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From Hamlet and The Tempest to Henry V and Romeo and Juliet, the "Essential Shakespeare Handbook" is a user-friendly, beautifully illustrated guide to every play in the Shakespearean canon, as well as a compelling portrait of the Bard's life.
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Leslie Dunton-Downer, a fellow and lecturer at her alma mater, Harvard, is a founding member of the Cambridge Riverside Players, and has produced community readings of Shakespeare's plays. Her published works have earned her a Sheldon Fellowship, two Rockefeller Foundation Awards, and the International Orpheus Award. Alan Riding is the European Cultural Correspondent for "The New York Times" based in Paris. He has covered countless Shakespearean performances, films, ballets, and operas.

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""Essential Shakespeare Handbook" deserves a place next to your edition of Shakespeare's plays. Leslie Dunton-Downer, a former lecturer at Harvard, and Alan Riding, the European cultural correspondent for The Times, have written a guide to the poems and plays that is scholarly without being recondite, succinct without being superficial." The New York Times Book Review "Students will like the glossy, well-illustrated format; it is an English teacher's dream. Recommended." Library Media Connection "This simple, colorful handbook is a perfect companion to the playwright's complete works." Library Journal" ""Essential Shakespeare Handbook" deserves a place next to your edition of Shakespeare's plays. Leslie Dunton-Downer, a former lecturer at Harvard, and Alan Riding, the European cultural correspondent for The Times, have written a guide to the poems and plays that is scholarly without being recondite, succinct without being superficial." - The New York Times Book Review "Students will like the glossy, well-illustrated format; it is an English teacher's dream. Recommended." - Library Media Connection "This simple, colorful handbook is a perfect companion to the playwright's complete works." - Library Journal

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