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Gibbons, Brian 1938-

Overview
Works: 88 works in 446 publications in 2 languages and 6,923 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Comedy plays  Tragedies (Drama)  Juvenile works  Poetry  Outlines and syllabi  Pastoral drama  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Publishing director
Classifications: PR2831.A2, 822.33
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Publications about Brian Gibbons
Publications by Brian Gibbons
Most widely held works by Brian Gibbons
The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare( Book )
92 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,565 libraries worldwide
"Romeo and Juliet is the most famous love story of all time." "The play sets the jewel of young romantic love in the mud of a bustling, realistically drawn society. Then, with tragic inevitability, it shows it being destroyed." "This is a new edition prepared by English Touring Theatre's Artistic Director Stephen Unwin and actor Michael Cronin, which radically simplifies both punctuation and stage direction, allowing directors, actors and readers to approach this most familiar of plays with a fresh and open mind."--Jacket
Measure for measure by William Shakespeare( Book )
29 editions published between 1990 and 2012 in English and held by 1,001 libraries worldwide
"Since the rediscovery of Elizabethan stage conditions early this century, admiration for Measure for Measure has steadily risen. It is now a favourite with the critics and has attracted widely different styles of performance. At one extreme, the play is seen as a religious allegory; at the other, it has been interpreted as a comedy protesting against power and privilege. Brian Gibbons focuses on the unique tragi-comic experience of watching the play, the intensity and excitement offered by its dramatic rhythm, the reversals and surprises which shock the audience even to the end. His introduction considers how the play's critical reception and stage history have varied according to prevailing social, moral and religious issues, which have remained highly sensitive. This updated edition contains a new introductory section by Angela Stock, which describes recent stage, film and critical interpretations, and an updated reading list."--Jacket
Jacobean city comedy; a study of satiric plays by Jonson, Marston, and Middleton by Brian Gibbons( Book )
19 editions published between 1968 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 902 libraries worldwide
The revenger's tragedy by Cyril Tourneur( Book )
49 editions published between 1967 and 2013 in English and held by 773 libraries worldwide
"The Revenger's Tragedy is an intense tragic burlesque. Its hero, Vindice, desires to avenge the death of his betrothed. Operating in disguises he provokes discord among his enemies so that they plot against each other. It is an anonymous masterpiece (the play was entered in the Stationer's Register on 7th October 1607 without an author being named) produced at a crucial phase in Jacobean theatre with Hamlet, The Malcontent, Measure for Measure, Volpone, and King Lear all recently performed. Written with vivid imagery, the play contains energetic, high-spirited action and brooding, slow-paced scenes on the subjects of death, revenge and evil, culminating in an unexpected ironic climax."
Shakespeare and multiplicity by Brian Gibbons( Book )
16 editions published between 1993 and 2006 in English and held by 461 libraries worldwide
Brian Gibbons presents the idea of multiplicity as a way of understanding the form and style of Shakespeare's plays: composed of many different codes, woven together in a unique pattern for each play, rather than variations on the fixed notion of comedy or tragedy. The method of this book is comparison, using an imaginative range of texts and a variety of new approaches, and there is lively discussion of modern stage performance. The study selects plays from different phases of Shakespeare's career. Comparison with major works by Spenser, Sidney and Marlowe is an important feature, while Shakespeare's re-use of his own previous work further demonstrates his artistic decision-making in action and suggests how he himself saw his own earlier plays and poems. Far from reducing the plays to a formula, Brian Gibbons shows how criticism can make articulate what popular audiences have always instinctively known, that the plays' sheer abundance and variety is their strength. This is an original book: it is scholarly, yet straightforward and lively, and it engages an issue of central interest
Jacobean city comedy by Brian Gibbons( Book )
15 editions published between 1968 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 414 libraries worldwide
The way of the world by William Congreve( Book )
43 editions published between 1971 and 2005 in English and held by 353 libraries worldwide
In this expressionistic Restoration comedy man is depicted in a distorted exaggerated fashion in order to make fun of ambition, nobility, idealism and government. It explores the battle for wealth and fortune as well as the search for security and constancy in courtship. This was a major influence on the theatre of the absurd
The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster( Book )
11 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 280 libraries worldwide
