Shakespeare's Globe

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Essential Shakespeare Handbook


Leslie Dunton-Downer & Alan Riding


The definitive, fully illustrated single-volume companion to the world's greatest playwright.


A portrait of Shakespeare's life and times: critics, contemporaries, patrons and the era's vibrant theatre.

Full commentaries on all 39 plays including detailed plot summaries, a survey of dramatic interpretations on stage and screen, and an introduction to Shakespeare's sonnets and narrative poetry.

Gain an insight into Shakespeare's unique world, including his language, his sources of inspiration and the secret of his enduring, universal appeal.