From the Author
How this book came into existence.
I have been running teacher-training workshops on Shakespeare for years and was talking to a British Council Conference in Oxford about the highs and lows. I mentioned the sad prevalence of study AIDS amongst A-level students and how hard one had to work to steer students clear of pre-digested responses to the plays, their characters and Shakespeare's methods. A tactful publisher observed to me afterwards that since study AIDS wouldn't go away why didn't I try to write a goodish one to help limit the damage? This book was the result of that attempt: the most author-demanding textbook Lynn & I have written. Pruning seven hundred pages to just a hundred a fifty... What is there? As accurate a synopsis as we could manage, scene summaries and commentaries which attempt to point the way discussion might develop; some preliminary textual analyses for students to build on. We hope this will be a useful workbook for students to access alongside their studies of the play rather than read only at the revision stage (or instead of working the text at all).
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