The Artistic Links Between William Shakespeare and Sir Thomas More

Radically Different Richards

Authors: Hallett, C.

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The Halletts' investigation differs from anything that has been written about the relationship between Thomas More and William Shakespeare in that it approaches the subject from a dramaturgical point of view. This book defines, in specific terms, what Shakespeare learned from his study of More's History  and how he learned it. 

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CHARLES HALLETT Emeritus Professor of English at Fordham University, USA, and Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College, USA. 
ELAINE HALLETT received a B.A. in Renaissance drama from The New School, USA, was editor at Theatre Arts Books for many years and later wrote reviews and essays for New Oxford Review
 
 

Reviews

"One of the strengths of this book is the way it takes the craft of characterization seriously. The majority of its pages are taken up by careful comparison of passages and an analysis of the way Shakespeare 'removes', 'binds', 'substitutes' and 'transforms' elements that are there in his source text, creating, first a complicity between the audience and his protagonist and then removing it suddenly as the play draws to its close. The authors pour constant praise on the artistic judgement of the dramatist as he 'deftly', 'brilliantly', 'marvellously' works towards 'the peak of his power', taking not More but Richard himself as the 'mentor' by whose aid he makes the breakthrough to a mature theatrical style." - Times Literary Supplement

"This wonderfully erudite study should be of great interest to all lovers of Shakespeare in particular and the theatre in general. I found it very easy to read and very hard to put down." - Frederick Pyne, actor and former president of the British Actor's Equity

"The relevance of More to Richard III is familiar enough, but the script's transformation of his details has never been so comprehensively reviewed. The book proceeds through the play scene by scene, ingeniously stressing the cumulative effect of Shakespeare's development of Richard's perspective as the key to the success of the script. Many of the detailed observations are thoughtful and clarify the exact working of theatrical effects in the scenes, which should be of interest to actors as well as critics." - Hugh Richmond, Professor Emeritus of English, University of California Berkeley and Director of "Shakespeare's Staging"

"This study offers a focused analysis of the dramatic structure of Richard III and a compelling answer to the question of how Shakespeare became Shakespeare. Those who thought they knew Richard III will be startled by the insights the Halletts offer." - June Schlueter, Charles A. Dana Professor Emerita of English, Lafayette College


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • “More Virtually does Shakespeare’s Work for him”: Dogmas of the “More Myth”

    Pages 13-38

    Hallett, Charles A. (et al.)

  • “Thou Art a Traitor. Off with his Head!”: Applying the Ricardian Shock to de Casibus Narrative

    Pages 41-84

    Hallett, Charles A. (et al.)

  • “For on that Ground I’ll make a holy Descant—”: Two con men show how their Thespian Skills Brought Richard’s Cause “to a Happy Issue”

    Pages 85-129

    Hallett, Charles A. (et al.)

  • “Was Ever Woman in this Humor Woo’d?/Was Ever Woman in this Humor Won?”: Richard’s Boast of his Prowess as Lover and Playwright

    Pages 133-163

    Hallett, Charles A. (et al.)

  • “The Most Arch act of Piteous Massacre/that Ever yet this Land was Guilty Of”: How Shakespeare’s Method of Exposing Richard Differs from More’s

    Pages 167-184

    Hallett, Charles A. (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Artistic Links Between William Shakespeare and Sir Thomas More
Book Subtitle
Radically Different Richards
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Charles A. Hallett and Elaine S. Hallett
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-11952-9
DOI
10.1057/9780230119529
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-11367-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-29536-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 293
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