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The absent Shakespeare

Author: Mark Mirsky
Publisher: Rutherford, N.J. : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Building on recent textual studies of King Lear and Hamlet, which compare Folio and Quarto differences, Mirsky sees them not just as an opportunity to view the playwright revising toward more skillful staging, greater complexity of plot, and ambiguity of character. The process of revision also exposes a personal Shakespeare. Differences between Folio and Quarto texts show the growing sophistication of Shakespeare's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Mirsky, Mark.
Absent Shakespeare.
Rutherford, N.J. : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1994
(OCoLC)622086916
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Mirsky
ISBN: 0838635113 9780838635117
OCLC Number: 29600072
Description: 174 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. The Absent Shakespeare --
2. All the King's Daughters --
3. The Itch Revises --
4. Hamlet's Father --
5. The Shadow's Dance --
6. Macbeth's Child --
7. What Prospero Knows --
8. Shakespeare's Myth.
Responsibility: Mark Jay Mirsky.

Abstract:

Building on recent textual studies of King Lear and Hamlet, which compare Folio and Quarto differences, Mirsky sees them not just as an opportunity to view the playwright revising toward more skillful staging, greater complexity of plot, and ambiguity of character. The process of revision also exposes a personal Shakespeare. Differences between Folio and Quarto texts show the growing sophistication of Shakespeare's dramatic craft and reveal how the playwright changed as he matured. The book presents a dramatist maturing in time, grappling with incest, patricide, filicide, erotic love, and the inevitability of death. It finds this naked Shakespeare in Macbeth and The Tempest as well, expressed in the riddles of the plays. The author refers not only to the text of Shakespeare but also to the plays in performance - suggesting how the actor's reading and interpretation lay bare the intentions of the playwright on the stage.

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