illustrations and inspirational quotes.

This bold book covers every work, from the comedies of Twelfth Night and As You Like It to the tragedies of Julius Caesar and Hamlet, plus lost plays and less well-known works of poetry. Easy-to-understand graphics and illustrations bring the themes, plots, characters and language of Shakespeare to life, including illustrated timelines which offer an at-a-glance summary of the action for each play. With detailed plot summaries and an in-depth analysis of the major characters and themes, this is a brilliant, innovative exploration of the entire canon of Shakespeare plays, sonnets and poetry.

Whether you're a Shakespeare scholar or a student of the great Bard, The Shakespeare Book offers a fuller appreciation of his phenomenal talent and lasting legacy.

Oxford Literature Companions: Measure for Measure (Paperback): Annie Fox Oxford Literature Companions: Measure for Measure (Paperback)
Annie Fox; Series edited by Peter Buckroyd
R237 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R13 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Easy to use in the classroom or as a tool for revision, Oxford Literature Companions provide student-friendly analysis of a range of popular A Level set texts. Each book offers a lively, engaging approach to the text, covering characterisation and role, genre, context, language, themes, structure, performance and critical views, whilst also providing a range of varied and in-depth activities to deepen understanding and encourage close work with the text. Each book also includes a comprehensive Skills and Practice section, which provides detailed advice on assessment and a bank of exam-style questions and annotated sample student answers. This guide covers Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare, is suitable for all exam boards and for the most recent AS/A level specifications.

Twelfth Night: York Notes for AS & A2 (Paperback): Emma Smith Twelfth Night: York Notes for AS & A2 (Paperback)
Emma Smith
R222 R183 Discovery Miles 1 830 Save R39 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

THE ULTIMATE GUIDES TO EXAM SUCCESS from York Notes - the UK's favourite English Literature Study Guides. York Notes for AS & A2 are specifically designed for AS & A2 students to help you get the very best grade you can. They are comprehensive, easy to use, packed with valuable features and written by experienced experts to give you an in-depth understanding of the text, critical approaches and the all-important exam. * An enhanced exam skills section which includes essay plans, expert guidance on understanding questions and sample answers. You'll know exactly what you need to do and say to get the best grades. * A wealth of useful content like key quotations, revision tasks and vital study tips that'll help you revise, remember and recall all the most important information.

Macbeth: York Notes for AS & A2 (Paperback): Alisdair Macrae Macbeth: York Notes for AS & A2 (Paperback)
Alisdair Macrae 1
R221 R182 Discovery Miles 1 820 Save R39 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Vital exam practice, revision and study for AS & A2 students from the UK's market leading brand.

Nineteen Eighty Four: York Notes Advanced (Paperback, New Ed): George Orwell Nineteen Eighty Four: York Notes Advanced (Paperback, New Ed)
George Orwell
R208 R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Save R40 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

York Notes Advanced offer a fresh and accessible approach to English Literature. This market-leading series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, York Notes Advanced intorduce students to more sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.

Measure for Measure: York Notes Advanced (Paperback): Emma Smith Measure for Measure: York Notes Advanced (Paperback)
Emma Smith 2
R209 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R40 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'York Notes Advanced' offer an accessible approach to English Literature. This series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, 'York Notes Advanced' introduce students to sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.

Portraits of Shakespeare (Paperback): Katherine Duncan-Jones Portraits of Shakespeare (Paperback)
Katherine Duncan-Jones
R401 R327 Discovery Miles 3 270 Save R74 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Within Shakespeare's lifetime there was already some curiosity about what the writer of such brilliant poems, sonnets and plays looked like. Yet like so much else about him, Shakespeare's appearance is mysterious. Why is it so difficult to find images of him that were definitely made during his life? Which images are most likely to have been made by those close to Shakespeare, and why do these differ from each other? Also, why do newly 'discovered' images claimed as representations of the playwright emerge with such regularity? Shakespeare scholar Katherine Duncan-Jones examines these questions, beginning with an analysis of the tradition of the 'author portrait' before, during, and after Shakespeare's life. She provides a detailed critique of the three images of Shakespeare likeliest to derive from life-time portrayals: the bust in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon; the 'Droeshout engraving' from the First Folio edition of Shakespeare's plays published in 1623; and the 'Chandos portrait', painted in oil on canvas in the early seventeenth century. Through a fresh exploration of the evidence and groundbreaking research, she identifies a plausible new candidate for the painter of 'Chandos'. This also throws new light on the last years of Shakespeare's life. This generously illustrated book also examines the afterlife of these three images, as memorials, in advertising and in graphic art, together with their adaptation in later commemorative statues: all evidence of a continuing desire to put a face to one of the most famous names in literature.

