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Verdi's Shakespeare: Men of the Theater
 
 
Author
Garry Wills.
Publisher Viking  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780670023042
Pages/Publication Date 225/2011
Daedalus Item Code 31132
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The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Lincoln at Gettysburg as well as profiles of Saint Augustine and such apologia as Why I Am a Catholic, lifelong opera devotee Garry Wills here explores the writing and staging of Giuseppe Verdi's three Shakespearean operas: Macbeth, Otello, and Falstaff. An Italian composer who couldn't read a word of English, Verdi nevertheless adored Shakespeare and devoted himself to faithful operatic interpretations. Wills delves into the fast-paced worlds of these two men of the theater, focusing on the intense working relationships both Shakespeare and Verdi had with the performers and producers of their works.

"Riveting…a double-barreled salvo that hits two bull's-eyes. Shakespeare scholarship is one of the world's thriving industries, with no factories but worldwide workshops. While you are reading this, there must be hundreds (thousands?) of worthies turning out articles and books from pole to pole. But Garry Wills has upped the ante. There is a fair, but not daunting, amount of musical analysis, as well as much acknowledged borrowing and quoting from other relevant writers. This only makes the book more useful, what with burrowings (rather than borrowings) a worm would be proud of, and a panorama worthy of a fly's multifaceted eye. Nomen est omen goes a Latin adage: the name is a signifier. So the noun 'Wills' suggests manifold motivation, multiple resolve. Whatever Garry undertakes, trust Wills to get done."—NYTimes

 
 
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