Queen Elizabeth is at odds with two women, one is a presumed witch, and the other is in love with her suitor, Sir Walter Raleigh. When she discovers their relationship, she makes a drastic emotional decision. The court of Queen Elizabeth is full of aristocrats, guards and Ladies in Waiting. Among this group is Bessie Throckmorton, who is in love with the gentleman, Sir Walter Raleigh. This is hidden from the Queen as she is also smitten by Sir Walter. When he sends a love letter to Bessie, it is intercepted by the Earl of Essex, who delivers it to the Queen. Meanwhile, a woman named Jill is condemned as a witch and forced into captivity alongside the unsuspecting Bessie. Merrie England is a two-part comic opera from Edward German and Basil Hood. Together, they deliver a story about the dangers of jealousy and unrequited love. It’s a vibrant tale enriched with historical figures and fictional details. With an eye-catching new cover, and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Merrie England is both modern and readable.
Jack Benny liked to portray himself as a skinflint but his generosity as a comic allowed other characters to get their fair share of laughs...usually at his expense. Benny got more laughs playing the straight man and didn’t care if he was the butt of the jokes. With his brilliant timing, smooth delivery, and trademark mannerisms, Benny was a huge influence on the development of the radio sitcom. References to Benny’s reputed stinginess, vanity, and infirmities were expected and weekly running gags established the program’s memorable characters. Benny’s real wife, Mary, was his sarcastic female friend; Phil Harris, the brash bandleader, Dennis Day the eager juvenile, Rochester the lovable butler and Don Wilson, the overweight announcer. Jack got his big break as a guest on The Ed Sullivan Radio Show in 1932 and was soon signed to his own show. Highlights included the long-running feud with fellow comedian Fred Allen, gags featuring a pet polar bear, and material about Jack’s run-down Maxwell jalopy. He insisted he was never older than 39, was a skinflint, and had difficulty playing “Love in Bloom” on his violin. A regular performer for more than two decades on radio, Jack made a seamless transition to television.
5/29/49 “Guest: Margaret Whiting”9/25/49 “Guests: Edgar Bergan, Red Skelton and Amos N’ Andy”3/12/50 “Jack wins the Sagebrush Soap Contest”3/19/50 ”Cast Does a Sketch on ‘The Champion’”5/14/50 “Guests: Frankie Fontaine and Vivian Blaine”5/27/51 “Jack Goes to the Doctor and Cast Unhappy with Contracts”4/26/53 “Guest: Fred Allen and Memories about Vaudeville”11/15/53 “The Cast is Rehearsing for Jack’s TV show”1/24/54 “The Cast Presents ‘The Shooting of Dan McGrew’”6/6/54 “The Last Show of the Season and Jack is off to Dallas”3/6/55 “Guest: Danny Kaye and Warner Brothers plans ‘The Jack Benny Story’”4/24/55 “Jack Rents His Maxwell to 20th Century Fox to Use in a Movie”
“April is the cruellest month, breedingLilacs out of the dead land, mixingMemory and desire, stirringDull roots with spring rain.”The Waste Land is a seminal work of modernist poetry by T.S. Eliot. Written in 1922, this five-part poem is a portrait of its time, a work that expresses the disillusionment of the modernist era and the desperation that the generation of writers of that time was feeling.This poem comes from the area just after the first world war, an era in which the world was in disarray. Many young men had lost their lives or livelihoods from the war, families were torn apart, and the survivors were aimless and disoriented at how to move on. This was the era of literary greats like Ezra Pound, F. Scott. Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and, of course, T. S. Eliot. The artists of this time turned to poetry and literature as a way of expressing the widespread spirt of wandering their generation had come to embody.The Waste Land’s alternating narrators, character vignettes, references to eastern religions, and imagery of chaos and disillusionment all come together to create an impactful and insightful work of art. This poem exemplifies a generation of artists, and is a masterful work from a great artist at his peak.
Shakespeare is regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's best dramatist. His plays have been translated into every major language, and are the most performed ever. His work contains stunningly modern insight, witty jokes and soaring passion; it is an endless source of amazement and inspiration. Romeo and Juliet is perhaps his most famous and beloved; this heartbreaking tale of impossible love has marked every generation since its publication, and it is an essential part of Western culture. This lively adaptation is a convenient summary meant to bring to you Shakespeare's magic in an actual, clear and precise way; recorded by the greatest storytellers, it will bring to you the fundamentals of English culture in a most enjoyable format.
This is a tale of a cat called Hyam a very special cat. In fact he is a theatrical cat, a fastidious cat, a funny cat, but most of all an adored cat.Most famous for talking himself out of a part at an audition for a West End production for he is an actor. Here he tells his own story in a series of delightfully readable poems a pleasure for all age groups. Follow his adventures as he takes us on his travels through the ups and downs of theatre life and his many escapades as a sophisticated actor, a country puss and a muchloved family pet. Irresistibly combining both a sense of humour and an abounding love of its Feline Subject, with the Author's delightful illustrations throughout ' Hyam The Cat who Talked To Much' will capture your imagination and steal your heart.The perfect gift book for all the family ages 9 – 90. Comes with a special offer to buy the Hyam the Cat gift.
"The Comedy of Errors" is one of William Shakespeare's shortest and one of his most farcical comedies, with a major part of the humour coming from slapstick and mistaken identity, in addition to puns and word play.This edition of "The Comedy of Errors" is an adaptation of Shakespeare's eponymous drama, narrated in plain modern English, capturing the very essence and key elements of the original Shakespeare's work.
Reflecting on the career of a prominent poet, this biography focuses on Canadian wordsmith Barrie Nichol — more commonly known by his pen name, bpNichol — who was a practicing lay psychoanalyst and vice president of one the largest and long-lasting North American communes for more than a decade. Recognizing his international influence as both a visual and sound poet, Nichol's literary achievements are reviewed, including The Martyrology, a renowned, seven-volume poem, four novels, two musical comedies, six children's books, hundreds of hand-drawn visual poems, and even 10 episodes of Jim Henson's hit television series Fraggle Rock. Penned by one of Nichol's numerous literary collaborators, this account reveals the close connections among the writer's various activities, particularly how the autobiographical inquiries and Freudian dream theory linked with the young poet's biographical self-awareness. The book demonstrates how the Subject's main psychoanalytic client was his own writing, following Nichol as he explored its slips, accidental puns, and unintended meanings and implications for the communal future of the human species, both in high literature and comical prime time television.
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