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"Levi offers something both fresh and affirmingly traditional in this impressive study." ( Booklist)
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- Sniffy and Particular
That narrator is angry about something
I'm sure Wanda narrates very well in other contexts, but when this was recorded, she was giving it the bossy headmistress who is angry about something voice, and that is not what is needed. Somebody should have produced or directed this item with a greater thought. Shoddy Will be returning it.
- duke ponick
Shakespeare and His Works Turned Inside Out
This book takes as given that William Shakespeare, of Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, England was a real person and that he was the same person who conceived, wrote, revised, or collaborated with other identifiable persons with respect to the plays and literature within the Shakespeare canon. It deals in a credible way with the social and literary and political contexts of the period and their impacts on his works. It is not a superficial, glossy or pietistic treatment of the works or the man. It is the difference seeing a finished suit of clothes as outwardly put-on display versus turning it inside out to see how the suit was made and of what materials and who took part in the sewing. It dead point blank with the fact that only 18 of the 36 plays in the canon were in a public printed form before the First Folio of 1623 and that some of them appeared in markedly different versions sat different times at least 5 of the last 10 plays were acknowledged collaborations or revised by others. The morphology of the scripts and the reasons for them is a useful contribution to the ongoing controversy of the dating of the plays in practical terms. This is a 1989 book and does not deal with computer linguistics and attribution studies. The only downside to the audiobook is the performance. To my ear much to affected and at times unintelligible. I bought the hard cover book to read to help with those issues.
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