Shakespeare's Soliloquies

Shakespeare's Soliloquies

Shakespeare's Soliloquies

Shakespeare's Soliloquies

Synopsis

This small collection of books originally published over sixty years brings back into print some valuable works. As well as examining the art of Dickens' writing, the emphasis is on the social and political background of his times and the influence this had on his work.

Excerpt

This little book, which was originally published in German, is conceived as an introduction to Shakespeare’s soliloquies in all their complexity. By presenting a selection of some twenty-odd passages, followed by detailed commentary, it tries to convey an idea of Shakespeare’s stagecraft, his exceptional theatrical judgement and his evocative use of poetic language. The extracts cover all periods and genres of his work but, due to its confined scope, this study obviously cannot claim to be anything like a systematic and comprehensive presentation of all the important types of soliloquy in Shakespeare’s drama. This book is intended not only for the student of Renaissance drama but also for theatre practitioners and for the general reader. It aims to provide some insight into individual aspects of Shakespeare’s verbal and dramatic art as well as offering some suggestions for further ways of looking at the themes, motifs and characterization of the plays under discussion.

No attempt has been made, however, to incorporate a critical discussion of the vast secondary literature on each play, although the notes do refer the reader to a selection of relevant publications. As this study is meant to be an introduction and also seeks to meet the needs of the general . . .

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