In his customary jargon-free style, Mr. Fallon examines sixty prominent characters from Shakespeare's plays. He locates each of them in the story of their play, relates them to other characters, shows how they change (or don't), and sums up their character and nature. "This book is as handy as they come...distilled without being dunderheaded-reader-friendly in the extreme." American Theatre (on A Theatergoer's Guide to Shakespeare).
Robert Thomas Fallon is professor emeritus of English at La Salle University in Philadelphia. In addition to A Theatergoer's Guide to Shakespeare (which concerned itself largely with plot) and A Theatergoer's Guide to Shakespeare's Themes, he has written three books on John Milton. He lives in Lumberville, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia.
Each character profile is constructed as an informal...essay, with a minimum of footnotes, jargon, and arcane debates... Reference and Research Book News The sketches Fallon offers increase our appreciation for the breathtaking scale of Shakespeare's achievement. Tennessean ...Provides fans and students of the Bard with a companion guide to the people of his plays. Library Bookwatch ...Fallon writes without academic jargon, displaying a talent for making points clearly without patronizing... Library Journal This lucid guide, free of academic jargon, will enhance the play-going experience of those less familiar with Shakespeare. CHOICE First-rate. -- Daniel Leary American Book Review
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