The Shakespeare Handbooks provide a helpful, straightforward guide to the work of the world's most celebrated dramatist. Along with a clear, easy-to-follow description of the plot, each book contains plenty of quotations from the text - with simple explanations of any unfamiliar words and phrases - and some thought-provoking comments from critics, past and present. The Shakespeare Handbooks include a few intriguing Shakespearean facts and figures, too. How old was Shakespeare when he wrote Othello? Which word is used more frequently in this play than in any other by Shakespeare? What did George Bernard Shaw, W. H. Auden and Laurence Olivier think of the play? And what was remarkable about the performance of Margaret Hughes as Desdemona in 1660?
If you're apprehensive about approaching a Shakespeare play, the Shakespeare Handbooks provide the perfect introduction. They're ideal for students, theatregoers - in fact, anyone curious to know more about the greatest plays in the English language.
These are a few of the appreciative comments we've received about the Shakespeare Handbooks:
"Tremendously useful in helping to understand Shakespeare's works" - Dame Judi Dench.
"Very readable, very helpful" - Kenneth Branagh.
"The Shakespeare Handbooks open the plays up admirably. Excellent for all levels of reader - everybody will get something from them." - Simon Callow.
Alistair McCallum grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon, and was a regular visitor to the town's Royal Shakespeare Theatre from an early age. He later studied English Literature at Jesus College, Cambridge. Since graduating, he has worked as a teacher, editor and writer.