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Shakespeare: Ten Great Plays (Hamlet)

An eye-catching depiction of Hamlet and Laertes’s duel.

Shakespeare: Ten Great Plays (Macbeth)

Malcolm’s besieging army, looking festive with trumpets, pennants, and branches from Birnam Wood, unsettles Macbeth.

White, Will Shakespeare and the Globe Theater (Pages 4-5)
Pages 4-5: A young Shakespeare spontaneously speaks in the playwright’s later, famous words (top right). White’s depiction of Shakespeare’s spontaneously momentous words supports an unlikely portrait of Shakespeare as preternaturally gifted without…

White, Three Children and Shakespeare (Pages 2-3)
White emphasizes how the mother employs historical knowledge about theater in Shakespeare’s time to invite her children’s interest. Here she describes early modern practices of theatrical cross-dressing and bear-baiting.

White, Will Shakespeare and the Globe Theater (Pages 42-43)

Pages 42-43: Young Shakespeare proves a poor prospect as an actor. James Burbage notes that his company needs “plays…not players.”

White, Will Shakespeare and the Globe Theater (Pages 56-57)

Pages 56-57: At the start of his writing career, Shakespeare assesses his achievements, acknowledging that Titus Andronicus “was not a good play” despite its popularity. This view of Titus reflects the critical consensus of her own day more than…

White, Will Shakespeare and the Globe Theater (Pages 58-59)

Pages 58-59: White depicts the influence of Marlowe on Shakespeare.

White, Three Children and Shakespeare (Pages 4-5)

White’s children are critical thinkers, challenging both their mother and Shakespeare’s period’s cultural and theatrical practices. Here they assess the virtues and limitations of the bare-bones Shakespearean thrust stage.

White, Three Children and Shakespeare (Page 266)

The daughters rebel at the moral of female submission at the end of The Taming of the Shrew. Their mother suggests that their strong responses testify to Shakespeare’s power as a dramatist.