Welcome to NAMED BY SHAKESPEARE -
- gateway to a surprisingly little-travelled path. Down this path you can consider what the names of his characters meant in his day.
Practitioners and academics study his plays for verse and prose, rhetorical tropes, imagery and linguistic felicity.
What of the names?
What did Shakespeare have in mind when he used them? What of their connotations and associations in his time? Putting on a play was a hurried affair; actors had little, if any, rehearsal as we know it. They surely ‘ran with’ the names they were given. Nowadays we’re almost inured to them. Here you have the chance to let your imagination climb on board Shakespeare's and root yourself in the background to his thinking.
“By indirections find directions out.” Indeed!
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This is an extraordinary achievement; the research is astonishing. It adds to scholarly Shakespeare studies, as well as giving actors hints that might produce unexpected and original performances - Sir PATRICK STEWART, actor
This gracefully written and hugely informative study of the names of the characters in Shakespeare's plays will be valuable both for actors and lovers of Shakespeare in general - Sir STANLEY WELLS, Honorary President of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
An amazing amount of study must have gone into this compilation and yet it wears its knowledge very lightly. It was born out of a playful curiosity but it takes you down fascinating unexpected alleyways of erudition and connections. I know I shall be dipping into this book time and time again - Dame HARRIET WALTER, actor.