The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0893 Thursday, 24 September 1998.
Date: Wednesday, 23 Sep 1998 15:04:24 -0400
Thanks to everyone who replied (mostly by private reply) to my question
regarding synopses, and my apologies for not replying to everyone
directly. However, since there was such a quick response, I thought I'd
summarize the results here (a more useful method, to my thinking, than
lots of redundant, individual messages). The strongest endorsement
seemed to go to the New Folger Series, but several people recommended
*Shakespeare A to Z* and *Shakespeare Made Easy* (with facing texts in
original and 20th century English). Others included:
THE READER'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SHAKESPEARE, ed. Campbell and Quinn (1966)
gives excellent synopses.
Stories from Shakespeare, by Marchette Chute has detailed synopses.
My book (due out in early 1999) will have less-detailed, but more
Ray Lischner, co-author (with John Doyle) of forthcoming Shakespeare for
>It's not the internet, but the Cambridge Schools editions give a page at
>a time summary, with lots of good stuff (on facing pages). My students
>just read the Hamlet and said they found the summaries and such really
>useful. They're using a more scholarly edition for the next play, so
>I'm interested to see how they like IT!
>A series called Shakespeare on Disk has detailed synopses for each
>scene, and places like the Stratford Festival in Ontario publish brief
>synopses for each play that they do and might make them available
>elsewhere, e.g. the net.
Division of Humantities
Univ. of Pitt, Bradford