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Shakespeare for everyone Three new books about the Bard aim at very different audiences.

How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare (Crown) by Ken Ludwig, a renowned playwright (Lend Me a Tenor), explains how easy, and how valuable, it is to teach the plays to your kids — or yourself.

Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine (Pantheon) by Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster (he's a philosopher, she's a psychoanalyst, they're married) delivers an engaging and expansive reading of one of Shakespeare's richest plays.

William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope (Quirk) by Ian Doescher cleverly recasts the space epic in iambic pentameter: Good friend, take heed! The scanner doth report / A droid ahead. Pray, swiftly take us hence — / Belike our R2-D2 there awaits!

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Notable: Shakespeare for everyone 07/13/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 12:04pm]
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