Shakespeare Reference

Shakespeare Reference

For many long years, my “go-to” Shakespeare Reference has been Bloom’s de facto standard, Shakespeare: the Invention of the Human. Concise, not too stilted in one direction, good source material as an accessible reference tome.

Invention of the Human

Invention of the Human

Not long ago, I was mucking about in Shakespeare material online, and I came across a suggestion that was new – to me.

Shakespeare After All by Marjorie Garber.

Shakespeare After All

Shakespeare After All

It’s a 2004 imprint, so I’m – obviously – way behind the curve on this discovery. I looked at it on Amazon, then decided that I’d wait to buy. While last in Dallas, I checked at the big Half Price Books superstore – what a wondrous place to explore dead text!

They didn’t have a copy, but the kindly counter person offered to call the other stores, and there was one in San Antonio, of all freaky coincidences. I picked up the copy, dropping the Amazon buy, as Amazon was showing a problem, plus I like the good texts that I frequently use to be hardbacks. Amazon kept trying to sell me a trade paperback.

As Shakespeare Reference? Shakespeare After All seems a bit more more even-handed, and while this next reference will be abhorrent to some scholars, the text is an excellent, “Cliff Notes” kind of quick study for me.

Kramer Wetzel

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