SHAKESPEARE AND HIS WORLD by Ivor Brown
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SHAKESPEARE AND HIS WORLD

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Mr. Brown's most recent book was How Shakespeare Spent the Day which we recommended in our Young Adult pages (1964 p. 122, J-50). Shakespeare and His World makes an excellent companion volume for younger readers and students for the author concentrates on making the Elizabethan milieu visible. Each page has one or more good-sized reproductions in black and white of contemporary portraits, engravings, woodcuts, maps and artifacts. Mr. Brown, a recognized authority on Shakespeare and his era, has kept in mind the attention spans of students. His text is brief and brisk. His selections of illustrations are expert in that they catch at reader curiosity and lead into his explanations of the Court, the commoners, the professionals and the merchants who made up the audience Shakespeare wrote and played to. Manners, dress, furnishings and architecture are also given visual and textual, coverage. Together with the author's previously mentioned book and the recent Horison Caravel title, Shakespeare's England (p. 120, J-48), beginners have some beautiful, as well as sound, materials with which to bone up on The Bard.

Pub Date: Aug. 26th, 1964
Publisher: Walck