Shakespeare Returns!

Posted Jun 1, 2018

Stone Soup Shakespeare returns on Saturday, June 9th at 6:00 PM for a performance of The Taming of the Shrew.  Join us then on the library lawn, but in the meantime check out some of these titles to learn more about William Shakespeare and his influence around the globe:

Shakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups: Everything You Need to Know About the Bard by E. Foley and B. Coates

Learn more about William Shakespeare in this easily accessible and engaging guide perfect for casual theater-goers, general readers, and those looking for a refresher.  British co-authors Foley and Coates provide a brief synopsis of Shakespeare’s major works as well as information on historical context, key quotations, and language and style.  They also provide insight into Shakespeare’s key influences, a general overview of the Bard’s life and times, and a review of modern day Shakespearean adaptations.  Plus, there’s a sixty question quiz at the end of the book for readers to test their knowledge.  Perfect for both novices and experts, Shakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups is thorough examination of Shakespeare and his works.

Shakespeare in Swahililand: In Search of a Global Poet by Edward Wilson-Lee

William Shakespeare is known around world, and has a particularly strong influence in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, and South Sudan.  While Victorian-led expeditions traversed the globe, both the colonizers and colonized experienced Shakespeare’s work as it was being published.  For example, Shakespeare’s writings were printed by slaves, and were some of the first texts translated into Swahili.  East Africa has grown tremendously in the past century and a half, and Kenyan-raised researcher Edward Wilson-Lee meets with theater directors, academics, soldiers, and aid workers to explore how Shakespeare’s works have shaped cultural development.  With academic skepticism and keen cultural perception, Wilson-Lee explores whether Shakespeare’s works are the remnants of imperialism or a voice of the people in this fascinating read.    

Shakespeare: The World as a Stage by Bill Bryson

William Shakespeare, poet, playwright, and actor, left the world with his life works, but there is little known about England’s National Poet as an individual.  Throughout the years, scholars and eccentrics have pulled together little information and developed theories about the Bard of Avon, but very little intelligence has been verified.  Bill Bryson tries to pull it all together.  He travels to Washington, D.C. where he visits the world’s largest collection of First Folios, and then recreates London during Shakespeare’s time, illustrating the culture, environment, theater, people involved, and the language they used.  Written with engaging style and tone, Bryson’s Shakespeare: The World as a Stage combines extensive research and captivating storytelling to recreate a glimpse of Shakespeare’s life.

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