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Me and Shakespeare by Herman Gollob
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Sep 09, 2003 | ISBN 9780385498180

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“[A] lively hybrid of memoir, Bildungsroman and literary criticism [with] the conversational ease, raconteur’s charm and digressive storytelling of a one-man show.” –The New York Times Book Review

“A delightful read . . . what makes his volume most engaging is the skill with which he describes the people and places he gets to know in his quest to find out as much as he can about what keeps Shakespeare vibrant in a world so different from the one in which the playwright’s art came to fruition.” — The Washington Post

“No one has ever brought the world of the planet Shakespeare so vividly alive as Gollob has in his book, no one. . . . Gollob’s search for Shakespeare led him to a search for himself and his roots that I found very moving. He could do that I think because Shakespeare deepened and shaped him and opened him into a new and joyous life. I salute him for sharing that life and writing this splendid book.” –Pat Conroy

“Memorably capture[s] the sense of discovery and wonder that great writing engenders . . . . The brimming enthusiasm is . . . infectious. —The San Francisco Chronicle

“A true pleasure: bookish without being academic, smart without being smart-alecky, always with an eye on the original work and not on its interpreter’s cleverness. . . . Good fun–and an inspiration for readers to return to Shakespeare on their own.” –Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Thoroughly engaging. . . . [Gollob’s] enthusiasm for his subject is contagious . . . and his boyish zeal comes across as a call to arms to all readers who’ve ever contemplated changing their lives.” –Publishers Weekly

“Anecdote-laden, rich with gossip, and brimming with all things Shakespearean.” –BookPage

“How refreshing to have a study of Shakespeare that avoids the flatulent portentousness of the ‘higher’ criticism and that sets off immediately in an authentic human voice. . . . Among his many felicities, we should all applaud Gollob’s saving Shakespeare for the Jews, or rather for the Judeo-Christian tradition, in which Shakespeare . . . is as securely planted as an everlasting oak.” –Thomas Cahill, author of How the Irish Saved Civilization

“Gollob comes to Shakespeare with the zeal of a convert and the knowledge of a neophyte. . . . satisfying and delightfully idiosyncratic.” –Buffalo News

“A triumph of communication. . . . Bubbling with life and vitality, bristling with wit and wisdom, [Gollob’s] reader-friendly memoir is an impassioned celebration.”–The Tennesseean (Nashville)

“A unique and sympathetic record of an extraordinary kinship.” —Houston Chronicle

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