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Your complete introduction to Shakespeare
William Shakespeare has been hailed as one of the greatest thinkers of all time, one of the world’s finest artists, poets and dramatists.

Shakespeare: A Complete Introduction introduces and explains the plays by looking at how they work, taking you on a journey through the genres of comedy, history and tragedy. The best known and most popular plays are discussed in detail and even plays in which Shakespeare may have had only the briefest creative and collaborative interest as a writer, get at least a mention.

With material on his poetry and discussions on aspects of his life too, this truly is a complete introduction to Shakespeare.

‘A very lively and enthusiastic introduction to the full range of Shakespeare’s plays’ John Drakakis, Professor of English, University of Stirling

‘A masterpiece of the genre, written as it is with passion, without condescension, without jargon, thoughtful and open to changing critical theories, but always returning to the plays themselves, plays that fully reveal themselves most in performance.’ Martin Wine, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Reviews

A very lively and enthusiastic introduction to the full range of Shakespeare's plays. I can think of no better way to encounter the issues that these plays raise and the possibilities that they offer for performance. Michael Scott's wholly admirable strategy is to focus on particular issues that the plays raise, to incorporate into his discussions some aspects of the latest scholarship, and to provide pathways through the texts with a firm eye on the reader's and the spectator's enjoyment.
John Drakakis, Professor of English, University of Stirling
A masterpiece of the genre, written as it is with passion, without condescension, without jargon, thoughtful and open to changing critical theories, but always returning to the plays themselves, plays that fully reveal themselves most in performance.
Martin Wine, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)