Hamlet’s Dresser

By Bob Smith
Read by Bob Smith

02/01/2003 unabridged
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    ISBN: 9780786190966

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Here, in gorgeous, tender, and lyrical prose, Smith tells the story of a life shaped by Shakespeare’s poetry. Melding tragedy and comedy, he gracefully weaves together the stories of his bittersweet childhood, his struggle to help his parents care for his handicapped sister, his early experience as Hamlet’s dresser for the Shakespeare festival, his poignant experiences teaching Shakespeare to seniors, and dozens of illuminating scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. Hamlet’s Dresser is a redemptive memoir of a man made whole by art and an intimate encounter with the plays and sonnets that will make readers fall in love with Shakespeare again, or for the first time.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

2003AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year

Here, in gorgeous, tender, and lyrical prose, Smith tells the story of a life shaped by Shakespeare’s poetry. Melding tragedy and comedy, he gracefully weaves together the stories of his bittersweet childhood, his struggle to help his parents care for his handicapped sister, his early experience as Hamlet’s dresser for the Shakespeare festival, his poignant experiences teaching Shakespeare to seniors, and dozens of illuminating scenes from Shakespeare’s plays.

Hamlet’s Dresser is a redemptive memoir of a man made whole by art and an intimate encounter with the plays and sonnets that will make readers fall in love with Shakespeare again, or for the first time.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Hamlet’s Dresser is a masterpiece. That’s all there is to it…there’s nothing, absolutely nothing, like Mr. Smith’s book.” Frank McCourt, author of Angela’s Ashes
“This is a magnificent book. I have never read anything quite like it before. The writing is masterful, poetic, sad, and brilliant.” Neil Simon, playwright
“Bob Smith will take kids, grandparents, office workers, shopkeepers, taxi drivers, anyone who opens Hamlet’s Dresser, on an illuminating trip through the words of Shakespeare. What an odyssey!” Eli Wallach, actor
“In this extraordinary memoir of a life saved by great art, the language and ideas of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets weave in and out of Smith’s life in a way that could only be performed by a gifted scholar and actor…Bob Smith writes and reads like a dream. There’s not a false note, written or spoken, in this complicated story; this easily hits my top 10 list of best audiobooks ever made.” AudioFile
“Smith’s memoir tenderly breaks your heart into pieces and, with the sagacious insight derived from a lifetime of Shakespearean study and familial suffering, weaves it into a resplendent crown of joy.” Library Journal
“[Smith’s] memoir is full of tragedy and joy, a story of family and art and heartbreaking sadness.” Kliatt

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Author

Author Bio: Bob Smith

Bob Smith has devoted his life to teaching and directing Shakespeare, working with college students, famous actors, and the elderly. He recently moved back to Stratford, Connecticut, where he was born.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Audience: Adult
Language: English