Shakespeare by Michael Rosen
His Work and His World

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The Bard’s enduring genius is both explained and explored for young readers—a perfect companion for both students and teachers of Shakespeare.

Tongue-tied. Dull as dishwater. Without rhyme or reason. Leapfrog. Excellent. Gloomy. These words and phrases, so much a part of our daily language, were coined by William Shakespeare more than four hundred years ago. In what other ways has Shakespeare shaped and influenced our words and culture? Find out with Michael Rosen’s fascinating exploration of the enduring genius of the greatest playwright in the English language, SHAKESPEARE: HIS WORK AND HIS WORLD. Learn what theatre was like when Shakespeare created and acted in his plays. With dramatic illustrations by Robert Ingpen, the fluid text is sprinkled with Shakespearean quotations to re-create the Bard’s world of kings and queens, fairies and potions, and bloody beheadings. This sweeping account is a biography, a history, and a retelling of some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays—all in one approachable volume.

About Michael Rosen

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Michael Rosen is an award-winning author and anthologist of books for young readers including CLASSIC POETRY: AN ILLUSTRATED COLLECTION, illustrated by Paul Howard. A lifelong Shakespeare fan, Michael Rosen says of this book, "When I was a kid, I was often taken to see Shakespeare's plays, and my parents helped me to get hold of what was special about Shakespeare. I've written this book in hopes that I can do something along the lines of what my parents did for me." Robert Ingpen was born in Australia in 1936 and has published more than one hundred acclaimed books. In 1986 he was awarded the highest international accolade for his work, the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration.
Published November 14, 2006 by Candlewick. 96 pages
Genres: History, Young Adult, Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Emilia knows that Iago wants it, and she passes it along, not realizing that Othello will consider it definitive proof of his wife’s infidelity when he finds it in Cassio’s possession, thanks to Iago.

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The famed star-crossed lovers receive theatrical attention in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet by Michael Rosen, illus.

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Rosen's (Classic Poetry) compelling text and Ingpen's (Who Is the World For?) dramatic paintings invite readers into the "extraordinary and dangerous times" in which the Bard wrote his famous plays.

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Indeed, such is his confidence that he can say without embarrassment that ‘cultural materialism draws upon the work of Shakespeare – and he certainly did not believe any of that.’ Here the caricatured determinism of an equally caricatured intellectual position is replaced by a preferred form of v...

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Credit the accessible and educational content to Rosen, whose book Shakespeare: His Work and His World earned the School Library Journal’s Best Book of the Year in 2001.

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