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The Shakespeare Companion

The Shakespeare Companion
Your Price: $18.95 CDN
Author: Emma Jones, Rhiannon Guy
Publisher: Robson Books
Series: Companion
Format: Hardcover
# of Pages: 157
Pub. Date: 2005
ISBN-10: 1861059132
ISBN-13: 9781861059130

About the Book:

From Comedy to tragedy, Elsinore to Cawdor, the Globe theatre to outer space, The Shakespeare Companion celebrates, investigates and puzzles over Shakespeare's strange turns, dramatic scenes, mysterious settings, gripping interludes and curious characters

The Shakespeare Companion is a fascinating and unique book takes a long hard look at the man from Avon and unearths all the oddities, quirks and stories behind Shakespeare's world. It looks at the man behind the moustache and his works (did Queen Elizabeth really write the plays?) and at the effect he's had on the English language as we know it.

We find out why Shakespeare left his second-best bed to Anne Hathaway, about the great figures who hated him, the ongoing quest to translate the entire works of Shakespeare into Klingon and why exactly you can't mention ‘the Scottish play' to an actor. ‘The Shakespeare Companion' provides the reader with a folio of Shakespearean notes, quotes, facts and stats.

Shakespeare is still firmly lodged in the national conscience and almost four hundred years after his death he still rates as one of the greatest Britons of all time. Hollywood adaptations of his plays prove that he is still a huge box-office draw, and it is a legal requirement that every school child is versed in his ways before they make it to the big wide world.

The Shakespeare Companion doesn't just contain fascinating snippets of information; it also offers extracts from some of the world's finest writers. Charles Dickens soliloquises with Phillip Roth while Jane Austen struts the boards with Aldous Huxley. And like all other books in the Companion series, there's a great piece of statistical trivia to match each page number.

What people say:

"Brush up on Bardolatry with this informative and entertaining book about everything Shakespeare ... makes a fine companion for teachers looking to spruce up lessons on the Elizabethan playwright." — Publishers Weekly

About the Author:

Emma Jones is the author of The Literary Companion.

Rhiannon Guy is the author of The Moviegoer's Companion and co-author of The Traveller's Companion.