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The Eloquent Shakespeare

The Eloquent Shakespeare
Your Price: $60.00 CDN
Author: Gary Logan
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Format: Hardcover
# of Pages: 368
Pub. Date: 2009
ISBN-10: 0226491153
ISBN-13: 9780226491158

About the Book:

The Eloquent Shakespeare has become a staple all over North America for those companies producing Shakespeare.

An actor's deepest desire is to be understood. But when asked to pronounce such words as "chanson," "phantasime," or "quaestor," many otherwise unflappable actors can be rendered speechless. The Eloquent Shakespeare aims to untie those tongues and help anyone speak Shakespeare's language with ease. More than 17,500 entries make it the most comprehensive pronunciation guide to Shakespeare's words, from the common to the arcane. Each entry is written in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and represents standard American pronunciations, making this dictionary perfect for North American professionals or non-native speakers of American English.

Renowned Shakespearean voice and text coach Gary Logan has spent years teaching Shakespeare's works to some of the best actors in the world. His book includes proper names, foreign words and phrases, as well as an extensive introduction that covers everything from how to interpret the entries to scansion dynamics. Designed especially for actors, directors, stage managers, and teachers, The Eloquent Shakespeare is a one-of-a-kind resource for performing Shakespeare's dramatic works.

What people say:

"The Eloquent Shakespeare is an engrossing, impeccably organized, sensitively written, highly accessible, academically sound and supremely useful font of knowledge that has set the new standard for pronunciation dictionaries." — Voice & Speech Review

"Extremely useful to those who coach, act in, direct, and teach Shakespeare's plays." — Linda Gates, head of voice, department of theater, Northwestern University

"Logan's knowledge of his material is both broad and deep, combining a theater professional's sensitivity to the use of language, a phonetician's precision, and a linguist's knowledge of the history and development of English. The book is bound to be of tremendous use to actors, directors, vocal coaches, and theater teachers. Its comprehensiveness sets it apart from other similar works." — Ralph Zito, Chair, Voice and Speech, Drama Division, The Juilliard School

"Terrifically useful, well planned, clear, and helpful. The Eloquent Shakespeare is a one-of-a-kind reference guide." — Don Wadsworth, School of Drama, Carnegie Mellon University

"Logan's account of prosody, verse versus prose, prevailing rhythm, foreign words, rhyme, and shifts in syllabic stress ought to be reprinted in all editions of Shakespeare used by high-school students and undergraduates. I know of no more succinct and practical an account anywhere." — Bruce Smith, professor of English, University of Southern California

"Logan has given us a pronouncing dictionary for Shakespeare which surpasses anything previously available in both scope and depth. Thoroughly researched and carefully documented, it clearly indicates pronunciations which are conjectural or matters of debate, as well as laying out in detail the standard of pronunciation adopted for the dictionary. This is an invaluable resource for actors, voice coaches, and directors." — Ellen O'Brien, head of voice and text, Shakespeare Theatre Company

"The Eloquent Shakespeare is an archaeological site; a treasure trove of sumptuous words celebrating one of the richest languages on earth from the most generous dramatist who ever lived, and Logan has done all of the digging for us. This indispensable guide will become a trusted companion, assisting directors in their research and actors in their preparation." — Michael Kahn, Artistic Director, Shakespeare Theatre Company

About the Author:

Gary Logan is director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University. He has been the voice, text, and/or dialect coach for over 100 productions in the United States and Canada, both for the Shakespeare Theatre Company and other eminent companies. In addition, he has been a core faculty member of Canada's National Voice Intensive since 1994.