A Shakespeare Treasury: 52 Great Shakespearean Speeches A Year with William Shakespeare Week by Week

Kate Emery Pogue (Author)


A Shakespeare Treasury gathers together in one volume 52 of Shakespeare's greatest and most memorable speeches. Chosen and presented in the order in which they were written, they suggest the progression of Shakespeare's writing style and reveal the changing taste of his audiences over a twenty-five year period (1588-1613). Each selection has an introductory paragraph telling the reader about the character who is speaking, what the situation is and who is listening. By reading one speech a week the reader can become acquainted with all these soliloquies and monologues in a single, enriching year. As Mrs. Pogue points out in her Introduction, "Shakespeare holds a critical place in our history and culture. To know his characters is to learn about ourselves. Untangling the language of Shakespeare's monologues reveals breathtaking depths of meaning encoded in his extraordinary metaphors, similes and other figures of speech. Never has there been so much help in understanding, or so much reward in comprehending, the treasure that is Shakespeare."

Product Details

Authors Press
Publish Date
March 04, 2020
5.98 X 0.38 X 9.02 inches | 0.72 pounds
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About the Author

A native of Evanston, Illinois, Kate Pogue received her undergraduate degree in Theatre from Northwestern University and her master's from the University of Minnesota. She was the founder of the Drama program at Houston Community College where she taught for over twenty years. During this time she was the Artistic Director of the Shakespeare by the Book Festival in Fort Bend County, Texas, and a founder, Artistic Director, and Resident Librettist for Opera To Go, the educational outreach performance company for Houston Grand Opera. She has directed over twenty Shakespeare plays at companies including Shakespeare by the Book, Houston Shakespeare Festival, and Summer Shakespeare at Notre Dame. As a librettist she has had commissions from Minnesota Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Texas Opera Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, and the Houston Symphony. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Recently retired from the University of Houston Downtown, she is currently a freelance playwright, librettist and stage director living in Houston. Her book entitled Shakespeare's Friends was published in January 2006 and Shakespeare's Family in January 2008. Shakespeare's Figures of Speech and Shakespeare's Education soon followed. Her play Freedom Train, a story about the underground railroad, was published by Encore Performance Publishing in January 2009. She is married to Bill Pogue and has two children and three grandchildren.