Shakespeare

By Mark Van Doren; David Lehman (Foreword by)
New York Review of Books, Paperback, 9781590171684, 302pp.

Publication Date: August 2005

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Description
This legendary book by an esteemed poet and beloved professor at Columbia University features a series of smart, witty, deeply perceptive essays about each of Shakespeare's plays, together with a further discussion of the poems. Writing with an incomparable knowledge of his subject but without a hint of pedantry, Van Doren elucidates both the astonishing boldness and myriad subtleties of Shakespeare's protean art. His "Shakespeare" is a book to be treasured by both new and longtime students of the Bard.



About the Author


David Lehman is the author of The Daily Mirror and the editor of The Best American Poetry series.

Star Black is the author of four collections of poems, and is a professional photographer.

They both live in New York City.




Praise For Shakespeare

"Van Doren’s Shakespeare got me through Harry Levin’s [Harvard] course back in 1951. Whenever I read a Shax play I reread what Van Doren said about it." — John Updike

"Professor Van Doren enlightens us, not because he has any special knowledge or private advantages, but because his love of Shakespeare has been greater than our own." — W.H. Auden

"If during my stay at Columbia I had met only Mark Van Doren and his work, it would have been worth the trouble." — Delmore Schwartz

"It was the force of his example that made me a poet." — John Berryman

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