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Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2013
While it's not as though there has been too little written about Shakespeare or his plays, the subject continues to attract attention. In this case, we have a volume consisting of a large number of short essays, commentaries, asides, notes, stories, and vignettes about one or more of the plays, and how a given actor, director, reader, comic-book writer, or whatever, has been impacted or inspired or affected by the experience.
Some of the authors are well-known actors who have considerable experience with Shakespeare; other writers are more obscure. The quality of the writing is generally good. The essays are generally grouped together by the individual play which is the main subject of the essay, i.e. numerous essays in a row on Othello or Hamlet, etc.
If you know the plays, or most of the most well-known ones, you may well enjoy commentary on the subject. If you do not already know Shakespeare's work, this collection will likely not be of riveting interest. It's a thick book - at 500 pages you may well find yourself skimming some of the less interesting essays.