This is Shakespeare / Emma Smith.

In this excerpt from her new book, This is Shakespeare (published Mar 31 in the United States), Emma Smith probes the biographical interpretations that readers have layered over Shakespeare’s plays, particularly The Tempest, and how that shapes what we think of as their chronology and the arc of Shakespeare’s life and career. Shakespeare scholar Emma Smith takes 20 chapters to discuss 20 different Shakespeare plays in her new book This Is Shakespeare, offering insights on key characters, plot twists, and performance challenges.The excerpt below, which focuses on the character of Falstaff and his physical description, comes from the chapter on 1 Henry IV, the play where Falstaff makes his first appearance. English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism. A THE TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019 The best introduction to the plays Ive read, perhaps the best book on Shakespeare, full stop Alex Preston, ObserverIt makes you impatient to see or re-read the plays at once Hilary Mantel A genius and prophet whose timeless … So, I'm trying to say these plays are really incomplete, and the thing that they need to complete them is us and our sort of inventiveness, our world, our experience. Free shipping and pickup in store on eligible orders. Edition: First United States edition. EMMA SMITH: Well, “gappiness” is just all this breathing space that there is in Shakespeare: all the things that we don't know, the space there is for our creativity. This is Shakespeare By Emma Smith Pelican, 368pp, £20.00 ISBN 9780241392157 Published 2 May 2019 So those gaps are not a negative. Publication: New York : Pantheon Books, [2019] Format/Description: Book 349 pages ; 22 cm Subjects: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation. Buy the Hardcover Book This Is Shakespeare by Emma Smith at Indigo.ca, Canada's largest bookstore. Shakespeare’s brilliance lies in all the stuff he left out Smith whizzes through 20 plays, focusing on whatever she believes are the most interesting questions, says William Moore William Moore

Author/Creator: Smith, Emma (Emma Josephine), author.

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