CRITICAL SURVEYS: SHAKESPEARE Literature Critical Survey of Shakespeare’s Plays The plays of William Shakespeare, from tragedies such as Hamlet to comedies such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, have endured since their first productions in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. A vital part of high school and college literature curricula today, these plays continue to educate and entertain, showing students—as well as the general populace—themes of humanity that have persevered throughout the ages, such as romantic love, greed, power, revenge, forgiveness, and many more. Written by leading experts in the field of Shakespearean studies, Critical Survey of Shakespeare’s Plays closely examines all 39 of Shakespeare’s plays, as well as Shakespeare’s life, style, technique, and influences. This title begins with a biography of Shakespeare and an introduction to his plays as a whole, followed by close readings of individual plays. Each essay is devoted to a single work and provides an in-depth critical analysis of the play’s historical significance, literary/dramatic techniques, and meaning to a contemporary audience. An abstract, explanation of context, and lists of keywords, works cited, and recommended books for further study also enhance each essay. The second half of the book focuses on various critical readings, analyzing Shakespeare’s form, technique, and syntax, as well as main themes, motifs, and related topics. Also included are other resources useful to studying Shakespeare’s plays, including a guide to free online sources and more literary criticism, a bibliography, a list of contributors, and three indexes. With so much comprehensive analysis of Shakespeare’s life and works, Critical Survey of Shakespeare’s Plays is a must-have resource for high school and undergraduate literature departments, as well as public libraries who wish to support their literature collections. October 2015 | One Volume, 400 Pages | Print ISBN: 978-1-61925-864-8 | Library Price: $125 Critical Survey of Shakespeare’s Sonnets “A one-stop, comprehensive overview of these classical works... Recommended. Undergraduate students; general readers.” —CHOICE “This broadly inclusive volume will be a useful addition to libraries serving a wide range of patrons. Recommended.” —ARBA This comprehensive volume offers new analysis on Shakespeare’s twenty-five most popular sonnets, as well as other helpful study guides and resources. Each essay in the Critical Survey of Shakespeare’s Sonnets is devoted to a single sonnet, providing an in-depth analysis of the sonnet’s historical significance and literary technique, and a discussion of its meaning to a contemporary audience. Written by leading experts in the field, these essays bring new dimension to the study of Shakespeare’s sonnets at both the high school and undergraduate levels. The latter half of the book features sections on form and technique—closely examining Shakespeare’s syntax—as well as main themes, noting motifs and themes put forward in Shakespeare’s sonnets that still hold value today, including: beauty, eternity, time’s destructiveness, sexuality, gender, love, depression, sorrow, memory, alienation, grieving, time, eternal youth, fidelity, and many more. A section on historical and literary context takes a closer look at Shakespeare’s contemporaries, his life, the sins of the sonnets, and present-day sonnets. Next, a resources section presents a detailed chronology of Shakespeare’s life and works, a guide to free online sources and literary criticism of his sonnets, a bibliography, a list of contributors, and an index to easily search for key words, themes, and pivotal people who impacted or were impacted by William Shakespeare. Written by leading experts in the field of Shakespearean studies, Critical Survey of Shakespeare’s Sonnets is a must-have resource for high school and undergraduate literature departments, as well as public libraries who wish to support their literature collections. July 2014 | One Volume, 355 Pages | Print ISBN: 978-1-61925-499-2 | Library Price: $125 BEST SELLER! BEST SELLER! (800) 221-1592 www.salempress.com GET ONLINE ACCESS WITH YOUR PRINT BUY! FREE Online Access FREE FREE Online Access FREE LITERATURE CRITICAL SURVEYS: SHAKESPEARE 20