All the World's a Grave: A New Play by William Shakespeare

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5.14 X 7.68 X 0.45 inches | 0.38 pounds

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About the Author
John Reed is the author of the novels A Still Small Voice, The Whole, Snowball's Chance, All The World's A Grave: A New Play by William Shakespeare, Tales of Woe, and Free Boat: Collected Lies and Love Poems. He is a two-term member of the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle, and a professor of creative writing at the New School.
"What a dramatic re-imagination is herein offered us!"--Richard Foreman

"The literary Trick of the Year!"--New York Post

"A shrewd, gutsy remix that brings the conscience of Shakespeare to our troubled time."--Spalding Gray

"An inspired bit of bricolage... fascinating and entertaining. Reed clearly loves the Bard. His pastiche contains many of Shakespeare's best passages, which are always a delight to reread. More impressive, though, Reed fashions from this familiar material a story containing enough surprises to delight even those well versed in the Bard."--Jack Helbig, Booklist

"What's destabilizing--and often wildly comical--is not just the rude mash-up of characters and settings violently plucked from their canonical sources but the way in which the power of Shakespeare's language flickers uneasily, surging and hissing and fizzing out only to revive and fade again as the words play against their new contexts."--Christianity Today, Favorite Books of 2008

"Reed's performance (classical post-Modernism, I guess you could call it) turned out to be a fabulously imaginative reinvention of existing Shakespearean plays into a completely new one, like a chemistry experiment re-linking polymers into new fabric... wonderfully clear, sophisticated fun."--Allan Jalon, Huffington Post

"Reed caramelizes the Bard's plays into a great and terrifying world... a dizzying feat of writing and scholarship, and uncannily contemporary in its brew of constant trouble."--Lynne Tillman

"Reed has brought music's remix culture to literature with stunning results."--David Gutowski, largehearted boy

"Alerted the world to a timbre of postmodern genius never before seen in American letters."--Rami Shamir, Evergreen Review

"A wicked illusionist."--Los Angeles Journal

"This send-up of the bard is both new yet familiar; by using a literary form of montage, Reed plays with our understanding of some of the best known characters from Shakespeare's oeuvre and creates a work that is eerie in its timeliness."--Finn Harvor, Rain Taxi