Press Release



by Claire and John Saunders
This original and exciting approach to Shakespeare is based on 100 of Shakespeare's greatest dramatic images. The quotations, at least one from each play, are introduced through short word games grouped into sections with titles such as “Love and Lust,” “Epiphanies,” and “The Bestiary.” These engaging games are fun and interactive, designed for both novices and experts. The 100 quotations that form the basis of the book have an enormous range and deal with the great subjects of poetry—love, loss, loveliness, despair, resignation, hope, hate, wit, humour and the beauty of the natural world. The Word-play section is followed by light commentaries—short essays on each play designed for all levels of Shakespearean lore. As the tie that binds the quizzes to the commentaries, the 100 images highlight just what Shakespeare was up to in each play. They provide a unique and enjoyable approach that everyone interested in Shakespeare will enjoy!

Publishing: October 1, 2008 ISBN: 978-88-95604-01-5 £8.99 / €11.50 Paperback

The emphasis is on giving a context to the quotations and showing how the language works in terms of drama and poetry. Each commentary offers a window into a play. The structure of the book is versatile: it can be randomly dipped-into for pleasure, or read right through as a short yet complete introduction to Shakespeare’s plays. An interactive website will accompany the book incorporating images chosen by a variety of Shakespeare enthusiasts—including some famous names. A.S. Byatt, Dame Judi Dench, and Patrick Garland have already chosen their favourite images. The public will be invited to add to the collection. The perfect book for Shakespeare lovers, theatregoers, literature buffs, teachers and students of English and drama and anyone who wants a reintroduction to Shakespeare in a fun and accessible way. Liven up your next dinner party with a Shakespeare game night! “I can think of no livelier introduction to Shakespeare and his work, and no greater indulgence for dedicated lovers of the plays. Claire and John Saunders lift up exquisite image after image, like morsels from a feast, and in doing so, uncover for us the world of each play—its tensions, its richness and, always, its elementally human concerns. Their short discussions are deft, elegant and highly readable. The word-play is witty and expert. Like the very best scholars, they wear their impressive knowledge lightly. Dabble, dip in or devour in a sitting. Shakespeare's 100 Greatest Dramatic Images is a rare treat.” Alison MacLeod, author of The Wave Theory of Angels and Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction. John and Claire Saunders have designed and taught innovative Shakespeare courses from primary school to university level. They have written independently on a wide range of literary topics (from Chaucer to Larkin). Their shared enthusiasm for the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries has led to two previous collaborations: an edition of The Duchess of Mali and, more recently, So You Think You Know Shakespeare?

Shakespeare/ Word-Play

A seriously entertaining guide to Shakespeare.

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