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Shakespeare 400 Chicago

As one of the world’s largest celebrations of William Shakespeare’s legacy draws to a close, Shakespeare 400 Chicago is captured in this collection of essays. Readers are invited to experience the depth and breadth of this yearlong festival in 2016 through essays reflecting upon the many programs across disciplines, across our city, and from around the globe.


Every Day Lasts a Year

Now developed into the world premiere play The Book of Joseph, Richard Hollander’s book features long-lost letters written by family he never met-- his father's mother, three sisters, and their husbands and children—and his father’s attempts to save them during the Nazi occupation of Poland.


Sense and Sensibility Cast Recording

This 27-track original cast recording features the music and songs from the acclaimed world premiere at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2015. Book, music and lyrics by Paul Gordon.


Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Suiting The Action to the Word

This newly published book about CST features a fascinating collection of essays and interviews—from Shakespearean scholar Wendy Wall, internationally acclaimed actor Simon Callow, theater critics Michael Billington and Terry Teachout and many more.


Othello: The Remix Cast Recording

The full performance of the Q Brothers’ Othello: The Remix captured on this 70-minute cast recording.   Featuring GQ, JQ, Postell Pringle, and Jackson Doran.  Additional vocals by Sophie Grimm.


The Book of William: How Shakespeare's First Folio Conquered the World

Shakespeare's First Folio, the first complete collection of his plays, was almost never printed. Paul Collins follows this book's journey through the centuries, as it lies undiscovered for decades, burns, sinks, is bought and sold, and ultimately becomes untouchable. Paperback.


The Actor and the Text (Applause Acting Series)

These words of Cicely Berry, voice director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, speak to anyone who needs to speak his or her piece in any arena. Berry's book will insure that the speaker and the text gets heard accurately and with true emotional range. Paperback.


The Age of Shakespeare

Frank Kermode uses the history and culture of the Elizabethan era to enlighten us about William Shakespeare and his poetry and plays. The result is an important, lasting, and concise companion guide by one of our most eminent literary scholars. Paperback.


Shakespeare on Love and Friendship

Shakespeare remains widely popular today and Allan Bloom argues it’s because no other author holds up a truer mirror to human nature. Includes essays on Romeo and Juliet, Anthony and Cleopatra,Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida, and The Winter's Tale. Paperback.


This wide and Universal Theater: Shakespeare in Performance, Then and Now

Making use of historical documents and the play themselves, David Bevington explores how Shakespeare’s plays were produced both in his own time and in succeeding centuries. This volume brings a lifetime of study to bear on a remarkably underappreciated aspect of Shakespeare’s art. Paperback.


A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

James Shapiro illuminates Shakespeare’s staggering achievement and what Elizabethans experienced in 1599, the epochal year Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It and Hamlet were written, bringing together news and intrigue of the times with a wonderful evocation of how Shakespeare worked. Paperback.


The Meaning of Shakespeare, Volume 2

In two magnificent and authoritative volumes, Harold C. Goddard takes readers on a tour through the works of William Shakespeare, celebrating his incomparable plays and unsurpassed literary genius.


Verdi's Shakespeare: Men of the Theater

Pulitzer Prize winner Garry Wills’ dazzling study of the operas Verdi adapted from Shakespeare and a spellbinding account of their creation, featuring fascinating portraits, sharp insights into music and theater, telling historical details and a dedication to CST Artistic Director, Barbara Gaines. Hardcover.


Shakespeare's Words: A Glossary and Language Companion

David Crystal and Ben Crystal have taken a fresh look at the vocabulary of Shakespeare's poems and plays and compiled a glossary of nearly 14,000 words and meanings that are frequently misunderstood by the modern reader. Featuring a preface by Stanley Wells. Paperback.


Henry V (Modern Library Classics)

With his family’s claim to the throne uncertain, Henry seeks to secure his position by turning the country’s attention abroad. Shakespeare probes notions of leadership and power in this iconic depiction of England’s charismatic warrior king, Henry V, playing April 29 – June 15, 2014 in Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theater. Paperback.



Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?

In this remarkable book, James Shapiro explains when and why so many people began to question whether Shakespeare wrote his plays. A fascinating story, replete with forgeries, deception, false claimants, ciphers and codes, conspiracy theories—and a stunning failure to grasp the power of the imagination. Paperback. 


The Meaning of Shakespeare, Volume 1

In two magnificent and authoritative volumes, Harold C. Goddard takes readers on a tour through the works of William Shakespeare, celebrating his incomparable plays and unsurpassed literary genius.


The People vs. Friar Laurence: The Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet

Ron West and Phil Swann retell the Romeo and Juliet story from the perspective of Friar Laurence. The show, a smash hit for Chicago Shakespeare Theater and The Second City, is the funniest mash up of Shakespeare, Gilbert & Sullivan, sketch comedy and American theater you've ever seen. Paperback.


Shakespeare After All

Marjorie Garber’s brilliant and companionable tour through all thirty-eight plays, Shakespeare After All is the perfect introduction to the Bard by one of the country’s foremost authorities on his life and work. Paperback. 


Road Show

Playing March 13–May 4, 2014 Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Road Show dramatizes the real-life Mizner brothers, following their fortunes from the 1890s Alaskan gold rush to the 1920s Florida land boom: Addison, an architect, and Wilson, a con man, each brother seeking his own American dream. Paperback.


Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

Harvard professor Stephen Greenblatt's biography brings together little-known historical facts and little-noticed elements of Shakespeare's plays, making inspired connections between the playwright's life and works. Paperback.


Shakespeare at the Cineplex

The first thorough exploration of the fifteen major Shakespeare films released since the surprising success of Kenneth Branagh's Henry V (1989) presents the variety of these films in the "long decade" between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Paperback.


Shakespeare on Film: A Norton Guide

A lively, concise introduction to film adaptations of Shakespeare's plays from the silent era to the present, Samuel Crowl pays particular attention to the most influential directors' cinematic portrayals of the plays, offering insightful close readings of the elements of film. Paperback.


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