Otto Ludwig is known in Germany as the father of psychological realism for his narrative prose. He wished to write great dramas, and undertook a detailed study of Shakespeare's plays to achieve this ambition. The notebooks in which he kept his analyses and observations were published in German after his death but are practically unknown to Shakespeare scholars in England and America. This translation makes them available for the first time.
Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; PART I: THE GENERAL ESSAYS; 1. Otto Ludwig's Introduction: My Purpose and Method; 2. Shakespeare's Characters; 3. The Scenes; 4. Shakespeare's Composition; 5. Shakespeare's Dramatic Technique; 6. Basic Dramatic Problems; 7. The Dramatist; 8. Histrionic Problems; 9. Shakespeare's Diction; 10. Shakespeare's Art; 11. The Outside World; PART II: THE INDIVIDUAL PLAYS; 1. Romeo and Juliet; 2. Richard II; 3. Macbeth. Preparation of the Mood.; 4. Hamlet; 5. Julius Caesar; 6. Merchant of Venice; 7. Lear; 8. Timon of Athens; 9. Richard III; 10. Othello; 11. On Reading Henry VI; 12. Much Ado About Nothing; 13. Troilus and Cressida; 14. Coriolanus; 15. Tiberius Gracchus. Shakespeare's Characterization; Bibliography; Index.