Discover the fascinating life and times of one of history's greatest playwrights.
Here is an original and exciting guide to the daily life, heady successes, and remarkable works of a talented playwright. Spectacular full-color photographs of costumes, jewels, sackbuts, violas, trapdoors, and actors offer a unique "eyewitness" view of William Shakespeare, his patrons at the royal court, and the birth of modern theater in Europe. See Shakespeare's family homes and haunts, famous Elizabethan actors and playwrights, an amazing cutaway reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe Theater, how actors faked a beheaded body. Learn where Shakespeare found his best sources of inspiration, why heroines were played by boy actors, why players needed a protector, how to stage a swordfight, who stinkards were. Discover how fashion-conscious people dressed, how Elizabethans performed startling stage effects, friends and foes in cutthroat London, the highlights of Shakespeare's comedies, tragedies, Roman plays, history plays, and romances, and much, much more.
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William Shakespeare was born into an utterly fascinating time and place: 16th-century England. Eyewitness Books brings this era alive in the spectacular, modestly titled Shakespeare. Crammed with vivid photos of replicas and actual items from Shakespeare's time, the oversized volume shares with readers everything they ever wanted to know (and some things they probably didn't want to know) about the Bard, from details of his birthplace to descriptions of Queen Elizabeth's court (and clothing) to an explanation of how actors portrayed beheaded characters on stage. Curious readers will spend hour upon hour perusing this densely packed volume, and come away with a head full of knowledge about apple wives, the Globe Theatre, "nipping a bung" (purse snatching), the plague, bizarre face lotions, toothless bears, and religious conflict, not to mention a bit about Shakespeare's plays. Eyewitness: Shakespeare joins stacks of other fine Eyewitness titles, including Ancient Greece, Presidents, and Time & Space. (Ages 10 and older) --Emilie CoulterFrom School Library Journal:
Grade 5-10-A look at a variety of topics pertaining to Elizabethan society in general and to Shakespeare's life in particular. Each spread sports a short introduction accompanied by numerous captioned photos and reproductions of places, people, and objects. Text and illustrations combine to enable readers to acquire a quick understanding of many interesting details that might be either overlooked or lost in a more standard prose text. For example, there are close-up photos of beautifully embroidered gloves and intricate carvings on a child's chair, items owned by wealthy Elizabethans. In addition, there is information that is sure to appeal to readers who might mistakenly regard Elizabethans as "stuffy," such as the fact that they "kicked footballs made from inflated pigs' bladders" or that "coneycatchers" (gamblers who cheated) were commonplace. The text and illustrations are superb, and the thorough index makes the material readily accessible. However, some may find that the order of topics isn't always logical. For instance, the spread on "Science and superstition" seems out of place between the explanations of Shakespeare's plays and a discussion of his return to Stratford. Nevertheless, the overall usefulness of the title, both for browsing as well as for reference purposes, outweighs this minor problem. A good companion to Shakespeare's plays and to standard nonfiction works, this title will also be of interest to those who, having read novels such as Gary Blackwood's Shakespeare's Scribe (Dutton, 2000), wish to learn more about the Bard's life and times.
Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI
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Book Description DK Children, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M078948336X
Book Description DK Children, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11078948336X
Book Description DK CHILDREN, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX078948336X