A Theatergoer's Guide to Shakespeare's Characters

A Theatergoer's Guide to Shakespeare's Characters

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By Fallon's (emeritus, English, La Salle U., Philadelphia) estimation, there are some 800 characters in all of Shakespeare's plays. Since this book is intended as an approachable and readable guide to Shakespeare's characters, and not as an encyclopedic listing of them, Fallon has chosen to profile only 60 characters that he considers the most important, interesting, and popular. Each character profile is constructed as an informal, rather than a scholarly, essay, with a minimum of footnotes, jargon, and arcane debates about the differences between folios. Instead, Fallon outlines the plot in which the character participates, analyzes his motives, and gives insight into his character. The book is primarily intended for someone only casually acquainted with Shakespeare's works. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
In A Theatergoer's Guide to Shakespeare's Characters, Robert Thomas Fallon explores the world of characters created by the Bard. Like his earlier Guides to the plots and themes of Shakespeare's plays, this new book is designed to enhance the playgoer's enjoyment of a performance, but it also makes for enlightening reading after the show. Intended for the general reader, it is written in a plain but not inelegant English and avoids the specialized language of the theater and the academy.
Mr. Fallon has chosen some sixty of Shakespeare's figures to examine. With few exceptions, they are the ones that modern theatergoers are most likely to encounter in performance. But some lesser-known characters are also offered for their inherent interest and their example of Shakespeare's "Infinite variety." Mr. Fallon locates each of them in the story of their play, relates them to other characters, shows how they change (or don't), and sums up their character and nature. Readers of his other Guides know they will find in Characters an entertaining and useful appraisal.

Natl Book Network
In his customary jargon-free style, Mr. Fallon examines sixty prominent characters from Shakespeare's plays. He locates each of them in the story of their play, relates them to other characters, shows how they change (or don't), and sums up their character and nature. "This book is as handy as they come...distilled without being dunderheaded-reader-friendly in the extreme."–American Theatre (on A Theatergoer's Guide to Shakespeare).

Publisher: Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, [2004]
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9781566635707
Branch Call Number: 822.33 Efc
Characteristics: xvii, 301 pages ; 24 cm


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