How the Classics Made Shakespeare (Paperback): Jonathan Bate How the Classics Made Shakespeare (Paperback)
Jonathan Bate
R399 R328 Discovery Miles 3 280 Save R71 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From one of our most eminent and accessible literary critics, a groundbreaking account of how the Greek and Roman classics forged Shakespeare's imagination Ben Jonson famously accused Shakespeare of having "small Latin and less Greek." But he was exaggerating. Shakespeare was steeped in the classics. Shaped by his grammar school education in Roman literature, history, and rhetoric, he moved to London, a city that modeled itself on ancient Rome. He worked in a theatrical profession that had inherited the conventions and forms of classical drama, and he read deeply in Ovid, Virgil, and Seneca. In a book that combines stylistic brilliance, accessibility, and extraordinary range, acclaimed literary critic and biographer Jonathan Bate, one of the world's leading authorities on Shakespeare, offers groundbreaking insights into how, perhaps more than any other influence, the classics made Shakespeare the writer he became.

Twelfth Night: York Notes Advanced (Paperback, 3rd edition): Emma Smith Twelfth Night: York Notes Advanced (Paperback, 3rd edition)
Emma Smith
R209 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R40 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'York Notes Advanced' offer an accessible approach to English Literature. This series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, 'York Notes Advanced' introduce students to more sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.

Richard II: York Notes Advanced (Paperback, 2nd edition): N Keeble Richard II: York Notes Advanced (Paperback, 2nd edition)
N Keeble
R211 R171 Discovery Miles 1 710 Save R40 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book has been specially written for the needs of A-level and undergraduate students. This book enables students to appreciate contrasting interpretations of the text and develop their own critical thinking.Key Features: *Study methods *Introduction to the text *Summaries with critical notes *Themes and techniques *Textual analysis of key passages *Author biography *Historical and literary background *Modern and historical critical approaches *Chronology *Glossary of literary term

A Midsummer Night's Dream: York Notes Advanced (Paperback, 2nd edition): Michael Sherborne A Midsummer Night's Dream: York Notes Advanced (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Michael Sherborne
R209 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R40 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'York Notes Advanced' offer an accessible approach to English Literature. This series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, York Notes Advanced introduce students to more sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.

The Winter's Tale: York Notes Advanced (Paperback, 2nd edition): Jeffrey Wood The Winter's Tale: York Notes Advanced (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Jeffrey Wood
R211 R171 Discovery Miles 1 710 Save R40 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'York Notes Advanced' offer an accessible approach to English Literature. This series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, York Notes Advanced introduce students to more sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.

As You Like It: York Notes Advanced (Paperback, 2nd edition): Robin Sowerby As You Like It: York Notes Advanced (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Robin Sowerby
R210 R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Save R40 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'York Notes Advanced' offer an accessible approach to English Literature. This series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, York Notes Advanced introduce students to more sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.

Starting Shakespeare (Paperback): Linda Marsh, Michael Marland Starting Shakespeare (Paperback)
Linda Marsh, Michael Marland
R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Includes everything students need for their first encounter with Shakespeare - well-chosen scenes from his most famous plays, plus lively accessible activities for discussion, drama, language study and comparison. It's the ideal starting-point for exploring Shakespeare, his theatre and his language. Extracts from: Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice.

