Shakespeare After All by Marjorie Garber

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A 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. Drawing on her hugely popular lecture courses at Yale and Harvard over the past thirty years, Marjorie Garber offers passionate and revealing readings of the plays in chronological sequence, from The Two Gentlemen of Verona to The Two Noble Kinsmen. Supremely readable and engaging, and complete with a comprehensive introduction to Shakespeare’s life and times and an extensive bibliography, this magisterial work is an ever-replenishing fount of insight on the most celebrated writer of all time.

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About Marjorie Garber

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Marjorie Garber is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English and of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, and chair of the Program in Dramatic Arts. She has served as director of the Humanities Center at Harvard, chair of the department of Visual and Environmental Studies, and director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. A member of the Board of Directors of the American Council of Learned Societies and a trustee of the English Institute, she is the former president of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, and a continuing member of its board. She is the author of sixteen books and has edited seven collections of essays on topics from Shakespeare to literary and cultural theory to the arts and intellectual life, including Shakespeare After All, which was acclaimed as one of Newsweek's ten best nonfiction books of 2004 and received the 2005 Christian Gauss Award from the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
Published November 19, 2008 by Anchor. 1008 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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More to the point, Shakespeare and modern culture happens to be exactly what she is writing about: how the complexes of modernity, the layers of self-awareness stacked wobblingly up and down like the turtles in the Dr. Seuss story, are addressed and illuminated by Shakespeare's plays.

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David Gates New Yorker 4 of 5 Stars "Although [Garber] has no blockbuster Bard thesis to prove, her introduction is an exemplary account of what is known about Shakespeare and how his work has been read and regarded through the centuries, while the individual essays display scrupulous and su...

Jan 23 2008 | Read Full Review of Shakespeare After All

Project MUSE

Shakespeare persists after and despite his industry: "after all the vital, essential, and transformative discussion and debate, we return, always, to Shakespeare's plays.

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Weird Fiction Review

Bloom shows flat disbelief that anyone could think of Titus as a prefiguration of the later sublimities of Lear (Bloom 79), but the two plays have so many elements in common that it seems more incredible not to see a progression.

Apr 10 2012 | Read Full Review of Shakespeare After All

Garber looks at the universality of Shakespeare with comment

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