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Living with Shakespeare: Actors, Directors, and Writers on Shakespeare in Our Time
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Living with Shakespeare: Actors, Directors, and Writers on Shakespeare in Our Time Susannah Carson Why Shakespeare What explains our continued fascination with his poems and plays In Living with Shakespeare, Susannah Carson invites forty actors, directors, scholars, and writers to reflect on why his work is still such a vital part of our culture.We hear from James Earl Jones on reclaiming Othello as a tragic hero, Julie Taymor on turning Prospero into Prospera, CamillWhy Shakespeare What explains our continued fascination with his poems and plays In Living with Shakespeare, Susannah Carson invites forty actors, directors, scholars, and writers to reflect on why his work is still such a vital part of our culture.We hear from James Earl Jones on reclaiming Othello as a tragic hero, Julie Taymor on turning Prospero into Prospera, Camille Paglia on teaching the plays to actors, F Murray Abraham on gaining an audience s sympathy for Shylock, Sir Ben Kingsley on communicating Shakespeare s ideas through performance, Germaine Greer on the playwright s home life, Dame Harriet Walter on the complexity of his heroines, Brian Cox on social conflict in his time and ours, Jane Smiley on transposing King Lear to Iowa in A Thousand Acres, and Sir Antony Sher on feeling at home in Shakespeare s language Together these essays provide a fresh appreciation of Shakespeare s works as a living legacy to be read, seen, performed, adapted, revised, wrestled with, and embraced by creative professionals and lay enthusiasts alike.. Living with Shakespeare Actors Directors and Writers on Shakespeare in Our Time Why Shakespeare What explains our continued fascination with his poems and plays In Living with Shakespeare Susannah Carson invites forty actors directors scholars and writers to reflect on why hi
  • Title: Living with Shakespeare: Actors, Directors, and Writers on Shakespeare in Our Time
  • Author: Susannah Carson
  • ISBN: 9780307743404
  • Page: 345
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    1. Brian says:

      Living with Shakespeare is a book that should be valuable to lovers of the Bard For the most part it is, and the idea of asking imminent writers, actors, scholars, directors, etc to write something about Shakespeare and then compiling those articles into a single text is a nice idea.The text opens with a characteristic Intro written by Harold Bloom The intro tends to be about Mr Bloom than Mr Shakespeare, and it is both frustrating and interesting to read So typical of Harold Bloom, there shoul [...]

    2. Carl Brookins says:

      Living With Shakespeare edited by Susannah CarsonA 2013 Vintage Original release from Random House 493 pages.A very long time ago, my parents collaborated to make to me a gift of a beautiful book that my father originally acquired in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1928 The Complete Dramatic and, Poetic Works of William Shakespeare, was compiled and discussed by Professor Frederick D Losey of Harvard The book was published in 1926 by The John C Winston Company of Philadelphia and Chicago It is a beautiful [...]

    3. Amy Or says:

      For people interested in Shakespeare, this is an interesting read It interviews people who in their career has direct relations with the Bard, either acting or producing his plays While some of them are mundane in emphasizing the importance of the Bard, some did a great job in examining Shakespeare s language, giving their perspective on how things should be interpreted and how the works and words should be treated in a present day society when kingdoms are sparse and leaders can t really readil [...]

    4. Terence says:

      Living With Shakespeare is a collection of essays by various folk, ranging from academics and authors to actors and directors, and even a scientist, about their relationship with WS As you would expect, some were very interesting others, not Most fell between those two extremes What follows is not a review per se but rather a collection of thoughts and impressions I jotted down as I finished reading each piece It s fascinating what people discover when they tangle with the Bard Foreword, Harold [...]

    5. Caroline says:

      I enjoyed this book, especially the essays by actors James Earl Jones on interpreting Othello is particularly brilliant.Maxine Hong Kingston s excerpt from a short story she wrote in 1977 1977 is striking totally aside from any points she makes about trying to teach them Romeo and Juliet, because I do imagine these kids in her English class grew up to be Trump voterst because of her assessments of their intelligence but because of their unexamined uninformed opinions stubbornly held in the face [...]

    6. Lori says:

      Great essays from those who know the most about performing or directing or writing about Shakespeare.

    7. John Turner says:

      A fascinating book for all Shakespeare fans, actors, directors, all people who enjoy working on Shakespearean productions and those who love to watch and hear them

    8. Matt says:

      Some essays have merit, but often, these are pretty self indulgent and boring A few gems in the rough.