"The Duchess of Malfi is one of the major tragedies of the early modern period and remains popular in the theatre as well as in the classroom. The story of the Duchess{8217}s secret marriage and the cruel revenge of her brothers has fascinated and appalled audiences for centuries. This new Arden edition offers readers a comprehensive, illustrated introduction to the play{8217}s historical, critical and performance history. The text is modernized and edited to the highest scholarly standards, with textual notes and commentary notes on the same page for ease of reference. Editor Leah Marcus is a Professor at Vanderbilt University. The Duchess of Malfi is one of the major tragedies of the early modern period and remains popular in the theatre as well as in the classroom. The story of the Duchess{8217}s secret marriage and the cruel revenge of her brothers has fascinated and appalled audiences for centuries. This new Arden edition offers readers a comprehensive, illustrated introduction to the play{8217}s historical, critical and performance history. The text is modernized and edited to the highest scholarly standards, with textual notes and commentary notes on the same page for ease of reference. The Duchess of Malfi is one of the major tragedies of the early modern period and remains popular in the theatre as well as in the classroom. The story of the Duchess{8217}s secret marriage and the cruel revenge of her brothers has fascinated and appalled audiences for centuries. This new Arden edition offers readers a comprehensive, illustrated introduction to the play{8217}s historical, critical and performance history. The text is modernized and edited to the highest scholarly standards, with textual notes and commentary notes on the same page for ease of reference."--Publisher's description
Elizabethan and Jacobean comedies ( Book )
4 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 164 libraries worldwide
Elizabethan and Jacobean tragedies ( Book )
6 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and held by 160 libraries worldwide
Four plays by Christopher Marlowe( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 77 libraries worldwide
The winter's tale by William Shakespeare( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 34 libraries worldwide
This romance revolves around a theme that occupied Shakespeare later in life: reconciliation. Wrongs committed by one generation, here a wife unjustly accused of adultery, are made right by the next generation
All's well that ends well by William Shakespeare( Book )
3 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 33 libraries worldwide
The King of France gives Helena the hand of any man she wants in marriage, but the one she chooses, Bertram, flees to Tuscany, and she must use her wits to get him back. Includes an introduction, notes, and discussion of the theatrical world of Shakespeare
The growplan gardening guide by Brian Gibbons( Book )
2 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 31 libraries worldwide
The new Cambridge Shakespeare by William Shakespeare( Book )
30 editions published between 1984 and 2001 in English and held by 29 libraries worldwide
The poems by William Shakespeare( Book )
2 editions published between 1992 and 2006 in English and held by 27 libraries worldwide
"This is a fully annotated edition of all the poems which can be confidently assigned to Shakespeare, excluding the Sonnets. It contains Venus and Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece, The Phoenix and the Turtle, The Passionate Pilgrim, and A Lover's Complaint. John Roe's introduction to the two long narrative poems examines their place within the classical and Renaissance European traditions, comparing Shakespeare's poetry with that of Ovid, Livy, Chaucer, Ariosto, Marlowe, and Daniel in the light of Neoplatonic influences and courtly style." "Some of these issues extend into the discussion of the various ways of reading The Phoenix and the Turtle. The Passionate Pilgrim is a miscellany of twenty sonnets and lyrics, containing only five poems which are certain to be Shakespeare's. John Roe analyses the interesting enigma of the publisher's role in preparing the collection and the conditions in which it was produced. Evidence for and against Shakespeare's authorship of A Lover's Complaint is weighed. A reassessment of the much-debated question of the poem's genre concludes that it is best treated as a narrative in the 'complaint' mode."--Jacket
Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare( Book )
4 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 23 libraries worldwide
Mark Antony is supposed to be ruling the eastern Roman Empire. However, he is carrying on a torrid affair in Egypt with Cleopatra. The death of his wife, Fulvia, and the threat of a war brings him back to Rome
The tragedy of King Richard the Second by William Shakespeare( Book )
3 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and held by 21 libraries worldwide
Presents the play and discusses its poetry, structure, political details, history, and the Shakespearean staging
Twelfth night; or, What you will by William Shakespeare( Book )
4 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in English and held by 21 libraries worldwide
Struggling to survive after a shipwreck, Viola disguises herself as a young soldier, complicating numerous relationships
Much ado about nothing by William Shakespeare( Book )
4 editions published between 1989 and 2008 in English and held by 21 libraries worldwide
"Young Claudio has fallen for the lovely heiress Hero. The path to the alter seems smooth until the evil Don John decides to intervene."
 
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Alternative Names
Gibbons, Brian
Gibbons, Brian Ch. 1938-
Gibbons, Brian Charles 1938-
Languages
English (332)
Italian (1)
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