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William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read version of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." Prologue The Capulets and the Montagues — two families, very much alike in most respects — in the... More > beautiful city of Verona, Italy, battle each other because of a long-standing feud. Because of this feud, the hands of the citizens of Verona become dirty with the blood of other citizens of Verona. The two families have given birth to two children — a boy named Romeo and a girl named Juliet — who become ill-fated lovers and commit suicide. The burial of these lovers also buries the quarrel between their two families. These lovers’ story is told in this book.< Less
Dante's "Paradise": A Discussion Guide By David Bruce
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Royalty-free paperback edition. I have read, studied and taught Dante’s "Divine Comedy," and I wish to pass on what I have learned to other people who are interested in studying... More > Dante’s "Divine Comedy." In particular, I think that the readers of this short introduction to Dante’s "Paradise" will be bright high school seniors and college first-year students, as well as intelligent adults who simply wish to study "The Divine Comedy" despite not being literature majors. This book uses a question-and-answer format. It poses, then answers, relevant questions about Dante, background information, and "The Divine Comedy." This book goes through the "Paradise" canto by canto.< Less
Dante's Paradise: A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is a retelling in prose of Dante's "Paradise," the third part of his "Divine Comedy."
William Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus." People who read this retelling first will find the original play much easier to understand and read.
John Ford’s The Queen: A Retelling By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of John Ford's comedy (it has a happy ending) THE QUEEN. Alphonso loves a woman not enough; Velasco loves a woman too much. Alphonso will not allow the Queen (his... More > wife) to act like a woman, and Salassa will not allow Velasco to act like a man. John Ford’s play argues for a mean between extremes when it comes to relationships between men and women. According to Charles Lamb, “Ford was of the first order of poets. He sought for sublimity, not by parcels in metaphors or visible images, but directly where she has her full residence in the heart of man; in the actions and sufferings of the greatest minds.”< Less
William Shakespeare's "Timon of Athens": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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Timon of Athens has a problem. He has been immensely wealthy, and immensely generous, but some of his debts are due, and he has no money. But he is positive that his friends, to whom he has been... More > immensely generous, will be just as generous to him. His steward, Flavius, is not so positive that these friends of Timon will be generous.< Less
William Shakespeare's The Tempest: A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's “The Tempest.” This is the last play he wrote by himself, although later he co-wrote two plays with John Fletcher. In “The... More > Tempest,” Prospero, who lives on a mostly deserted island with his daughter, Miranda, uses his magic powers to regain his rightful place as Duke of Milan.< Less
William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." In it, Katherina vows before God — in the marriage ceremony — to love, honor, and obey her... More > husband, but very quickly she makes it apparent that she is not taking her vow seriously. Her husband, Petruchio, is determined to convince her to take that vow seriously. At the end of this book, Katherina makes a spirited defense of Christian marriage.< Less
Dante's "Purgatory": A Discussion Guide By David Bruce
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Paperback. I have read, studied and taught Dante’s Divine Comedy, and I wish to pass on what I have learned to other people who are interested in studying Dante’s Divine Comedy. In... More > particular, I think that the readers of this short introduction to Dante’s Purgatory will be bright high school seniors and college first-year students, as well as intelligent adults who simply wish to study The Divine Comedy despite not being literature majors. This book uses a question-and-answer format. It poses, then answers, relevant questions about Dante, background information, and The Divine Comedy. This book goes through the Purgatory canto by canto.< Less
George Peele’s The Old Wives’ Tale: A Retelling By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of George Peele's "THE OLD WIVES' TALE." It is a play within a play. An old wife tells a fairy tale to visitors. As she tells the tale, the characters come... More > to life and act out the fairy tale.< Less