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Hamlet's Dresser : A Memoir - RARE FIRST PRINTING

Smith, Bob - ('A Masterpiece' FRANK McCOURT)

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ISBN 10: 0684851423 / ISBN 13: 9780684851426
Verlag: Simon & Schuster, London, 2002
Zustand: As New Hardcover
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Unread as new FIRST PRINTING of the UK first edition hardback, in a perfect protected jacket. RARE to find this true first hardback in perfect condition - many copies of the first printing went into the libraries. This extraordinary book was hailed as a masterpiece by many reviewers. It mixes real life with illuminating passages from Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. Like Shakespeare himself, this is a grand mixture of laughter, tears, drama and sublime pleasure. An example of the redemptive power of literature, and a great way of making readers understand why people continue to fall in love with the magnificent works of Shakespeare, 500 years after the man himself disappeared. Wonderful and moving, Neil Simon wrote 'A magnificent book, poetic, sad, and brilliant'. Language: eng Language: eng 0.0 Language: eng 0.0 Language: eng 0.0. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-1255283107

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Titel: Hamlet's Dresser : A Memoir - RARE FIRST ...

Verlag: Simon & Schuster, London

Erscheinungsdatum: 2002

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand:As New

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: As New

Auflage: 1st Edition...

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A vivid and lyrical memoir of a man damaged in childhood but redeemed by Shakespeare. 'Written with such delicate and sensitive humanity that laughter and tears are constantly interchanging. What a lovely man, with a golden gift for words and a deep understanding of human frailties and fears. The Shakespearean motif is superbly handled, never tricksy or clever but true and moving. I found it inspirational; it made me look at those around me more sympathetically - especially the aged. His compassion touched me deeply'. Derek Jacobi Bob Smith was a fragile boy from a difficult household that was presided over by an unstable, depressive mother who depended on him, an unsupportive, unavailable father and a severely disabled, beautiful sister who lived at home, largely cared for by Bob. At the age of ten he stumbled upon a line from THE MERCHANT OF VENICE - 'in sooth I know not why I am so sad' - recognized himself in this poetic, melancholy language, and found a buoy that would keep him afloat for the rest of his tumultuous life. He now knows every single Shakespeare play inside and out and every week Bob teaches the play to over six hundred senior citizens. A sad, funny and inspiring account of how one man's life was saved by Shakespeare, this will be the memoir of the year.

About the Author:

Born in Stratford, Connecticut, Bob Smith first became a painter but would memorize Shakespeare's plays while he worked. He began to teach classes and then went on to directing Shakespeare, mostly in smaller theatres and college campuses. Like Shakespeare, he moved back home to Stratford in his fifties where he still lives.

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