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John Barrymore, Shakespearean actor

Author: Michael A Morrison
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Series: Cambridge studies in American theatre and drama, 10.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book begins with two assumptions: first, that Shakespeare wrote scripts for actors and audiences, not texts for readers; and second, that we can best appreciate how Shakespeare's scripts create dramatic meaning by attempting to visualize their performances in the theatrical settings for which they were originally created, the Theatre and the Globe."--BOOK JACKET. "The shape of the thrust stage, with its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Film adaptations
Biography
Named Person: John Barrymore; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; John Barrymore, Schauspieler 1882-1942.
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael A Morrison
ISBN: 0521620287 9780521620284 0521629799 9780521629799
OCLC Number: 36549135
Description: xvi, 398 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. From Fiction to Reality: Character and Stagecraft in The Taming of the Shrew --
3. Inner Plays and Mixed Responses in Love's Labor's Lost and A Midsummer Night's Dream --
4. Shylock, Antonio, and The Merchant of Venice in Performance --
5. Falstaff and the Theater of Subversion: The Audience as Thieves in I Henry IV --
6. Disabling Joy: Dramatic Structure and Audience Response in Twelfth Night --
7. Seeing and Believing: Audience Perception and the Character of Cressida in Performance --
8. "Get You a Place": Staging the "Mousetrap" at the Globe Theatre.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in American theatre and drama, 10.
Responsibility: Michael A. Morrison.
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Tracing the Victorian and Edwardian antecedents of Shakespearean performance, this 1997 book situates Barrymore's distinctive contribution in light of past and ensuing tradition.  Read more...

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