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Introduction The Tragedies Titus Andronicus Romeo and Juliet Julius Caesar Hamlet Othello King Lear Macbeth Antony and Cleopatra Coriolanus Timon of Athens The Histories The First Tetralogy Henry VI, Part 1 Henry VI, Part 2 Henry VI, Part 3 Richard III King John The Second Tetralogy Richard II Henry IV, Part 1 Henry IV, Part 2

About the Author

VICTOR L. CAHN is Professor of English at Skidmore College. He teaches courses in Shakespeare and modern drama and is the author of four books and several plays. His numerous articles and reviews have appeared in such diverse publications as Modern Drama, The Literary Review, The New York Times, and Variety.

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?A useful guide for the general reader, as well as high school and undergraduate students, to Shakespeare's 37 plays. After a brief introduction outlining Shakespeare's life and career, Cahn carefully guides the reader through each play in turn, from first scene to last, using a mixture of quotation, paraphrase, and critical comment. His style is accessible and unpretentious, and his insights into the 'psychological consistency' of Shakespeare's characters--the main focus of the commentary--are stimulating and sometimes provocative. The bibliographies at the end of each chapter, and at the end of the volume, provide a guide to further study for the nonspecialist.?-Library Journal (on the first edition)
?Contending that the fundamental appeal of Shakespeare's work lies with his characters, Cahn systematically proceeds through a discussion of each play (within the traditional categories of tragedy, history, and romance) as if an audience were encountering that play for the first time. The chapters explain how the plays succeed as theater and how the subtleties of the characters' behavior and the nuances of their language contribute to the theatrical effect.... It is highly recommended for any general public library and for academic collections at all undergraduate levels.?-Choice (on the first edition)
?In his discussion of each play, Cahn, writing for a general (albeit intent) audience, bases his approach on the assumption that the fundamental appeal of Shakespeare's plays lies in the characters. He focuses on how the implications of the characters' actions and the nuances of their language contribute to the plays' impact."?-Reference & Research Book News (on the first edition)
"Contending that the fundamental appeal of Shakespeare's work lies with his characters, Cahn systematically proceeds through a discussion of each play (within the traditional categories of tragedy, history, and romance) as if an audience were encountering that play for the first time. The chapters explain how the plays succeed as theater and how the subtleties of the characters' behavior and the nuances of their language contribute to the theatrical effect.... It is highly recommended for any general public library and for academic collections at all undergraduate levels."-Choice (on the first edition)
"In his discussion of each play, Cahn, writing for a general (albeit intent) audience, bases his approach on the assumption that the fundamental appeal of Shakespeare's plays lies in the characters. He focuses on how the implications of the characters' actions and the nuances of their language contribute to the plays' impact.""-Reference & Research Book News (on the first edition)
"A useful guide for the general reader, as well as high school and undergraduate students, to Shakespeare's 37 plays. After a brief introduction outlining Shakespeare's life and career, Cahn carefully guides the reader through each play in turn, from first scene to last, using a mixture of quotation, paraphrase, and critical comment. His style is accessible and unpretentious, and his insights into the 'psychological consistency' of Shakespeare's characters--the main focus of the commentary--are stimulating and sometimes provocative. The bibliographies at the end of each chapter, and at the end of the volume, provide a guide to further study for the nonspecialist."-Library Journal (on the first edition)

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