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What Would Shakespeare Do?

What Would Shakespeare Do?
Your Price: $16.00 CDN
Author: Jess Winfield
Publisher: Ulysses Press
Format: Hardcover
# of Pages: 144
Pub. Date: 2000
Edition: 1569752257
ISBN-10: 9781569752258

About the Book:

The works of Shakespeare are rocket-boosters to the brain and better therapy than self-help books. Using the same blend of history, drama, and earthy human that is found in Shakespeare's work, the book What Would Shakespeare Do? explores sex and love, morals and the meaning of life, and other ideas that resonate today.

In three dozen plays and 150 sonnets, William Shakespeare probed the human spirit with unparalleled insight. What Would Shakespeare Do? uncovers for the modern reader all the personal advice contained in the Bard's immortal words. Using the same blend of history, drama, and earthy humour that characterizes Shakespeare's work, Jess Winfield, co-author of the stage comedy The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), explores ideas that still resonate today: sex and love, youth and aging, morals and the meaning of life. This breezy popularization makes Shakespeare as digestible as any personal advice column. Each page features a question about a modern-day dilemma followed by a quote from Shakespeare and an illuminating commentary by the author. Whether read as a diversion for the Shakespeare buff, an imaginative self-help book, or a unique introduction to the Bard, What Would Shakespeare Do? proves true the words of Ben Jonson that Shakespeare "was not of an age but for all time."

What people say:

"To say that Jess Winfield knows his Shakespeare is laughable understatement. Upside down — boy, he knows him, inside out, and round and round." — The New York Times

About the Author:

Jess Winfield is an American novelist and television writer. As a literature student at UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley, he forsook scholarly detachment and took to the stage, eventually co-founding the Reduced Shakespeare Company and co-creating the hit show The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), a two-hour distillation of all 37 plays that premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987. The show became an international sensation, leading to multiple world tours and played 14 years in London's West End. After leaving the RSC, he spent ten years writing and producing award-winning cartoons for the Walt Disney Company. He lives in Los Angeles.