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Shakespeare and the Audience

A Study in the Technique of Exposition

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674366107

Publication Date: 01/01/1935

327 pages


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With the best will in the world, the playwright is forbidden to take a short cut and address us in person, and he must also face certain disadvantages inherent in his prescribed method of imparting information by word of mouth. Shakespeare had to reckon, still further, with the special conditions of his own theatre: the lack of programmes, of scenery, and of artificial lighting. Yet in spite of all these hindrances, he is able to make us enter into the lives of his characters and to see not only their point of view but his own as well. How he turns the trick is of immediate interest to everyone who sees the plays produced in the theatre or reflects upon them in terms of the theatre rather than of the closet. Such is Arthur Sprague’s point of departure for a fresh survey of Shakespeare as vital and stimulating as anything that has been written in its field for these many years.

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