Contemporary Shakespeare Production suggests that analysis and description of selected productions is the only valid approach to understanding Shakespeare's art. It looks specifically at Richard II, Henry V, Ophelia, The Tempest, allusions to Shakespeare in film, and recent film and television productions of As You Like It, The Merchant of Venice, and King Lear.
The Author: H. R. Coursen attended Amherst College, Wesleyan University, and The University of Connecticut. He teaches Shakespeare at Southern New Hampshire University and Aviation History at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He has published 20 novels, 30 books of poetry, and 17 books on Shakespeare. In 1996, a poll conducted by Penn State University named him "one of the twenty-five master teachers of Shakespeare in the twentieth century". In recent years, he has won the New England Poetry Club prizes for best book, best poem, and best translation.