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Will & Me: How Shakespeare Took Over My Life [Paperback]

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"Dominic Dromgoole is a fitting witness to the passage of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre from curiosity to respected showcase."-The New York Times

"A passionate, often very funny account."-The Economist

"A superbly written, infectiously high-spirited narrative. It is a bumptious, opinionated memoir crammed with fascinating anecdotes, finely tuned phrases, and genuine shafts of insight. A book hard to put down."-Terry Eagleton

William Shakespeare has always been part of Dominic Dromgoole's life. Here he recounts the story of his life through Shakespeare, and in turn shows us what Shakespeare can tell us about the world. In this freewheeling and passionate exploration of Shakespeare the artist, the man, the playwright, and the genius, Dromgoole explores why it is that he can enter our lives with such force and teach us so much about living.

Using his own encounters as a guide, Dromgoole shows how Shakespeare's words on war, love, death, drunkenness, family, friendship, and everything else reveal us to ourselves. This is the true nature of Shakespeare, a godhead of comic, sexual, sublime humanism, whose plays and characters have become a universal gateway to an understanding of the world.

A passionate Shakespearean practically since birth, Dominic Dromgoole is the new artistic director for the Globe Theatre, the playhouse Shakespeare made famous. He is a columnist for the Guardian and a regular contributor to The Sunday Times. His first book, The Full Room, was one of the most controversial and successful theater books in England of the last few years.

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Pages   294
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.66 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2007
Publisher   Pegasus Books
ISBN  1933648465  
ISBN13  9781933648460  

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More About Dominic Dromgoole

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dominic Dromgoole is the artistic director of the Globe Theatre situated on the South Bank, London, the author of The Full Room: An AZ of Contemporary Playwriting (Methuen Drama, 2001) and Will & Me: How Shakespeare Took Over My Life (Penguin, 2006).

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Remember, it is a memoir  Jul 8, 2008
The Publisher's Weekly reviewer of this book seems to completely forget, when he/she says "too much Dromgoole, not enough Will", that this book is a memoir--it says so as part of the subtitle. So, yes, this book is a memoir of English Director Dominic Dromgoole's life, as Shakespeare has influenced and in some ways "directed" it. It is not necessarily, or primarily, a book "about" Shakespeare--the author did not intend it as such. The first part, entitled "The Life" is a telling of Dromgoole's life, through various encounters with Shakespeare...through his family, his student days, his acting and his directing. Snippets from Shakespeare's plays are inserted to highlight and instruct various aspects of living one's life. I find this entertaining and appealing, not earth-shattering in new ways of reading or interpreting Shakespeare.
I found, though, even more engaging the second part of the book, called "The Walk", wherein Dromgoole sets out with his good friend Quentin (and at times, including others) on a sort of "pilgrimage" walk from Shakespeare's birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon to the Globe Theatre in London (where Mr.Dromgoole is Artistic Director). It is a partly humorous, but nicely descriptive travelogue, as well as a discussion of the "meaning' of Shakespeare. The conversations between Mr. Dromgoole and Quentin were entertaining to read, and on more than one occasion, did, yes, make me think a little myself about what the genius of Shakespeare really is. This book is certainly not an academic treatise on Shakespeare, but is in some ways more useful to readers as it is highly personal. And maybe this is how Shakespeare really should be presented--he was the most personal of writers, amongst everything else.

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