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  1. 8.9 hrs • 3/3/2015 • Unabridged

    In The Eating of the Gods the distinguished Polish critic Jan Kott reexamines Greek tragedy from the modern perspective. As in his earlier acclaimed Shakespeare, Our Contemporary, Kott provides startling insights and intuitive leaps which link our world to that of the ancient Greeks. The title refers to the Bacchae of Euripides, that tragedy of lust, revenge, murder, and “the joy of eating raw flesh” which Kott finds paradigmatic in its violence and bloodshed. Whether reflecting on Prometheus or drawing a modern parallel in Beckett’s Happy Days (“the final version of the Prometheus myth”), Kott’s vision is brilliant, his method innovative, and his sensibility consistently new. Since this book first appeared, Kott’s connections between ancient and modern have become even more compelling in their immediacy.

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    The Eating of the Gods by Jan Kott

    The Eating of the Gods

    Translated by Bolesław Taborski and Edward J. Czerwinski
    Directed by Claire Bloom
    8.9 hrs • 3/3/15 • Unabridged
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    11.0 hrs • 12/16/2014 • Unabridged

    Shakespeare, Our Contemporary is a provocative, original study of the major plays of Shakespeare. More than that, it is one of the few critical works to have strongly influenced theatrical productions. Peter Brook and Charles Marowitz are among the many directors who have acknowledged their debt to Jan Kott, finding in his analogies between Shakespearean situations and those in modern life and drama the seeds of vital new stage conceptions. Shakespeare, Our Contemporary has been translated into nineteen languages since it appeared in 1961, and readers all over the world have similarly found their responses to Shakespeare broadened and enriched.

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    Shakespeare, Our Contemporary by Jan Kott

    Shakespeare, Our Contemporary

    Directed by Cassandra de Cuir and Claire Bloom
    11.0 hrs • 12/16/14 • Unabridged
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  3. 1.0 hrs • 2/24/2014 • Unabridged

    Shyama Perara is a writer and journalist who writes clearly, succinctly, and passionately on a number of issues as well as being a much admired novelist. In this collection she turns her knowing eye and insightful mind to British theater and the recent plays that have come before audiences from the larges of west end theaters to the smallest of pop up theaters. It’s a treat. Included in this recording are reviews on such plays as Goodbye Barcelona; Office Party; Love, Question Mark; His Teeth; The Collaborators; Road Kill; Ex; Lillies; Lagan; Skane; Reasons to Be Pretty; A Walk on Part; The Kitchen Sink; Aladdin; The Lion in Winter; The Last of the Duchess; Sweeney Todd; Richard II; The Comedy of Errors; Herding Cats; Fit and Proper People; 13; The Westbridge; A British Subject; The Reindeer Monologues; and The Riots.

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    Shyama Perera

    1.0 hrs • 2/24/14 • Unabridged
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  4. 0.1 hrs • 2/12/2014

    As You Like It is one of Shakespeare’s comedies featuring women dressed as men, brothers reconciling, and wrongs put to right. The fair Rosalind falls in love with the strong Orlando, and Rosalind’s companion Celia with Orlando’s brother Oliver. Told here as a fairy tale, it makes a perfect introduction to Shakespeare for youngsters and the uninitiated alike.

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  5. 0.2 hrs • 2/12/2014

    Hamlet is renowned for classic lines and perceptive characterization. It is often cited as Shakespeare’s greatest play, and is a tragedy of ghostly proportions. Equally compelling is the actual story, which, as told here, makes a cracking good listen.

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    The Story of Shakespeare’s Hamlet

    Based on the work by William Shakespeare
    0.2 hrs • 2/12/14
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  6. 0.2 hrs • 2/12/2014

    The Merchant of Venice revolves around its title merchant, Antonio, but is perhaps most memorable for the Jewish moneylender Shylock and his passionate cries for the famous “pound of flesh” that he insists on collecting for Antonio’s debt. Though classified as a comedy, and inevitably love and happiness do prevail, The Merchant of Venice is a complicated play whose intensely dramatic scenes often overshadow the comic ones; it is no wonder why it remains one of Shakespeare’s most famous, and controversial, plays.

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  7. 2.4 hrs • 3/16/2011 • Unabridged

    This CliffsNotes study guide on Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, and critical commentaries, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work. This study guide was written with the assumption that you have read Death of a Salesman. Reading a literary work doesn’t mean that you immediately grasp the major themes and devices used by the author; this study guide will help supplement your reading to be sure you get all you can from the work.

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