London : Bloomsbury, 2013.
Shakespeare, William 1564-1616 Influence.
Poel, William 1852-1934 Criticism and interpretation.
Granville-Barker, Harley 1877-1946 Criticism and interpretation.
Guthrie, Woody 1912-1967 Criticism and interpretation.
Wanamaker, Sam 1919-1993 Criticism and interpretation.
Great Shakespeareans offers a systematic account of those figures who have had the greatest influence on the interpretation, understanding and cultural reception of Shakespeare, both nationally and internationally. In this volume, leading scholars assess the contribution of William Poel, H. Granville Barker, Tyrone Guthrie and Sam Wanamaker to the afterlife and reception of Shakespeare and his plays. Each substantial contribution assesses the double impact of Shakespeare on the figure covered and of the figure on the understanding, interpretation and appreciation of Shakespeare, provide a sketch of their subject's intellectual and professional biography and an account of the wider cultural context, including comparison with other figures or works within the same field.