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Understanding Hamlet

Understanding great literature


Understanding great literature.
Nardo, Don, 1947-
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Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Lucent Books, c2001.
Physical Description:
112 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Series Title:
Understanding great literature.

Understanding Hamlet
Life, times, and works of William Shakespeare -- Original sources and performance history of Hamlet -- Story told in Shakespeare's Hamlet -- Principal characters appearing in Hamlet -- Exploring the basic truths of the human experience.


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Book V00000387648 J 822.33 NAR

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In his most famous play, William Shakespeare probes the complexities of the human experience. The work's timeless themes, its characters, and plot are discussed as is this great author's life and work.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-In this clearly written, easy-to-understand book, Nardo explains the timeless nature of the classic play. He includes a wonderful section about the life and times of William Shakespeare and discusses the influences of earlier stories and plays on the structuring of the plot, the characters, and the theme of revenge. The author also explains how the textual and visual interpretations of the play have changed and evolved from the 1500s to the late 20th century. A copious notes section, a section for further exploration, questions and ideas for themes and essays, and an appendix of literary criticism make this an invaluable teaching aid or library resource. Many black-and-white sketches, drawings, and photos create further interest in this play and its literary history.-Susan Shaver, Hemingford Public Schools, NE (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.