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"Browse the delightful Bardisms to find a fitting quote for any mood, moment, or occasion. But read it through to learn how to enjoy Shakespeare and bring more of his language into your daily life." -- Jacob Weisberg, Editor of Slate magazine and author of Bushisms

"A fantastic reference for anyone who loves Shakespeare!" -- Steve Martin

From renowned Shakespearean director Barry Edelstein comes Bardisms a straightforward, accessible guide to using Shakespeare's wit and wisdom at special occasions of every type. Over the course of his career, Edelstein has directed more than half of Shakespeare's plays, and he brings all his passion, insight, and years of study to Bardisms. In the words of Adam Gopnik (Through the Children's Gate), "Barry Edelstein knows more about Shakespeare, and in a less pedantic manner, than nearly anyone I know."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 274 pages
  • 140 x 179 x 21mm | 250g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 006149352X
  • 9780061493522
  • 1,438,586

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Looking for an ideal toast, quip, or remark for that special occasion--or the perfect pithy comment to enliven an everyday conversation? Ask Shakespeare!

A wedding vow--"To you I give myself, for I am yours" (As You Like It)

A birthday greeting--to me, fair fried, you can never be old. (Sonnet 104)

Party time!--"Let's mock the midnight bell." (Antony and Cleopatra)

The plays and poetry of the Immortal Bard make up a vast repository of wit and wisdom, insight and passion. If there's an occasion that needs commemorating, chances are there are some lines from Shakespeare that will do the job right. Whether you want to "speak the speech" with verve and flair or craft an elegant toast, lecture, or missive, world-renowned Shakespearean director and teacher Barry Edelstein will help you find the perfect "Bardism" for any occasion.
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Barry Edelstein s passion for the Bard and sheer knowledge of his works is inspiring. "Bardisms" is an eloquent and enlightening book that allows everyone to feel like an expert on Shakespeare. --America Ferrera"
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56 ratings
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4 29% (16)
3 38% (21)
2 9% (5)
1 2% (1)
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