- Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation.
- Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Themes, motives.
- 1405127538 (pbk.)
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- Previous ed.: 2002.
- Includes index.
- Bibliography: p. 254-258.
- List of illustrations -- To the Reader -- 1 All the World's a Stage: Poetry and Theatre -- 2 Creeping Like Snail: Childhood, Education, Early Friendship, Sibling Rivalries -- 3 Sighing Like Furnace: Courtship and Sexual Desire -- 4 Full of Strange Oaths and Bearded Like the Pard: The Coming-of-Age of the Male -- 5 Jealous in Honour: Love and Friendship in Crises -- 6 Wise Saws: Political and Social Disillusionment, Humankind's Relationship to the Divine, and Philosophical Scepticism -- 7 Modern Instances: Misogyny, Jealousy, Pessimism, and Midlife Crises -- 8 The Lean and Slippered Pantaloon: Ageing Fathers and their Daughters -- 9 Last Scene of All: Retirement from the Theatre -- 10 Shakespeare Today -- Notes -- Further Reading -- Index.
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