What's so friendly about William Shakespeare? If you're baffled by the Bard but want to know what's kept him on the A-list for four centuries--or even if you're already a fan--you'll find enlightment in this fun, irreverent, an readable guide to Shakespeare's plays, life, and times. Here are answers to questions like: Was Shakespeare murdered? What was the most popular theatre snack in Shakespeare's day? In what play does the most spit fly? At which play did T.S. Eliot scoff, "So far from being Shakespeare's masterpiece, the play is most certainly an artistic failure"? What was the real plot of Hamlet? What is a "leaping house," in Shakespearean slang? If someone calls you a "rampallian" or a "fustalarian," should you feel insulted?
"Brings the Bard to the masses, makes his plays accessible, and, well, provides fun for the reader."The New York Times.
Norrie Epstein has lectured extensively at the University of California, as well as the University of Rochester and Goucher College, covering almost every literary figure including, of course, Charles Dickens. She is the author of The Friendly Shakespeare.
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