Shakespeare: A Writer's Progress - Philip EdwardsOxford & New York: Oxford University Press, 1986, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little age-toning and spotting to the edges of the text block. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Chronological tables ;
From the cover: “Shakespeare’s work is a unity, and the meaning of each part is enlarged by recognizing that unity. Professor Edwards stresses the continuity and inter-relationship of everything Shakespeare wrote, poems as well as plays, early writings and late, comedies and tragedies, seeing all his work as a unified exploration of human experience.
The achievement of the plays is examined under the traditional categories of comedy, history, and tragedy, with the important addition of tragicomedy, a genre which unites the middle ‘problem’ comedies with the final enigmatic ‘romances’. In discussing the tragedies, Professor Edwards puts forward an idea of tragic commitment, whereby the hero searches for deliverance through love or an act of political violence.
Rather than dictating Shakespeare’s ‘meaning’, this book encourages the reader, whether theatre-goer or student, to reach his or her own personal realization of Shakespeare’s unique importance as a writer.”