Brush Up on Your Shakespeare

Summer is coming to an end, and it’s time to prepare for the coming school year. Time to put down that breezy beach read and pick up a Shakespearean classic. Brush up on the Bard’s classic works of literature by reading Douglas Bruster’s “To Be or Not to Be: Shakespeare Now!” (Continuum, 2007).

In his book, Bruster, professor of English, offers a series of intellectual stories examining Shakespeare’s individual words, idioms and phrases. With a particular focus on the complexities of Hamlet’s “To Be or Not to Be” speech, Bruster explores the myriad of questions it raises, such as knowledge and existence.

A great resource for literary scholars, actors, playgoers and readers, the book provides insight into Shakespeare’s remarkable expansion of the English language.

Bruster is the author of “Drama and the Market in the Age of Shakespeare,” “Quoting Shakespeare,” “Shakespeare and the Question of Culture” and coauthor of “Prologues to Shakespeare’s Theater.”