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Marjorie Garber
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Marjorie Garber is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English and of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, and chair of the Program in Dramatic Arts. She has served as director of the Humanities Center at Harvard, chair of the department of Visual and Environmental Studies, and director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. A member of the Board of Directors of the American Council of Learned Societies and a trustee of the English Institute, she is the former president of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, and a continuing member of its board. She is the author of sixteen books and has edited seven collections of essays on topics from Shakespeare to literary and cultural theory to the arts and intellectual life, including Shakespeare After All, which was acclaimed as one of Newsweek’s ten best nonfiction books of 2004 and received the 2005 Christian Gauss Award from the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

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Sex and Real Estate
Why We Love Houses
Written by Marjorie Garber


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 18, 2001
Price: $15.00

Real estate has become a form of “yuppie pornography.” Hopes of summer romance have given way to hopes of summer homes, and fantasies of Romeo have been replaced by fantasies of remodeling. Even real estate ads are flirtatious in their offers of bedrooms that are sensuous and sinks that are seductive... Read more >
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Sex and Real Estate
Why We Love Houses
Written by Marjorie Garber


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 15, 2010
Price: $11.99

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Shakespeare and Modern Culture

Written by Marjorie Garber


Format: eBook
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 9, 2008
Price: $14.99

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Shakespeare After All

Written by Marjorie Garber


Format: Trade Paperback, 1008 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 20, 2005
Price: $23.00

Winner of the CHRISTIAN GAUSS AWARD for Literary Scholarship

A brilliant and companionable tour through all thirty-eight plays, Shakespeare After All is the perfect introduction to the bard by one of the country’s foremost authorities on his life and work. Drawing on her hugely popular lecture courses at Yale and Harvard over... Read more >
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Shakespeare After All

Written by Marjorie Garber


Format: eBook, 1008 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 19, 2008
Price: $18.99

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Shakespeare and Modern Culture

Written by Marjorie Garber


Format: Trade Paperback, 372 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 2009
Price: $17.95

From one of the world's premier Shakespeare scholars comes a magisterial new study whose premise is "that Shakespeare makes modern culture and that modern culture makes Shakespeare."

Shakespeare has determined many of the ideas that we think of as "naturally" true: ideas about human character, individuality and selfhood, government, leadership, love and... Read more >
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The Use and Abuse of Literature

Written by Marjorie Garber


Format: eBook, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 29, 2011
Price: $15.99

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The Use and Abuse of Literature

Written by Marjorie Garber


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 29, 2011
Price: $28.95

In this deep and engaging meditation on the useful­ness and uselessness of reading in the digital age, Harvard English professor Marjorie Garber (“One of the most powerful women in the academic world.”—The New York Times) aims to reclaim “literature” from the periphery of our personal, educational, and pro­fessional lives and restore... Read more >
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The Use and Abuse of Literature

Written by Marjorie Garber


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $16.95

In this deep and engaging meditation on the usefulness and uselessness of reading in the digital age, Harvard English professor Marjorie Garber aims to reclaim “literature” from the periphery of our personal, educational, and professional lives and restore it to the center, as a radical way of thinking.

But what is... Read more >
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