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William Shakespeare’s "The Merchant of Venice": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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One theme of the play is the harmful effects that prejudice can have on people. It can make someone want to cut a pound of flesh from a living person. It can make someone spit on the clothing and the... More > beard of an old person. We can sympathize with Shylock because he is the victim of prejudice, but he also is guilty of prejudice. He hates Antonio in part because he is a Christian, although he has some other very good reasons for hating Antonio. We ought not to sympathize with Shylock when he wants Antonio to pay the penalty that is in the contract that Antonio signed.< Less
William Shakespeare's "Henry V": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Henry V," a history play that includes King Henry V of England's victory in the Battle of Agincourt.
William Shakespeare's "2 Henry IV," aka "Henry IV, Part 2": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's history play "2 Henry IV," aka "Henry IV, Part 2."
William Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read version of William Shakespeare's comedy "The Merry Wives of Windsor."
William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is a retelling in prose of William Shakespeare's comedy "Twelfth Night." In it, a pair of twins — a brother and a sister — are separated and each thinks that the other... More > dead. Of course, they end up finding each other, and they end up finding romantic partners. A major supporting character is Malvolio, who is guilty of the sin of pride. Other supporting characters are the alcoholic Sir Toby Belch and the foolish Sir Andrew Aguecheek, as well as the wise fool and jester Feste. This retelling is in easy-to-read modern English. Readers may find it useful to read before tackling Shakespeare's early English.< Less
The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other (Volume 5) By David Bruce
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This book contains 250 stories of good deeds, including this one: In 1995, Bobby Orr turned his house into a Hospice for former Bruins trainer John “Frosty” Forristall, who was dying of... More > brain cancer. Mr. Orr had roomed for several years with Mr. Forristall, who helped him rehab from his injuries. In 1970, Mr. Orr scored the goal that won the Stanley Cup for the Bruins. As a gift, Mr. Forristall had Mr. Orr’s skates bronzed. They are now in the Orr exhibit at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, along with a bronze plaque inscribed with Mr. Forristall’s words: “May you be as proud and happy always as we were on May 10, 1970, when you unlaced these skates.” When Mr. Forristall became ill, he had little money. Mr. Orr cared for him until he died at age 51. Bill Forristall, Frosty’s brother, said, “Bobby knows how to spell the word ‘humble.’ He was very good to my brother.”< Less
The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other (Volume 5) By David Bruce
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This book contains 250 stories of good deeds, including this one: In 1995, Mr. Orr turned his house into a Hospice for former Bruins trainer John “Frosty” Forristall, who was dying of... More > brain cancer. Mr. Orr had roomed for several years with Mr. Forristall, who helped him rehab from his injuries. In 1970, Mr. Orr scored the goal that won the Stanley Cup for the Bruins. As a gift, Mr. Forristall had Mr. Orr’s skates bronzed. They are now in the Orr exhibit at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, along with a bronze plaque inscribed with Mr. Forristall’s words: “May you be as proud and happy always as we were on May 10, 1970, when you unlaced these skates.” When Mr. Forristall became ill, he had little money. Mr. Orr cared for him until he died at age 51. Bill Forristall, Frosty’s brother, said, “Bobby knows how to spell the word ‘humble.’ He was very good to my brother.”< Less
Dante's "Inferno": A Discussion Guide By David Bruce
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Royalty-free paperback edition. This book is a question-and-answer guide to Dante's "Inferno," the first volume of his great trilogy "The Divine Comedy." This book provides... More > background information and an interpretation of the poem and is meant to be a guide for new readers and new teachers of the "Inferno." I have read and taught Dante's "Inferno" many times at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.< Less
Dante's "Inferno": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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Print edition. This is a retelling of Dante's "Inferno" in novel form. This edition is easy to read.
Virgil's "Aeneid": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is a retelling in novel form of the Latin epic poem "Aeneid" by Virgil. My theme is war and a particular man—a man driven by destiny to abandon Troy and sail to western Italy to... More > fulfill his fate of founding the people who would build Rome. Fulfilling his destiny was not easy. Juno, the wife of Jupiter, the king of gods and men, opposed him, as did many warriors. They did not want him to bring his household gods—the Penates—to Latium on the western coast of Italy, to found the city of Lavinium, and to marry Lavinia and become the ancestor of the Romans.< Less