THE WORLDS OF SHAKESPEARE by

THE WORLDS OF SHAKESPEARE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An unusual approach, put into concrete form for practical application, this presents in his own words the many facets of Shakespeare's unique genius, as e moves from lyric romance to comedy, from tragedy to buffoonery, from melodrama to farce. To this end, two ""worlds"" of the many he represents, have been chosen, the world of love"" and ""the world of music""- and careful selection of brief scenes from the plays suggests the editors' intent. There is the comic scene in which enry V woos the French Katherine of Valois; the pastoral love scene between osalind and Orlando; the lying approach to Anne made by Richard III; the poetic cstasy of the scene between Miranda and Ferdinand; the tragic finale between thello and Desdemona. The representation of the ""world of music"" while perhaps ore moving is less easy to follow in the written- rather than the spoken- word. For Shakespeare wrote first to be heard, and while his songs and his poems are nexcelled, the genius of his mastery of words comes through whether in the whole the parts. Scene after scene has been excerpted, with a small measure of lision and abridgement, still holding to Shakespeare's own words. Only the flash of introduction -- as the two players shift their simple props to take on new personalities- is in the words of the two talented writer-editors. These dialogues have been used with a high degree of success in a series of productions put on in schools, colleges and so on. Now in printed form, their expanded use will provide new introduction to Shakespeare, though this reader rather questions a wide general reading public.

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 1963
Publisher: utton