Emma Smith – This Is Shakespeare


Penguin presents the audiobook edition of This Is Shakespeare, written and read by Emma Smith.

A genius and prophet whose timeless works encapsulate the human condition like no others. A writer who surpassed his contemporaries in vision, originality and literary mastery. Who wrote like an angel, putting it all so much better than anyone else.

Is this Shakespeare? Well, sort of.

But it doesn’t really tell us the whole truth. So much of what we say about Shakespeare is either not true or just not relevant, deflecting us from investigating the challenges of his inconsistencies and flaws.

This electrifying new audiobook thrives on revealing, not resolving, the ambiguities of Shakespeare’s plays and their changing topicality. It introduces an intellectually, theatrically and ethically exciting writer who engages with intersectionality as much as with Ovid, with economics as much as poetry: who writes in strikingly modern ways about individual agency, privacy, politics, celebrity and sex. It takes us into a world of politicking and copy-catting, as we watch him emulating the blockbusters of Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Kyd, the Spielberg and Tarantino of their day; flirting with and skirting round the cutthroat issues of succession politics, religious upheaval and technological change. The Shakespeare in this book poses awkward questions rather than offering bland answers, always implicating us in working out what it might mean.

This is Shakespeare. And he needs your attention.

Author: Emma Smith
Narrator: Emma Smith
Duration: 9 hours 54 minutes
Released: 19 Feb 2005
Publisher: Pelican
Language: English

User Review:

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This is one of the most lucid, insightful, and interesting books Ive ever read about Shakespeare, and if you have even a passing interest in his work, then do yourself a favor and read or listen to Emma Smiths This is Shakespeare. Organized by play, the book covers a wide range of material outside the plays the life (what we know of it) of the man, the times, the performance and publication history, literary interpretations. She deftly demonstrates the source of Shakespeares enduring powerhow the plays evoke responses that echo our age, just as theyve done for 400+ years.

I suspected I would like the book I was familiar with Ms. Smiths scholarship but I was surprised to find I loved it, and could not wait to resume listening to it. It feels like a set of really good, well-written lectures, and she delivers her own work very well.

Highly recommended.