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Wells, Stanley 1930-

Works: 434 works in 2,321 publications in 3 languages and 55,124 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Encyclopedias  Handbooks and manuals  Reference works  Study guides  Biography  Dictionaries  Film adaptations 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Publishing director, Other, Compiler, Contributor, Dancer, ed, Collector, Interviewee, pre, edc
Classifications: PR2837.A2, 822.33
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William Shakespeare, the complete works by William Shakespeare( Book )

129 editions published between 1937 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 4,061 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the works of William Shakespeare, along with an analysis of the nature and authority of the early documents, a list of the canon and chronological order of composition, an essay on Shakespeare's language, and a bibliography
The Oxford companion to Shakespeare by Michael Dobson( Book )

55 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in English and held by 2,769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'The Oxford companion to Shakespeare' is the most comprehensive reference work available on Shakespeare's life, times, works, and his 400-year global legacy. In addition to the authoritative A-Z entries, it includes nearly 100 illustrations, a chronology, a guide to further reading, a thematic contents list, and special feature entries on each of Shakespeare's works. Tying in with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, this much-loved Companion has been revised and updated, reflecting developments and discoveries made in recent years and to cover the performance, interpretation, and the influence of Shakespeare's works up to the present day. First published in 2001, the online edition was revised in 2011, with updates to over 200 entries plus 16 new entries. These online updates appear in print for the first time in this second edition, along with a further 35,000 new and revised words. These include more than 80 new entries, ranging from important performers, directors, and scholars (such as Lucy Bailey, Samuel West, and Alfredo Michel Modenessi), to topics as diverse as Shakespeare in the digital age and the ubiquity of plants in Shakespeare's works, to the interpretation of Shakespeare globally, from Finland to Iraq. To make information on Shakespeare's major works easier to find, the feature entries have been grouped and placed in a centre section (fully cross-referenced from the A-Z). The thematic listing of entries - described in the press as 'an invaluable panorama of the contents' - has been updated to include all of the new entries. This edition contains a preface written by much-lauded Shakespearian actor Simon Russell Beale. Full of both entertaining trivia and scholarly detail, this authoritative Companion will delight the browser and reward students and academics, as well as anyone wanting to know more about Shakespeare
The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare Studies( Book )

53 editions published between 1986 and 2000 in English and German and held by 1,883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare Studies offers a comprehensive introduction to the study of Shakespeare in a series of essays specially written by an international team of eminent scholars. Studies of Shakespeare's life, and of his relationship to the thought of his time, are followed by essays connecting his writings to the literary, dramatic, and theatrical conventions of his age. There are accounts of the transmission of his text, and of the theatrical and critical fortunes of his plays from his own time to ours. Particular attention is given to the twentieth century in studies of criticism, theatre history, the plays on film and television, new critical approaches, and reference books. Each essay is followed by a reading list. A successor to Cambridge's original Companion to Shakespeare Studies (1934) and the New Companion to Shakespeare Studies (1971) this attractively written and helpfully organized volume will be an indispensable companion to anyone with a serious interest in Shakespeare
Shakespeare : for all time by Stanley Wells( Book )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at the life, career, works, and influence of William Shakespeare
Shakespeare, an illustrated dictionary by Stanley Wells( Book )

51 editions published between 1970 and 1986 in 3 languages and held by 1,435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A reference book providing a fascinating collection of information for anyone interested in the Bard, his plays, and the actors
The Cambridge companion to Shakespeare( Book )

27 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An international team of prominent scholars provide a broadly cultural approach to the chief literary, performative and historical aspects of Shakespeare's work. They bring the latest scholarship to bear on traditional subjects of Shakespeare study, such as biography, the transmission of the texts, the main dramatic and poetic genres, the stage in Shakespeare's time and the history of criticism and performance. In addition, authors engage with more recently defined topics: gender and sexuality, Shakespeare on film, the presence of foreigners in Shakespeare's England and his impact on other cultures. Helpful reference features include chronologies of the life and works, illustrations, detailed reading lists and a bibliographical essay. -- PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION
Shakespeare and co. : Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher, and the other players in his story by Stanley Wells( Book )

