Shakespeare

The Longest Day: Traditions for the Summer Solstice

Take a moment to savor the summer delights and craft some new traditions while learning the legends of summer.

Ancient Stargazers

A Travel Guide to Shakespeare's London

By James Barter

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"...a colorful and lively period travel guide that provides glimpses into the life of this great city at the time of Queen Elizabeth, four hundred years ago. Travelers wishing to visit London are provided information about travel tips, the best inns for lodging, great food in taverns or pubs, and guided tours of London's oldest and most historically significant architecture. Interspersed within the guide are recommendations for daily cultural and entertaining activities as well as day trips outside of the city."

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Shakespeare's Theater

By Jacqueline Morley

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"History and architecture combine to bring the past to life. Filled with full-color, cut-away illustrations and informative text, each volume looks at a single structure and the everyday life of the people who built them ... and enjoyed them."

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Shakespeare

By Peter Chrisp

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This richly illustrated book, part of DK's Eyewitness series, presents the life and work of Shakespeare and gives information about the theater of 16th-century London.

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One Day in Shakespeare's England

By Avis Murton Carter

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From the poor to the tradesmen to the very rich, follow the everyday lives of people in the year 1600. 48 pages.

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The Tragedy of King Lear

By William Shakespeare

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A king foolishly divides his kingdom between his two scheming eldest daughters and estranges himself from the daughter who loves him. So begins this profoundly moving and disturbing tragedy that, perhaps more than any other work in literature, challenges the notion of a coherent and just universe.
Banned from the English stage from 1788-1820 out of respect to King George III's alleged insanity.
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A Brave Vessel by Hobson Woodward

The subtitle of A Brave Vessel by Hobson Woodward says it all: The True Tale of the Castaways Who Rescued Jamestown and Inspired Shakespeare's The Tempest. The voyage of the Sea Venture, May to July, 1609, featured an encounter with a perfect storm that flung the little boat ashore on the island of Bermuda instead of its intended destination, the fledgling colony at Jamestown.

The author is a credible historian (the text is fleshed out with ample notes and an extensive bibliography) with a novelist's skill at telling a story enlived with fleshed out characters, dramatic  tension, and pacing that make it a true page turner. One of the Sea Venture's passengers was William Strachey, a writer whose extensive chronicle of the castaways' experiences of the desert island was widely circulated on his successful return to England and clearly was familiar to Shakespeare who apparently wrote his play while the news was still fresh.

Who were these people?  How did they survive?  How did they hand build a boat capable of getting them up to Jamestown and what did they find when they arrived?  What elements did Shakespeare incorporate into his play?  Fascinating reading, with an amazing finish.

Me and Orson Welles

By Robert Kaplow

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It is 1937, and Richard Samuels, a New Jersey teenager while wandering through Manhattan, lands the role of Lucius in Julius Caesar. This is a coming of age story revolving around the young teen and the show's star Orson Welles.
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The Wednesday Wars

By Gary D. Schmidt

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During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in. 

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