Shakespeare Basics for Grown-ups


Author: E. Foley, B. Coates
Genre: Nonfiction, History, Plays, Theatre
Publisher: Plume
Publication Date: June 16, 2015
Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN: 9780147515360



Book summary:

The Bard was so incredibly prolific that even most Shakespeare scholars would welcome the occasional refresher course, and most of the rest of us haven’t even got a clue as to what a petard actually is. Fear not, the bestselling authors of Homework for Grown-Ups are here to help. For parents keen to help with their children’s homework, casual theatre-goers who want to enhance their enjoyment and understanding, and the general reader who feels they should probably know more, Shakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups includes information on the key works, historical context, contemporaries and influences, famous speeches and quotations, modern day adaptations, and much, much more.


This is a great book for anyone that enjoys some of Shakespeare’s works, yet do not know much about him. The book talks about what we do know about Shakespeare and it also talks about the world Shakespeare grew up in. I found that very interesting and it gave me a better understanding of his world and what was going on outside of his works.

After that, they break up his works by The Comedies, The Histories, The Tragedies, and The Poems. Between these sections, it goes into details of his works. They are broken down to plot summary, key themes, key scenes, key symbols, and a few other interesting facts depending on the plays. The authors are very detailed and wrote the book in a way that anyone reading it can understand.

Shakespeare Basics for Grown-ups is such a great idea and extremely helpful for anyone wanting to learn about Shakespeare and his different works. For any readers out there that are knowledgeable on Shakespeare then you might not want to read the book unless you feel the need for a refresher or just interested in reading the authors thoughts on Shakespeare. For me, this book was great and I was able to learn more about Shakespeare. In school we only touched a bit on Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and Midsummer Night’s Dream so this book was great for me. I would definitely thank goodreads giveaway for this book.


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