Item description for Brightest Heaven of Invention: A Christian Guide To Six Shakespeare Plays by Peter Leithart & Canon Press...
Overview Shakespeare was a great observer, who was able to see deeply into the patterns of human character. Dare anyone say that these insights are irrelevant to living in the real world? For many in an older generation the Bible and the Collected Shakespeare were the two indispensable books. Leithart's perceptive walk through these plays is written especially for a high school level course, but older students will benefit as well. The six plays discussed are: Henry V, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, and Much Ado About Nothing. Leithart's commentary is really a guide for exploring the beauty and depth of each of the six plays and is far more than the superficial treatment typical of most study guides. It gets into philosophy, history, culture, and other significant factors.
Publishers Description Shakespeare was, as Caesar says of Cassius, "a great observer," able to see and depict patterns of events and character. He understood how politics is shaped by the clash of men with various colorings of self-interest and idealism, how violence breeds violence, how fragile human beings create masks and disguises for protection, how schemers do the same for advancement, how love can grow out of hate and hate out of love. Dare anyone say that these insights are irrelevant to living in the real world? For many in an older generation, the Bible and the Collected Shakespeare were the two indispensable books, and thus their sense of life and history was shaped by the best and best-told stories. And they were the wiser for it. Literature abstracts from the complex events of life (just as we do every day) and can reveal patterns that are like the patterns of events in the real world. Studying Literature can give us sensitivity to those patterns and lead towards true wisdom.
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Studio: Canon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.71" Weight: 0.88 lbs.
Release Date Nov 15, 2001
Publisher Canon Press
Grade Level High School
ISBN 1885767234 ISBN13 9781885767233
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More About Peter Leithart & Canon Press
Peter Leithart (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of theology and literature at New Saint Andrews College and pastor of Trinity Reformed Church in Moscow, Idaho. He is the author of a number of books, including "A House for My Name: A Survey of the Old Testament, " "Against Christianity," and a forthcoming commentary on 2 Peter. A contributing editor for "Touchstone," he has also written articles for "First Things, " "Modern Theology," "Journal of Biblical Literature," and "Pro Ecclesia."
Peter Leithart currently resides in Moscow Moscow.
Reviews - What do customers think about Brightest Heaven of Invention: A Christian Guide To Six Shakespeare Plays?
Indispensable for teachers Mar 14, 2008
My copy of this book is highlighted and dog-eared, with book marks popping out all over the place. Mr. Leithart's analysis is wonderfully unforced. He's not jamming Shakespeare's work into a Christian mold. He is uncovering what is there. I found this especially effective in his analysis of "The Taming of the Shrew". Since Leithart wrote these when he was teaching a class himself, they are classroom tested. The introduction supplies a suggested schedule to follow. Each play is introduced, then examined Act by Act with review and thought questions. Each chapter ends with suggested essay topics, and some review of movie versions that are available to see. This is great, and I make constant use of it. Six more, Mr. Leithart, please!
My kids love Shakespeare! Oct 28, 2004
And one of the reasons for that is this book, Brightest Heaven of Invention. It is a wonderful guide to read along with your next Shakespeare play. It explains the scenes from a unique perspective--a must-have book for Shakespeare fans! Mr. Leithart, we're waiting for the next book in this series.
eye-opening Jun 14, 2000
I appreciated this book for its Christian perspective on a few of my favorite Shakespeare plays. The author explored not only the plots, but also the characters' relationships to Christ. The author made insightful parallels and comparisons between the characters and Christ and His church. I also appreciated the critiques of some of the film versions of the plays. I heartily recommend this eye-opening book!