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About 'Shakespeare, Retold'


Shakespeare, Retold is a contemporary, iambic pentameter, line-by-line retelling of all of Shakespeare’s works.

Most readers—including this author, James Anthony—struggle with beguiling complexity of Shakespeare’s 400-year-old language. It has a tendancy to flip from crystal clear…to ambiguous…to utterly befuddling.

But all readers ultimately just want to know the precise meanings, quickly and efficiently. They seek help understanding what is being said…but too often get bogged down in the scholastic complexity of ‘Study Guides,’ or put off by the inelegant summations of ‘Crib notes.’

Shakespeare, Retold aims to overcome these concerns, helping a new audience quickly understand the stories and characterizations, while accessing the inner beauty of Shakespeare’s original language.

Three plays have been completed by James Anthony: