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The play's the thing!

Jump into the life of Shakespeare and his work with this engaging, visual tour through the Bard's legacy! A section for each of Shakespeare's plays provides information about major themes, principal characters, action arranged by act and scene, a synopsis of plot, and information about each play's reputation and impact over the years. There's also information on the narrative poems, sonnets, and other works. Follows the text and chronology of the Complete Oxford Shakespeare. 352 pages, hardcover with dust jacket.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: DK
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 9.25 X 7.63 (inches)
ISBN: 1465429875
ISBN-13: 9781465429872
Series: Big Ideas Simply Explained

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The Shakespeare Book brings the work of William Shakespeare to life with full-color photography, images, idea webs, timelines, and quotes that help you understand the context of Shakespeare's plays and poems.

From Shakespeare's most-famous plays, such as Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar, to less-frequently performed works such as King John and Henry VIII, every play of the Shakespearean canon is collected in this comprehensive guide, along with his major poems and best-loved sonnets.

In The Shakespeare Book each play includes an at-a-glance guide to story chronology, so you can easily get back on track if you get lost in Shakespeare's language. Character guides provide a handy reference for casual readers and an invaluable resource for playgoers, and students writing reports on Shakespeare.

Packed with infographics and explanations of plots and including an introduction to Shakespeare's life and times, The Shakespeare Book is the ultimate guide to understanding the work of William Shakespeare.

Editorial Reviews

"Generous helpings of illustrations, time lines, plot diagrams, and character guides ensure that even readers in their 'salad days' will enjoy every dish at the Shakespearean feast." — Booklist

"Enlightening" — YA Book Central

"In this latest addition to the series, the Bard comes alive for young aficionados." — School Library Journal

"Countless volumes have been written about William Shakespeare and his work, but here is a single volume that has organized his plays (and some of his sonnets) in exactly what the subtitle says: 'Big Ideas Simply Explained…a must-have.'" — VOYA magazine

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