Read Shakespeare's Original Pronunciation by The British Library Online

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How did Shakespeare sound to the audiences of his day? For the first time, this disc offers listeners the chance to hear England's greatest playwright performed by a company of actors using the pronunciation of his time. Under the guidance of Ben Crystal, actor, author of Shakespeare on Toast, and an expert in original Shakespearean pronunciation, the company performs someHow did Shakespeare sound to the audiences of his day? For the first time, this disc offers listeners the chance to hear England's greatest playwright performed by a company of actors using the pronunciation of his time. Under the guidance of Ben Crystal, actor, author of Shakespeare on Toast, and an expert in original Shakespearean pronunciation, the company performs some of Shakespeare's best-known poems, solo speeches, and scenes from the plays. Hear new meanings uncovered, new jokes revealed, poetic effects enhanced. The CD is accompanied by an introductory essay by Professor David Crystal. An essential purchase for every student and lover of Shakespeare....

Title : Shakespeare's Original Pronunciation
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ISBN : 9780712351195
Format Type : Audio CD
Number of Pages : 1 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Shakespeare's Original Pronunciation Reviews

  • Whitney
    2018-10-04 19:29

    Really interesting. This audiobook is an experiment in historical linguistics - a collection of sonnets, soliloquies, and scenes spoken with the dialect and pronunciation that probably would have been the norm during Shakespeare's time. Modern English makes Shakespeare sound very posh (i.e., the "Queen's English"), but actors of the time would've sounded much more relatable, with an accent reminiscent of Welsh, Irish, and Scottish. These original pronunciations make certain rhymes and puns much more apparent.

  • Melissa
    2018-09-27 18:23

    Being able to hear some of the most famous speeches in the original accent is awesome and eye-opening. I'll probably return to this audiobook the next time I read a play from the period. I'd love for them to have full-length plays available too for watching or listening.

  • Jane Z.
    2018-10-06 20:28

    I absolutely adore this recording. It's sent me on my current Shakespeare bender, from which I hope never to recover.