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Hamlet's Dresser A Memoir (Paperback)

Author:  Bob Smith
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0684852705
ISBN-13: 9780684852706
Sku: 31080603
Publish Date: 4/1/2003
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  288
Age Range:  NA
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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.
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A Shakespeare instructor to the acting community discusses his childhood spent with an overwhelmed mother, critical father, and severely handicapped sister; the discovery of Shakespeare that gave him a purpose and a means of viewing the world; and his work with celebrated actors, seniors, and college students. Reprint.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.

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Washington Post Book World
"[E]xcruciatingly candid...." - John F. Andrews 06/16/2002

New York Times Book Review
"Smith's book is a fitting document on madness, thoughts and remembrance." - David Finkle 05/05/2002

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0288
Product attributePublisher:   Scribner Book Company
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