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Wells, Stanley 1930-

Works: 658 works in 2,974 publications in 4 languages and 61,678 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Tragedies (Drama)  Biographies  History  Encyclopedias  Handbooks and manuals  Reference works  Poetry  Study guides 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Publishing director, Other, Compiler, Contributor, Dancer, Publisher, ed, Collector, 080, 070, Redactor, pre, Interviewee, 340
Classifications: PR2837.A2, 822.33
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Most widely held works about Stanley Wells
Most widely held works by Stanley Wells
The Oxford companion to Shakespeare by Michael Dobson( Book )

60 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in English and held by 3,430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A truly fun, accessible, and contextually rich companion to the vast world and work of Shakespeare. Spanning the historical and contemporary, and the literary and dramatic, this authoritative and illustrative 3,000-entry compendium is well constructed, solidly cross-referenced, and above all, delightful and interesting reading."--"Outstanding Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2002
The complete works by William Shakespeare( Book )

115 editions published between 1937 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 2,513 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
Shakespeare, sex, & love by Stanley Wells( )

24 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 2,227 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
King Lear by William Shakespeare( )

37 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 1,909 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."--BOOK JACKET
The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare Studies by Stanley Wells( Book )

61 editions published between 1986 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,869 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's sonnets by Paul Edmondson( )

14 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 1,742 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
Shakespeare : a bibliographical guide by Stanley W Wells( Book )

55 editions published between 1973 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume, an updated and revised version of the "Bibliographical Guide" published in 1974, includes nine new chapters. Like its predecessor, it aims to help readers deal with the immense amount of scholarly and critical writings on Shakespeare. The contributors provide critical guides to reading in their allotted areas. The bulk of the volume is made up of chapters on separate works or groups of works. Other chapters are devoted to the studies of Shakespeare, to studies of his text and of his plays in relation to the theatre both of his own time and of later ages, and to recent developments in theoretical criticism. Full references are given for all the writings mentioned
William Shakespeare, the complete works by William Shakespeare( Book )

19 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 1,469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new edition of Shakespeare's works, presented in a newly considered chronological order, with original titles restored, and the canon reconsidered
Shakespeare : for all time by Stanley Wells( Book )

19 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

58 editions published between 1970 and 1986 in 4 languages and held by 1,380 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 by Margreta De Grazia( Book )

30 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 1,357 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 )

32 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 1,205 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
The Shakespeare book by Stanley Wells( Book )

12 editions published between 2015 and 2019 in English and held by 1,193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Shakespeare Book is the perfect primer to the works of William Shakespeare, packed with witty illustrations and inspirational quotes. Covering every work, from the comedies of Twelfth Night and As You Like It to the tragedies of Julius Caesar and Hamlet, plus lost plays and less well-known works of poetry. Easy-to-understand graphics and illustrations bring the themes, plots, characters and language of Shakespeare to life. This includes illustrated timelines which offer an at-a-glance summary of the action for each play. With detailed plot summaries and an in-depth analysis of the major characters and themes, this is a brilliant, innovative exploration of the entire canon of Shakespeare plays, sonnets and poetry. Whether you're a Shakespeare scholar or a student of the great Bard, The Shakespeare Book offers a fuller appreciation of his phenomenal talent and lasting legacy. (Trove)
A dictionary of Shakespeare by Stanley Wells( Book )

46 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and Russian and held by 1,059 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This concise, illustrated dictionary of Shakepeariana, compiled by one of the best-known authorities on his works, guides the reader to a wealth of information on all aspects of Shakespeare in his own time and on his impact and influence in later ages. 20 illustrations. Stanley Wells provides clear entries on: Shakespeare's life and times, the sources and early publication of his works, their performance history on stage and screen, actors such as Edmund Kean and Kenneth Branagh, and writers especially associated with them, operas and other musical works deriving from them, theaters, editions, international Shakespeare organizations-in short, on all aspects of Shakespearean interest. 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
Literature and drama : with special reference to Shakespeare and his contemporaries by Stanley Wells( )

21 editions published between 1970 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 983 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1970. <BR><BR>This book examines the areas of plays that are dependent upon the art of the theatre and the fluidity of interpretation to which this gives rise. It discusses the printing of plays and the limited attempts that have have been made to convey theatrical experience, taking as a particular example a masque by Ben Jonson. Finally, some of the problems created by the instability of theatrical art
Shakespeare in the theatre : an anthology of criticism by Stanley W Wells( Book )

26 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 969 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
Twelfth night; or, What you will by William Shakespeare( Book )

44 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The arrival of shipwrecked twins in the land of Illyria creates havoc in this comical story of love in disguise
Shakespeare and the moving image : the plays on film and television by Anthony Davies( Book )

28 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and German and held by 953 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

29 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 934 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 theatre 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 theatre, 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
William Shakespeare, a textual companion by Stanley W Wells( Book )

29 editions published between 1986 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 891 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
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The Oxford companion to Shakespeare
The complete worksShakespeare, sex, & loveKing LearThe Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare StudiesShakespeare's sonnetsShakespeare : a bibliographical guideShakespeare : for all timeThe Cambridge companion to Shakespeare
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Stanley Wells britischer Shakespearewissenschaftler, Autor und Hochschullehrer

Stanley Wells Brits literatuurhistoricus

Stanley Wells historiador de la literatura británico

Stanley Wells studioso shakespeariano

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Wells, Stanley William

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