Tempest: No Fear Shakespeare Deluxe Student Edition (Paperback): Spark Notes Tempest: No Fear Shakespeare Deluxe Student Edition (Paperback)
Spark Notes
R220 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R36 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Twelfth Night: No Fear Shakespeare Deluxe Student Edition (Paperback): Spark Notes Twelfth Night: No Fear Shakespeare Deluxe Student Edition (Paperback)
Spark Notes
R223 R187 Discovery Miles 1 870 Save R36 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Shakespeare everyone can understand--now in new DELUXE editions! Why fear Shakespeare? By placing the words of the original play next to line-by-line translations in plain English, these popular guides make Shakespeare accessible to everyone. They introduce Shakespeare's world, significant plot points, and the key players. And now they feature expanded literature guide sections that help students study smarter, along with links to bonus content on the Sparknotes.com website. A Q&A, guided analysis of significant literary devices, and review of the play give students all the tools necessary for understanding, discussing, and writing about Twelfth Night. The expanded content includes: Five Key Questions: Five frequently asked questions about major moments and characters in the play. What Does the Ending Mean?: Is the ending sad, celebratory, ironic . . . or ambivalent? Plot Analysis: What is the play about? How is the story told, and what are the main themes? Why do the characters behave as they do? Study Questions: Questions that guide students as they study for a test or write a paper. Quotes by Theme: Quotes organized by Shakespeare's main themes, such as love, death, tyranny, honor, and fate. Quotes by Character: Quotes organized by the play's main characters, along with interpretations of their meaning.

I Love Shakespeare - 400 Fantastic Facts (Paperback): Warren King I Love Shakespeare - 400 Fantastic Facts (Paperback)
Warren King 1
R268 R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Save R71 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

One of Shakespeare's relatives was executed for plotting against Elizabeth I. There are more than 80 records of Shakespeare's name. Not one of them says `William Shakespeare'. Shakespeare once played the ghost in Hamlet. Shakespeare wore a gold earring in his left ear. This fun little book, containing 400 fantastic facts about the Bard and his work and more than 100 illustrations, will delight fans everywhere!

Henry IV Part I (Paperback, 2nd edition): Steve Longstaffe Henry IV Part I (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Steve Longstaffe
R210 R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Save R40 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

York Notes Advanced have been written by acknowledged literature experts for the specific needs of advanced level and undergraduate students. They offer a fresh and accessible approach to the study of English literature. Building on the successful formula of York Notes, this Advanced serles introduces students to more sophisticated analysis and wider critical perspectives. This enables students to appreciate contrasting interpretations of the text and to develop their own critical thinking. York Notes Advanced help to make the study of literature more fulfilling and lead to exam success. They will also be of interest to the general reader as they cover the widest range of popular literature titles.

Shakespeare - The Invention of the Human (Paperback): Harold Bloom Shakespeare - The Invention of the Human (Paperback)
Harold Bloom
R488 R344 Discovery Miles 3 440 Save R144 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Harold Bloom, the doyen of American literary critics and author of The Western Canon, has spent a professional lifetime reading, writing about and teaching Shakespeare. In this magisterial interpretation, Bloom explains Shakespeare's genius in a radical and provocative re-reading of the plays. How to understand Shakespeare, whose ability so far exceeds his predecessors and successors, whose genius has defied generations of critics' explanations, whose work is of greater influence in the modern age even than the Bible? This book is a visionary summation of Harold Bloom's reading of Shakespeare and in it he expounds a brilliant and far-reaching critical theory: that Shakespeare was, through his dramatic characters, the inventor of human personality as we have come to understand it. In short, Shakespeare invented our understanding of ourselves. He knows us better than we do: 'The plays remain the outward limit of human achievement: aesthetically, cognitively, in certain ways morally, even spiritually. They abide beyond the end of the mind's reach; we cannot catch up to them. Shakespeare will go on explaining us in part because he invented us... ' In a chronological survey of each of the plays, Bloom explores the supra-human personalities of Shakespeare's great protagonists: Hamlet, Lear, Falstaff, Rosalind, Juliet. They represent the apogee of Shakespeare's art, that art which is Britain's most powerful and dominant cultural contribution to the world, here vividly recovered by an inspired and wise scholar at the height of his powers.

