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  1. 0 reviews 0 5 5 5 out of 5 stars 5/5
    9.9 hrs • 4/26/2016 • Unabridged

    A provocative, deeply moving, and often absurdly funny memoir about how a young woman came to understand love and sexuality through the work of Shakespeare. Jillian Keenan’s childhood was shaped by broken relationships and the manufactured romance of movies and television shows. When it came to understanding love, she had nothing to guide her—until she read A Midsummer Night’s Dream in high school, and felt Shakespeare’s language pulsating in her blood for the first time. In Sex with Shakespeare, she tells the story of how the Bard’s plays eventually helped her fathom human relationships and her own sexuality—and find a happy ending of her own. On the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, her passionate, erudite memoir offers a fresh, unusual take on this cultural icon and his work. Keenan uses fourteen of his plays as a springboard to explore the many facets of love and sex—from desire and connection to fetish and addiction. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Keenan unmasks Helena as a sexual masochist—like Jillian herself. In Macbeth, she examines criminalized sexualities and the dark side of “privacy.” The Taming of the Shrew goes inside the secret world of BDSM, and King Lear exposes the ill-fated king as a possible sexual predator. Moving through the canon, it becomes abundantly clear that literature is a conversation, and in Sex with Shakespeare, words are love. Keenan charts her life—and her romances—through the plays, as she wanders the world in search of herself, from northern California to Oman, Spain to Singapore, Washington, DC to Somalia. From Muslim dictatorships to Buddhist republics to disputed territories, she demonstrates Shakespeare’s universality—an entry point to discuss fraught topics such as love, romance, and our most private and public selves.

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    Sex with Shakespeare by Jillian Keenan

    Sex with Shakespeare

    9.9 hrs • 4/26/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 9.2 hrs • 7/1/2015 • Unabridged

    An essential guide to Shakespeare, from the international bestselling authors of Homework for Grown-Ups The Bard was so incredibly prolific that even most Shakespeare scholars would welcome the occasional refresher course, and most of the rest of us haven’t even got a clue as to what a petard actually is. Fear not, the bestselling authors of Homework for Grown-Ups are here to help. For parents keen to help with their children’s homework, casual theatergoers who want to enhance their enjoyment and understanding, and the general reader who feels they should probably know more, Shakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups includes information on the key works, historical context, contemporaries and influences, famous speeches and quotations, modern-day adaptations, and much more.

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    Shakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups by E. Foley, B. Coates

    Shakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups

    9.2 hrs • 7/1/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 15.2 hrs • 4/7/2015 • Unabridged

    Women of Will, a narrative combining trenchant analysis and riveting scenes, explores the themes of love, loss, freedom, control, violence, and power through the heroines of Shakespeare’s text. Drawing on her knowledge as a director, actor, and teacher, Packer traces the chronological evolution of Shakespeare’s female characters and examines Shakespeare’s own journey and growth as a writer, from feckless misogynist in his youth to committed lover in his middle years to unrepentant feminist in his final years. Based on her five-part theatrical performance of the same name (currently touring throughout the world), Women of Will, combines the knowledge of performance, discussion, and debate with the dramatic tension stemming from the influences Shakespeare responded to in his life, and from Packer’s desire to show how powerful and distinct the women characters are in his plays. From Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing to Lady Macbeth to Paulina in A Winter’s Tale and everyone in between, Women of Will gives a unique and exhilarating perspective on some of the most well-known classical texts in the English language.

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    Women of Will

    15.2 hrs • 4/7/15 • 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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  5. 8.4 hrs • 1/1/2013

    Professor Raphael Shargel channels his passion for teaching and expertise as a Shakespearean scholar into this illuminative study of the Immortal Bard’s ten great comedies. Shakespeare’s genius is as readily apparent in these comedies as in his timeless tragedies. Often marked by internal and external conflicts, young lovers struggling for union, mistaken identities, and intertwining plots, Shakespeare’s comedies to this day reveal the master’s unparalleled insight into the human condition. With a fresh take on some of Shakespeare’s most cherished and widely seen works, Professor Shargel provides an invaluable understanding of these exquisite comedies.

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  6. 3.0 hrs • 1/1/2013 • Unabridged

    As a cub river pilot, one of Mark Twain’s masters was a pilot named George Ealer, who recited Shakespeare by the hour—from memory—and who was a virulent opponent of the notion that the Shakespeare plays and poems were in truth written by Sir Francis Bacon. At first, young Sam Clemens agreed with his teacher and boss, but he soon realized that it was no fun for the pilot to argue with someone who agreed with him all of the time. And so, young Sam Clemens became quite skilled in defending this position: He said he was not a Shakespearite nor a Baconite, but that he was a “Brontosaurian”: he didn’t know who did write them, but he knew Shakespeare did not.

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    Is Shakespeare Dead?

    3.0 hrs • 1/1/13 • Unabridged
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    5.5 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself. Bryson documents the efforts of earlier scholars, from academics to eccentrics. Emulating the style of his famous travelogues, Bryson records episodes in his research, including a visit to a bunker-like basement room in Washington, DC, where the world’s largest collection of First Folios is housed. Bryson celebrates Shakespeare as a writer of unimaginable talent and enormous inventiveness, a coiner of phrases (“vanish into thin air,” “foregone conclusion,” “one fell swoop”) that even today have common currency. His Shakespeare is like no one else’s—the beneficiary of Bryson’s genial nature, his engaging skepticism, and a gift for storytelling unrivaled in our time.

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    Shakespeare

    5.5 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  8. 4.4 hrs • 4/30/2012 • Unabridged

    The CliffsNotes study guide on Shakespeare’s Sonnets, 1st Edition supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, a graphical character map, critical commentaries, expanded glossaries, and a comprehensive index, 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 Sonnets, 1st Edition. Reading a literary work doesn’t mean you immediately grasp the major themes and devices used by the author; this stuthe work. In this audiobook you will learn about the life and background of the author; hear an introduction to Sonnets, 1st Edition; explore themes, character development, and recurring images in the critical commentaries; learn new words from the glossary at the end of each chapter; and acquire an understanding of Sonnets, 1st Edition with critical essays.

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    On Shakespeare’s Sonnets, 1st Edition

    4.4 hrs • 4/30/12 • Unabridged
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  9. 3.4 hrs • 3/16/2011 • Unabridged

    This CliffsNotes study guide on William Shakespear’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, a graphical character map, critical commentaries, expanded glossaries, and a comprehensive index, 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 A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 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 you reading to be sure you get all you can from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. CliffsNotes Review tests your comprehension of the original text and reinforces learning with questions and answers, practice projects, and more. For further information on William Shakespeare and A Midsummer Night's Dream, check out the CliffsNotes Resource Center at www.cliffsnotes.com. 

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  10. 11.0 hrs • 4/6/2010 • Unabridged

    For nearly two centuries, the authorship of William Shakespeare’s plays has been challenged by writers and artists as diverse as Sigmund Freud, Mark Twain, Henry James, Helen Keller, Orson Welles, Malcolm X, and Sir Derek Jacobi. How could a young man from rural Warwickshire, lacking a university education, write some of the greatest works in the English language? How do we explain the seemingly unbridgeable gap between Shakespeare’s life and works? Contested Will unravels the mystery of Shakespeare’s authorship, retracing why and when doubts first arose, what’s at stake in the controversy for how we value Shakespeare’s achievement, and why, in the end, there can be no doubt about who wrote the plays.

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    Contested Will

    11.0 hrs • 4/6/10 • Unabridged
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