|Plot Summary of Acting Shakespeare|
|"In this book Sir John Gielgud, one of the masters of the 20th century British stage, focuses primarily on his work acting in and directing various productions of Shakespeare. His career spanned from the early 1920s to the title role in Peter Greenaway's 1991 film "Prospero's Books." Gielgud not only acted alongside Laurence Olivier, Peggy Ashcroft, Edith Evans, Ralph Richardson, Claire Bloom, Cyril Cusack, Anthony Quayle, and Robert Shaw, but directed productions that starred many of these renowned players. He also talks about other Shakespearean performers he saw on stage, including Charles Laughton, John Barrymore, and Orson Welles. Part autobiography, part essay on acting and Shakespeare's ability, this 1991 book is a gentle, easy read."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Acting Shakespeare|
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Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- long lived adults
Biography of famous person?
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- average physique
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Book makes you feel?
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
- A ton 16-20 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 76%-100% of book
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