Henry V , War Criminal?

Henry V , War Criminal? : And Other Shakespeare Puzzles

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"Shakespeare loves loose ends; Shakespeare also loves red herrings." - Stephen Orgel. Loose ends and red herrings are the stuff of detective fiction, and under the scrutiny of master sleuths, John Sutherland and Cedric Watts, Shakespeare's plays reveal themselves to be as full of mysteries as any Agatha Christie novel. Is it summer or winter in Elsinore? Do Bottom and Titania make love? Does Lady Macbeth faint, or is she just pretending? How does a man putrefy within minutes of his death? Is Cleopatra a deadbeat Mum? And why doesn't Juliet ask 'O Romeo Montague, wherefore art thou Montague?' As Watts and Sutherland explore these and other puzzles Shakespeare's genius becomes ever more apparent. Speculative, critical, good-humoured and provocative, their discussions shed light on apparent anachronisms, performance and stagecraft, linguistics, "Star Trek" and much else. Shrewd and entertaining, these essays add a new dimension to the pleasure of reading or watching Shakespeare. "Few modern academics are doing quite so much as Professor Sutherland to connect the "common reader" with great books." - "Independent."show more

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  • Paperback | 238 pages
  • 130 x 196.6 x 15.7mm | 213.99g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192838792
  • 9780192838797
  • 1,984,496

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"Few modern academics are doing quite so much as Professor Sutherland to connect the 'common reader' with great books"--The Independent "Few modern academics are doing quite so much as Professor Sutherland to connect the 'common reader' with great books"--The Independent "Few modern academics are doing quite so much as Professor Sutherland to connect the 'common reader' with great books"--The Independent "Few modern academics are doing quite so much as Professor Sutherland to connect the 'common reader' with great books"--The Independentshow more

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