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Living with Shakespeare : essays by writers, actors, and directors

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Summary
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, 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.

F. Murray Abraham ● Isabel Allende ● Cicely Berry ● Eve Best ● Eleanor Brown ● Stanley Cavell ● Karin Coonrod ● Brian Cox ● Peter David ● Margaret Drabble ● Dominic Dromgoole ● David Farr ● Fiasco Theater ● Ralph Fiennes ● Angus Fletcher ● James Franco ● Alan Gordon ● Germaine Greer ● Barry John ● James Earl Jones ● Sir Ben Kingsley ● Maxine Hong Kingston ● Rory Kinnear ● J. D. McClatchy ● Conor McCreery ● Tobias Menzies ● Joyce Carol Oates ● Camille Paglia ● James Prosek ● Richard Scholar ● Sir Antony Sher ● Jane Smiley ● Matt Sturges ● Julie Taymor ● Eamonn Walker ● Dame Harriet Walter ● Bill Willingham ● Jess Winfield
Contents
A little monkey business / Bill Willingham
Speaking Shakespeare / Sir Anthony Sher
Teaching Shakespeare to actors / Camille Paglia
The architecture of ideas / Sir Ben KIngsley
King Lear in retrospect / Cicely Berry
Method and madness / Tobias Menzies
Character and conundrum / Rory Kinnear
I know a hawk from a handsaw regardless of the weather, but that's pretty much it / Matt Sturges
The sun god / James Earl Jones
Othello in love / Eamonn Walker
Othello: a play in black and white / Barry John
Re-revising Shakespeare / Jess Winfield
"I say it is the moon" / Brian Cox
The question of Coriolanus / Ralph Fiennes
Trial by theatre, or, Free-thinking in Julius Caesar / Richard Scholar
Saying in The Merchant of Venice / Stanley Cavell
Searching for Shylock / F. Murray Abraham
Boldness be my friend / Fiasco Theater
Killing Shakespeare and making my play / Karin Coonrod
Playing Shakespeare at the Globe / Dominic Dromgoole
Tolstoy and the Shakespearean gesture / Angus Fletcher
The red scarf / J.D. McClatchy
Spring imagery in Warwickshire / Germaine Greer
What's in a name? or, Unnamed in the forest / James Prosek
The sea change / David Farr
Looking for Illyria / Alan Gordon
Shakespeare's siblings / Eleanor Brown
"A star danced" / Eve Best
Two loves, or, The eternal triangle / Dame Harriet Walter
Odd man out / Jane Smiley
The living drama / Dame Margaret Drabble
The tragedy of imagination in Antony and Cleopatra / Joyce Carol Oates
War and love / Maxine Hong Kingston
On the terrible and unexpected fate of the star-crossed lovers / Peter David
Shakespeare and four-colour magic / Conor McCreery
Rough magic / Julie Taymor
My Own Private River / James Franco
Enamoured with Shakespeare / Isabel Allende.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Novelist Isabel Allende keeps a volume of Shakespeare on her nightstand, where other people would keep a Bible. Literary critic Harold Bloom regards Shakespeare's poetry as the holy text for a secular religion, with Shakespeare himself as God. If Shakespeare has indeed become a deity, the exalted figure in a literary-cultural faith, then Carson has done readers a great service by collecting these 38 essays, revealing in their astonishing diversity how capacious, how protean, that faith has become. It is, as readers learn by listening to actor James Earl Jones, a faith that inspires us with the celestial force of Othello, whom Jones has nicknamed the Sun God. But is also a faith filled with ­frightening devils, as actor-director Ralph Fiennes reminds us, when he discusses the boundless wrath and withering misanthropy of Coriolanus. It is a faith compelling actor Brian Cox to wrestle with existential questions, yet one that allows author Jess Winfield to indulge in facetious wordplay. A cornucopia of delights for lovers of the Bard.--Christensen, Bryce Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this lively volume, an esteemed (and in many instances, famous) group of actors, directors, authors, academics, and others share insights and experiences about their relationship to Shakespeare's literary and dramatic inheritance. Editor Carson's eclecticism aims to break down the usual disciplinary borders and reduce the intimidating distance that often yawns between Shakespeare experts and general readers. The volume succeeds at this admirably across a compelling range of biographical accounts, actor's insights, and production notes. Minor and major contradictions across essays, rather than dismaying, tend to be thought-provoking. The essays include much justified reverence, but also some healthy questioning, as well as limited forays into cross-cultural dialogues. Contributors overwhelmingly skew to American and British practitioners, with the odd Canadian, Australian, and South African. As the editor's stated goal includes bringing together as many perspectives as possible, the nearly complete lack of non-native English speakers (Isabelle Allende proves the sole exception) is all the more disappointing. It would have been nice, for example, to hear from famed German director Tomas Ostermeier, whose extraordinary 2008 Schaubuhne production of Hamlet receives passing mention. That said, the collection is a consistently stimulating read, which goes a great way toward illuminating the degree to which we all live already-and can live even further-with Shakespeare. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Shakespeare, William, -- 1564-1616 -- Appreciation.
Shakespeare, William, -- 1564-1616 -- Influence.
Publisher New York :2013
Contributors Carson, Susannah.
Language English
Notes "A Vintage Books original"--Title page verso.
Includes index.
Description xxviii, 500 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780307742919 (pbk.)
0307742911 (pbk.)
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