26 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Here is an anecdotal work of forensic biography that firmly places Shakespeare within the hectic, exhilarating world in which he lived and wrote." "Stanley Wells explores Elizabethan and Jacobean theater, both behind the scenes and in front of the curtain. He examines how the great actors of the time influenced Shakespeare's work. He writes about the lives and works of the other major writers of Shakespeare's day and discusses Shakespeare's relationships - sometimes collaborative - with each of them. And throughout, Wells shares his knowledge of the period, re-creating and celebrating the richness and variety of Shakespeare's social and cultural milieus."--Jacket
Shakespeare in the theatre : an anthology of criticism by Stanley Wells( Book )

25 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 943 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A rich, varied, and evocative collection of eyewitness accounts of Shakespearian performances over the centuries. Theatre generates an excitement that stimulates fine prose: here are Hazlitt's famous accounts of Edmund Kean as Richard III and Hamlet, Bernard Shaw on Forbes-Robertson's Hamlet and his hilarious descriptions of Augustin Daly's productions, Max Beerbohm on Gordon Craig, and Kenneth Tynan on Olivier and Wolfit. Here too are lesser-known pieces by great writers: the German novelist Theodor Fontane on Charles Kean, Evelyn Waugh on Olivier, Virginia Woolf on Twelfth Night at the Old Vic. Taken together these pieces represent an appreciation of the work of the finest Shakespearian interpreters, and a survey of changing styles of Shakespearian production--ranging right across the canon--from the seventeenth century to the present, in England, America, and further afield. The collection also provides extensive coverage of the postwar period right up to the present day.--From publisher description
Shakespeare and the moving image : the plays on film and television( Book )

26 editions published between 1994 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 928 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on the best known film, television and video versions of Shakespeare's plays
The Shakespeare book by Stanley Wells( Book )

9 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 910 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Whether you are new to the poetry and proses of Shakespeare, and in need of a guide through the complex plots and unfamiliar language, or looking for a fresh perspective on his much-loved plays and sonnets, this book will shed light on the work of one of world literature's greatest figures"--Page [4] of cover
Shakespeare, sex, & love by Stanley Wells( Book )

19 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How does Shakespeare's treatment of human sexuality relate to the sexual conventions and language of his times? Wells draws on historical and anecdotal sources to present an account of sexual behavior in Shakespeare's time, particularly in Stratford-upon-Avon and London. He explores sexuality in the poetry of the period and the ways in which Shakespeare treats sexuality in his plays and relates sexuality to love
Twelfth night; or, What you will by William Shakespeare( Book )

35 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 860 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare's comedy of mistaken romance, in which a shipwrecked woman disguises herself as a man in order to help woo a lover for a Duke, but with unexpected results
William Shakespeare, a textual companion by Stanley Wells( Book )

21 editions published between 1986 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 828 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Companion grew out of the years of research undertaken to produce The Oxford Shakespeare. Its general introduction surveys the present state of knowledge about how Shakespeare's works reached print, and describes the editorial procedures that guided the editors of the parent work
Shakespeare and race( Book )

9 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume draws together thirteen important essays on the concept of race in Shakespeare's drama. The authors, who themselves reflect racial and geographical diversity, explore issues of ethnography, politics, religion, identity, nationalism and the distribution of power in Shakespeare's plays."--Jacket
Shakespeare's sonnets ; and, A lover's complaint by William Shakespeare( Book )

31 editions published between 1985 and 2003 in English and held by 767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakepeare's sonnets - A lovers's complaint
The Cambridge companion to Shakespeare on stage by Stanley Wells( Book )

