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Shakespeare for All Occasions

By Barry Edelstein

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061493522, 274pp.

Publication Date: February 2, 2010


Looking for an ideal toast, quip, or remark for that special occasion or the perfect pithy comment to enliven an everyday conversation? Ask Shakespeare

A wedding vow "To you I give myself, for I am yours" (As You Like It)

A birthday greeting to me, fair fried, you can never be old. (Sonnet 104)

Party time "Let's mock the midnight bell." (Antony and Cleopatra)

The plays and poetry of the Immortal Bard make up a vast repository of wit and wisdom, insight and passion. If there's an occasion that needs commemorating, chances are there are some lines from Shakespeare that will do the job right. Whether you want to "speak the speech" with verve and flair or craft an elegant toast, lecture, or missive, world-renowned Shakespearean director and teacher Barry Edelstein will help you find the perfect "Bardism" for any occasion.

Praise For Bardisms

“A fantastic reference for anyone who loves Shakespeare!”
-Steve Martin

“Shakespeare always said it best, and after reading this accessible and insightful book, ‘I am sorry that with better heed and judgment I had not quoted him.’ (Hamlet)”
-Kevin Kline

“No Google search can discover all of what’s in this book, which is a cornucopia of the Bard’s wit and wisdom. Barry Edelstein’s book is pure pleasure, a reference book for every occasion, a substitute for a game of charades, and a teaching guide for life.”
-Ken Auletta, author and New Yorker writer

Bardisms is smart, accessible, and fun and could only have been crafted by someone as passionate and knowledgeable as Barry Edelstein. It is the perfect book to help people put Shaksepeare, not up on some shelf, but in their everyday lives.”
-George C. Wolfe, writer/director/producer

“Browse the delightful Bardisms to find a fitting quote for any mood, moment, or occasion. But read it through to learn how to enjoy Shakespeare and bring more of his language into your daily life.”
-Jacob Weisberg, Editor, Slate Magazine, author Bushisms

“Barry Edelstein’s passion for the Bard and sheer knowledge of his works is inspiring. Bardisms is an eloquent and enlightening book that allows everyone to feel like an expert on Shakespeare.”
-America Ferrera