Friday, October 8, 2010

Annotated Bib. Fun Fun 2000-2005. Absolute Shakespeare. 6 October 2010
            I found this online study guide on Absolute Shakespeare. There are links to the plot summary, commentary, characters, character analysis, and an essay about The Tempest. If you look to the side it shows that there are study guides for other Shakespeare plays. The site would be helpful to high school or college students that need help understanding the play or studying for a test. I’m sure that there are teachers whom would recommend the site to their students.
Ackroyd, Peter. Shakespeare: The Biography. New York: Doubleday, 2005
            This book is a Biography of Shakespeare’s life found in our very own library. When looking at the contents page it seems that Achroyd puts the chapter titles in Shakespeare’s words as if he is the narrator. When trying to find information on Shakespeare it is smart to find a few different biography’s because each copy will have not only the same info but a few may have different pieces of information which is why there is controversy on if Shakespeare actually wrote Shakespeare.

Graff, Gerald, ed.; Phelan, James, ed. The Tempest. Boston, New York: Bedford/St. Martin,
            This is the book that was required for my Shakespeare class. It has a modern version of Shakespeare’s play The Tempest. The book is also a case study in critical controversy, meaning there are plenty of essays in the back that critically view this particular play. All the essays are broken down in to chapters that fit the essays compared to the time period the play was written. This contains the chapter Shakespeare and the Power of Order which contains essay’s by Frank Kermode, Reuben A. Br
ower, and Leah Marcus.
Kernan, Alvin. Shakespeare, the Kings Playwright Theater in the Stuart Court. New Haven,                     London: Yale University Press, 1995.
            Alvin Kernan focuses on the writers that were working in times when the literary system was changing. “This social history would be incomplete without a study of at least some aspects of writing in the country, patronage setting from which modern literature emerged, first in Italy in the time of Dante and Petrarch and then during the age of kings. Shakespeare, the King’s Playwright is designed to fill this gap.” This book gives us some history about what was going on when Shakespeare’s plays were first preformed. The preface gives more i
nformation about why the book was written and why the author did some of the things he did. I found this book in the VCSU library.
Muir, Kenneth, ed., Shakespeare: The Comedies. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1965
            This particular book talks about the end of The Tempest where the hero forgives his enemies and they all ride home together on the same ship as if nothing ever happened. The
author Muir tries to find a reason behind it along with how the play is a Comedy. He also compares the themes in The Tempest to themes in other Shakespeare plays like, The Winter’s Tale, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pericles, and Cymbeline. I found this book in the VCSU library

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