Living with Shakespeare by Susannah Carson
Essays by Writers, Actors, and Directors (Vintage Original)

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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
 

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Susannah Carson is the editor of A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen. She has a Ph.D from Yale, an M.Phil from the Sorbonne Paris III, and MAs from the Université Lyon II and San Francisco State University. She has lectured on English and French literature at Oxford, the University of Glasgow, Yale, Harvard, Concordia, and Boston University.



Author Residence: San Francisco, CA
 
Published April 9, 2013 by Vintage. 531 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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An eclectic collection of pieces from an eclectic collection of writers about reading, directing, performing and adoring the Bard of Avon.

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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 l

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An eclectic collection of pieces from an eclectic collection of writers about reading, directing, performing and adoring the Bard of Avon.

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Prominent actors and authors, for example, Joyce Carol Oates, J

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