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Great Elizabethan playwrights
Nardo, Don, 1947-
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San Diego [Calif.] : Lucent Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Discusses the origins of English-speaking theater and includes facts about seven early Elizabethan playwrights, including William Shakespeare.
Birth of the English-speaking theater -- "On Your Imaginary Forces Work" : the Elizabethan theater -- The courtly dreamer : John Lyly -- Father of the revenge tragedy : Thomas Kyd -- Poet of pageant and drama : George Peele -- A man at war within himself : Robert Greene -- Risk-taker and mystery-maker : Christopher Marlowe -- A playwright for all time : William Shakespeare -- Shrewd critic of human follies : Ben Jonson.
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 10.1 5.0 63859.
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PR421 .N37 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Inventiveness and boldness were the chief hallmarks of the greatest and most influential of the Elizabethan playwrights. John Lyly, Thomas Kyd, George Peele, Robert Greene, Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, and Ben Jonson, whose lives and works are explored in this volume, used their extraordinary talents to give everyday people of all classes entertainment of a scale and quality they had never known before. And in so doing, they created the English-speaking theater practically overnight.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-These two titles are well researched and fairly comprehensive, but academic in tone and style, making them dry and unexciting. There is some understandable overlap between the two volumes. Nardo looks at the origins of English-speaking theater and profiles William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, and four other playwrights. Woog explains how the social and political climate in Britain gave rise to the genre, and also discusses the building of theaters, Elizabethan audiences, and the lives of playwrights and actors. While both titles are full of black-and-white photos and reproductions, there is nothing in the visual presentation that invites browsing. The books are strictly for reports, and will be useful in libraries where the study of drama is a particular focus.-Ronni Krasnow, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.