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Venus & Adonis Paperback – 1 Jul 2016

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Product details

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Hyde900; 1st edition (1 July 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 0956588158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956588159
  • Package Dimensions: 21 x 21 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,260,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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""A clever and exciting performance adaptation, which will bring this fascinating but unjustly neglected dramatic poem to the attention of a new audience."" Professor David Crystal Venus and Adonis was William Shakespeare's first 'big hit' when the long poem was published in 1593. Funny and wry in its account of the older Venus's erotic infatuation with the beautiful youth Adonis (who had other things on his mind) the poem had to be reprinted twelve times to satisfy its enormous popularity especially among students and women. This abridged version from Cecily O'Neill, accompanied by specially commissioned illustrations by Kate Arnold, adapts the poem for performance. Supported by introductory articles putting the poem into its literary and historical context (notably the relationship of Shakespeare with Henry Wriothesley, the Earl of Southampton to whom the poem was dedicated) it gives the opportunity for this brilliant but often overlooked work to be brought to a wider readership and to theatre audiences.

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