25 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Companion is designed for readers interested in past and present productions of Shakespeare's plays, both in and beyond Britain. The first six chapters describe aspects of the British performing tradition in chronological sequence, from the early staging of Shakespeare's own time, through to the present day. Each relates Shakespearean developments to broader cultural concerns and adopts an individual approach and focus, on textual adaptation, acting, stages, scenery or theater management. These are followed by three explorations of acting: tragic and comic actors and women performers of Shakespeare roles. A section on international performance includes chapters on interculturalism, on touring companies and on political theater, with separate accounts of the performing traditions of North America, Asia and Africa. Over forty pictures illustrate performers and productions of Shakespeare from around the world. An amalgamated list of items for further reading completes the book
A dictionary of Shakespeare by Stanley Wells( Book )

42 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and held by 691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This concise, illustrated dictionary of Shakespeariana, compiled by one of the best-known authorities on his works, contains alphabetically arranged entries guiding the reader to a wealth of information on all aspects of Shakespeare in his own time and on his impact and influence on later ages. Stanley Wells provides clear entries on every facet of Shakespearean interest, including the Bard's life and times, the sources and early publication of his works and their performance history on stage and screen, actors such as Edmund Kean and Kenneth Branagh and writers especially associated with them, derivative operas and other musical works, theaters, editions, international Shakespeare organizations, and more. The volume is complemented by a series of striking pronouncements about Shakespeare over the ages from Jane Austen to Bernard Levin, tables providing interesting facts about the plays, famous documents bearing Shakespeare's signature, and a useful guide to further reading
King Lear : the 1608 Quarto and 1623 Folio texts by William Shakespeare( Book )

32 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"King Lear, widely considered Shakespeare's most deeply moving, passionately expressed, and intellectually ambitious play, has almost always been edited from the revised version printed in the First Folio of 1623, with additions from the quarto of 1608. Acting on recent discoveries, this volume presents the first full, scholarly edition to be based firmly on the quarto, now recognized as the base text from which all others derive. A thorough, attractively written introduction suggests how the work grew slowly in Shakespeare's imagination, fed by years of reading, thinking, and experience as a practical dramatist. Analysis of the great range of literary and other sources from which he shaped the tragedy, and of its critical and theatrical history, indicates that the play felt as shocking and original to early audiences as it does now. Its challenges have often been evaded, notably in Nahum Tate's notorious adaptation. During the twentieth century, however, deeper understanding of the conventions of Shakespeare's theatre restored confidence in the theatrical viability of his original text, while the play has also generated a remarkable range of off-shoots in film, television, the visual arts, music, and literature." "The commentary to this edition offers detailed help in understanding the language and dramaturgy in relation to the theatres in which King Lear was first performed. Additional sections reprint the early ballad, ignored by all modern editors, which was among its earliest derivatives, and provide additional guides to understanding and appreciating one of the greatest masterworks of Western civilization."--Jacket
Shakespeare's Sonnets by William Shakespeare( Book )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Shakespeare's Sonnets are among the most fascinating poems in the English language. They are central to an understanding of his life and work as both poet and poetic dramatist. Yet many myths and superstitions have arisen around them. This book challenges assumptions and encourages fresh readings of these poems. Edmondson and Wells consider the Sonnets both as individual works and in relation to each other. A feature of the book is its survey of the Sonnets' reputation, their appropriation by other creative writers, and their status and potential as texts to be performed."--Jacket
Selected writings by Thomas Nash( Book )

5 editions published between 1964 and 1965 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Stanley Wells britischer Shakespearewissenschaftler, Autor und Hochschullehrer

Stanley Wells Brits literatuurhistoricus

Stanley Wells historiador de la literatura británico

Weels, Stanley

Wells, Stanley.

Wells, Stanley 1930-

Wells, Stanley W.

Wells, Stanley W., 1930-

Wells, Stanley William

Wells, Stanley William 1930-

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The Oxford companion to ShakespeareThe Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare StudiesShakespeare : for all timeThe Cambridge companion to ShakespeareShakespeare and co. : Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher, and the other players in his storyShakespeare in the theatre : an anthology of criticismShakespeare and the moving image : the plays on film and televisionShakespeare, sex, & love