Much Ado about Nothing (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): William Shakespeare Much Ado about Nothing (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
William Shakespeare; Introduction by Travis D. Williams; Edited by F.H. Mares
R254 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R45 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Much Ado about Nothing has always been popular on the stage. This edition pays especial attention to the history and range of theatrical interpretation, in which famous actors, from the time of Garrick to the present, have appeared as the sparring lovers Benedick and Beatrice. A full commentary includes annotation of the many sexual jokes in the play that have been obscured by the complexity of Elizabethan language. In this new edition, Travis D. Williams reviews recent stage, television, film and critical interpretations of the play, considering treatment of the play's special interest in language, bodies and gender.

Hamlet - Prince of Denmark (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): William Shakespeare Hamlet - Prince of Denmark (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
William Shakespeare; Edited by Heather Hirschfeld, Philip Edwards
R266 R222 Discovery Miles 2 220 Save R44 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The third edition of Hamlet offers a completely new introduction to this rich, mysterious play, examining Shakespeare's transformation of an ancient Nordic legend into a drama whose philosophical, psychological, political, and spiritual complexities have captivated audiences world-wide for over 400 years. Focusing on the ways in which Shakespeare re-imagined the revenge plot and its capacity to investigate the human experiences of love, grief, obligation, and memory, Heather Hirschfeld explores the play's cultural and theatrical contexts, its intricate textual issues, its vibrant critical traditions and controversies, and its history of performance and adaptation by celebrated directors, actors, and authors. Supplemented by an updated reading list, extensive illustrations and helpful appendices, this edition also features revised commentary notes explicitly designed for the student reader, offering the very best in contemporary criticism of this great tragedy.

King Lear: York Notes Advanced (Paperback): William Shakespeare King Lear: York Notes Advanced (Paperback)
William Shakespeare 2
R211 R171 Discovery Miles 1 710 Save R40 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'York Notes' offer an approach to English literature that aims to fully reflect student needs. They are filled with summaries, commentaries, exam advice, margin and textual features to offer a wider context to the text and encourage a critical analysis.

Much Ado About Nothing: York Notes Advanced (Paperback, Revised Ed): William Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing: York Notes Advanced (Paperback, Revised Ed)
William Shakespeare
R211 R171 Discovery Miles 1 710 Save R40 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'York Notes Advanced' offer an accessible approach to English Literature. This series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, 'York Notes Advanced' introduce students to sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.

Pronouncing Shakespeare - The Globe Experiment (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): David Crystal Pronouncing Shakespeare - The Globe Experiment (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
David Crystal
R401 R325 Discovery Miles 3 250 Save R76 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

How did Shakespeare's plays sound when they were originally performed? How can we know, and could the original pronunciation ever be recreated? For three days, Shakespeare's Globe presented a production of Romeo and Juliet in original, Shakespearian pronunciation. In an unusual blend of autobiography, narrative, and academic content, David Crystal recounts the unique nature of the experience. He begins by discussing the Globe Theatre's approach to 'original practices', which had dealt with all aspects of Elizabethan stagecraft - except pronunciation. A large section is devoted to the nature of the Early Modern English sound system. There are reports of how the actors coped with the task of learning the pronunciation, how it affected their performances and how the audiences reacted. In this new edition, he reflects on the development of the original pronunciation movement across the world, since the Globe's experiment.

All the Sonnets of Shakespeare (Hardcover): William Shakespeare All the Sonnets of Shakespeare (Hardcover)
William Shakespeare; Edited by Paul Edmondson, Stanley Wells
R358 R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Save R62 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How can we look afresh at Shakespeare as a writer of sonnets? What new light might they shed on his career, personality, and sexuality? Shakespeare wrote sonnets for at least thirty years, not only for himself, for professional reasons, and for those he loved, but also in his plays, as prologues, as epilogues, and as part of their poetic texture. This ground-breaking book assembles all of Shakespeare's sonnets in their probable order of composition. An inspiring introduction debunks long-established biographical myths about Shakespeare's sonnets and proposes new insights about how and why he wrote them. Explanatory notes and modern English paraphrases of every poem and dramatic extract illuminate the meaning of these sometimes challenging but always deeply rewarding witnesses to Shakespeare's inner life and professional expertise. Beautifully printed and elegantly presented, this volume will be treasured by students, scholars, and every Shakespeare enthusiast.

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