Wednesday, May 25, 2011 Posted by Dina N
"The Play's the thing. . ." -- Hamlet
Shakespeare... that famous Bard of Avon. We've all studied him, read his plays, and quoted his words. But how much do we really remember about him? With I Used to Know That: Shakespeare, you'll be taken back to the classroom for an engaging look that is sure to fill in all the details. Inside you'll find sections that include...
- His life -- the playwright, the lover, the family man
- Synopses of dozens of his plays and sonnets
- Examples of his word legacy -- from "bedazzled" to "bated breath"
- His characters -- brief description of the Bard's most memorable dramatis personae
- An index of his most famous lines, including "Parting is such sweet sorrow"
I am a big fan of I Used to Know That books. In a compact format and easy to read style, they offer a quick refresher course on some of the things I used to know but somehow misplaced over the years. I Used to Know That: Shakespeare by Liz Evers is no exception. It's fun to read and much easier to understand than Shakespeare's complete works. The book is a nice tribute to the numerous contributions of the Bard of Avon to our culture. It covers what is known about Shakespeare, his plays and language legacy, his sonnets and major characters.
Whether you need a crash course on everything Shakespeare or just a handy reference book, I Used to Know That: Shakespeare by Liz Evers may be just the ticket.
I Used to Know That: Shakespeare is new this month from Reader's Digest.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Photo and book info courtesy of the publisher or PR firm.