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