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Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year

Penguin. Sept. 2020. 608p. ISBN 9781509890323. $23.31. REF
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Actor and Shakespeare enthusiast Esiri offers fans of the Bard a way to savor favorite quotes (Jan. 1: “Two households, both alike in dignity…”) and discover new ones throughout the year. Esiri annotates each selection, choosing from sonnets, songs within plays, and the plays themselves. Passages are matched with care, with “Sonnet 29” (“Haply I think on thee…”) for Valentine’s Day, Jaques’s “Ages of Man” speech from As You Like It on Shakespeare’s birthday, and a speech from the witches from Macbeth chosen for Halloween.
VERDICT A diverting compendium, probably more suited to personal purchase, while enjoyable through library checkout as well.

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