Hamlet's Dresser A Memoir (Paperback)
|Author: Bob Smith|
|Smith gracefully weaves the stories of his bittersweet childhood and his life's work with illuminating passages from Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. A brilliant reminder of the redemptive power of literature, it will make readers fall in love with Shakespeare again or for the first time.|
From the Publisher:
The true story of a boy whose life was saved by literature, Hamlet's Dresser is a portrait of a person made whole by art. Bob Smith's childhood was a fragile and lonely one, spent largely caring for his handicapped sister, Carolyn. But at age ten, his local librarian gave him a copy of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, and it transformed him. In Bob's first look at Shakespeare's penetrating language -- "In sooth I know not why I am so sad" -- he had found a window through which to view the world. Years later, when the American Shakespeare Festival moved into Stratford and Smith was hired as Hamlet's dresser, his life's passion took shape.
Blending tragedy and comedy, Smith gracefully weaves together his childhood memories with his experiences backstage and teaching the plays. The result is a gorgeous, tender, infectious book about the restorative powers of literature and art.
A Shakespeare aficionado since age 10, Smith shares his insights on how Shakespeare's plays relate to his own life.
"Smith's book is a fitting document on madness, thoughts and remembrance." - David Finkle 05/05/2002 Washington Post Book World
"[E]xcruciatingly candid...." - John F. Andrews 06/16/2002