    9. Julia says:

      If you are directing or playing Othello, or teaching it, please buy this book and try James Earl Jones interpretation in The Sun God It sounds amazing I want to see this interpretation Ralph Fiennes directed Coriolanus as a film and I haven t gotten around to seeing it yet Similarly, Julie Taymor discusses her film of The Tempest, which very much makes me want to see it too F Murray Abraham talks about playing Shylock on tour and how each house had its own personality and colored the performance [...]

    10. Jo says:

      A collection of essays written by various actors, directors and writers Each person discusses their experiences with the Bard and what Shakespeare means to them Very interesting.

    11. Chris Craddock says:

      A young lad went to see a production of Hamlet and when asked for his reaction he replied, I found Hamlet to be riddled with cliches The story may be apocryphal, but it illustrates that so many of the sayings and phrases in Shakespeare have been repeated ad infinitum so that they have become cliches, though they certainly weren t at the time This is just one of the many things about the Bard to be found in Living with Shakespeare, a collection of essays about what Shakespeare meant to various ac [...]

    12. Jenny says:

      This an excellent, well chosen collection of essays My favorites are those written by actors and directors, especially the stage actors, because they work directly with Shakespeare, engaging him in conversation, and bringing his characters to life The writers have interesting insights and produced well written of course essays, but their interaction with Shakespeare fell a little flat in comparison The academic essays, the analyses of Shakespeare s works, were by far my least favorites They felt [...]

    13. Janet says:

      I would recommend this marvelous book to anyone who has an interest in Shakespeare Not only are the many essays insightful, some are deeply personal The contributors run the gamut from actors who have been knighted for their brilliant contributions to comic book writers to novelists to critics Each in its own way sheds new light on one or plays or characters Everyone will have their own favorite essays, but the following are what stick in my mind I felt privileged to read Ben Kingsley s reflect [...]

    14. Kyle says:

      It s like Orlando says in As You Like It, I take some joy to read about what Shakespeare is, because I would be thinking of him Clearly the authors, artists and scholars pulled together to make this collection have varying attitudes towards the playwright and poet Some were enthralled, others were overflowing with praise particularly Harold Bloom, and what a sea change it has been for me since The Invention of the Human first came out, not so much for him , and quiet a few had nothing than a tr [...]

    15. Melissa says:

      4.5 stars.A very good range of essays on Shakespeare as man, playwright, and the plays as entities separate from their author by actors, directors, scholars, and writers similar to the breadth in her volume of essays on Austen.There is a 40 page essay by James Earl Jones about setting Othello that would probably have great merit for an actor somewhat less for the lay reader, I wasn t as interested in that level of nitty gritty My favorite is by Harriet Walter known to Janeites as Fanny Dashwood [...]

    16. Frank Roberts says:

      As a card carrying Bardolater, this book was like catnip to me A collection of essays by actors, writers, directors and others, each approaching some aspect of Shakespeare, ranging from Ralph Fiennes to James Earl Jones to Camille Paglia Some essays were stronger, compelling, or funnier, but overall they were all worth reading Shakespeare is like the Bible inexhaustible for new insights, new approaches, and new reading I left this book wanting to see all the performances referenced therein More [...]

    17. Teri-K says:

      OK, one of these essays I didn t even understand and a couple were only very loosely related to Shakespeare, but most of them were great Have you ever wondered how an actor approaches a part especially one of the Bard s Have you ever felt vaguely guilty that you love Shakespeare or think you should but sometimes you re not sure what he s saying Do you wish you knew someone else who was interested in him so you could sit around and chat about his work sometimes Then try this collection You may fi [...]

    18. Susan Paxton says:

      For some reason I was prepared to be unimpressed with this collection, probably because essays by actors were included and I m generally used to actors being complete and total buffoons I was very pleasantly surprised The many essays, by actors, directors, authors, and scholars, are to a very high standard and provide a plethora of interesting and entertaining views of the current Shakespearian world, from approaches to characters, trends in directing, adaptations in various media, and scholarly [...]

    19. Melanie says:

      So wonderful Could not recommend this book enough.

    20. Mills College Library says:

      822.33 L7859 2013

    21. Jill says:

      Find this book Open it to any page Read it Enjoy the vibrant writing Be sparked by a thousand ideas for your own work

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