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 the past thirty years, Marjorie Garber offers passionate and revealing readings of the plays in chronological sequence, from The Two Gentlemen of Verona to The Two Noble Kinsmen. Supremely readable and engaging, and complete with a comprehensive introduction to Shakespeare’s life and times and an extensive bibliography, this magisterial work is an ever-replenishing fount of insight on the most celebrated writer of all time.
“Until somebody even smarter than Garber comes along. . . this is the indispensable introduction to the indispensable writer. . . . She’s continually mindful of both Shakespeare’s universality and his specific historical context as well as his original stage. . . . Garber’s is the most exhilarating seminar room you’ll ever enter.” —David Gates, Newsweek
“Marjorie Garber’s Shakespeare courses at Yale and Harvard have played to packed houses for years. Now, in a bravura performance, she offers all readers of Shakespeare the benefits of her wit and learning, in a wondrously lively and authoritative study that takes up the plays one by one.” —Jonathan Culler, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Cornell University
“I sat in on a lecture in Professor Garber’s Harvard course in the early 90’s. It was the single best talk on Shakespeare I’d ever heard.” —John Lithgow, actor
“Marge Garber's knowledge of Shakespeare is breathtaking. Her intellectual vigor and originality are in evidence on every page of Shakespeare After All.” —Tina Packer, Artistic Director, Shakespeare & Company
“The best one-volume critical guide to the plays. . . . Stimulating and informative.” —San Jose Mercury News
“An enraptured ceremony of adoration. . . . Ambitious and thorough. . . . This is a useful book [and] a source of elucidation.” —Newsday
“[Garber’s] introduction is an exemplary account of what is known about Shakespeare and how his work has been read and regarded through the centuries, while the individual essays display scrupulous and subtle close reading.” —The New Yorker
WINNER 2005 - Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Book Award
Marjorie Garber is William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English and American Literature and Language and chair of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. She lives in Cambridge and Nantucket, Massachusetts.