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The Meaning of Shakespeare: Volume 2 by Harold C. Goddard


Cover by Ralph Creasman.

Published by Phoenix Books / The University of Chicago Press. This copy is from the 1962 printing.

Plays discussed - Troilus and Cressida, All's Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, Othello, Macbeth, King Lear, Timon of Athens, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale, The Tempest


300 pages / 5.25 x 8 x .6 inches / 13.5 x 20 x 1.5 centimeters


Please see the images above for an accurate representation of what the book looks like (& ignore the blue-tinted photos - I need to retake those sometime soon), but...

Some fading / discoloration to the cover, particularly along the top of the front.

Pages have yellowed with age.

Book plate on first page.

The book smells as though it was stored with potpourri or something of the sort. Hey - that's better than a moldy book smell, right?


"An excellent work: personal, well-considered, responsible, and provocative. The approach to Shakespeare is always absolutely fresh, and . . . its discoveries many and valuable." - Mark Van Doren

"Dr. Goddard's viewpoint is always basically illuminating. He sees Shakespeare's characters as real human beings, alive and whole. This is what I have always tried to achieve in the theater; I do not know of many writers who have so successfully put this quality into print." - Margaret Webster

". . . a warm and human reading of Shakespeare, which the student and the general reader will find truly enlightening." - Lionel Trilling

". . . written by one who has enjoyed the plays and who sees in them both aesthetic values and a genuine moral relevance to our own time. It is literary criticism which is sensitive and stimulating . . . . " - College English

The Meaning of Shakespeare: Volume 2 by Harold C. Goddard


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