Can YOU beat the bard?

A sparkling tome of questions, answers, and Shakespearean wisdom, by Joyce E. Henry, Ph.D., Beat the Bard is guaranteed to stimulate, entertain, and educate your mind as you match wits with the world's greatest dramatist.  Beat the Bard e-book: pages: 230; price: $6.99. Order from Payloadz:

Shakespeare photograph © 2010 by Marit Shuman 

If you've ever marveled at the eloquence of a Shakespearean monologue, the dramatic breadth of a Shakespearean tale, or the vibrant complexity of a Shakespearean character, you will relish the challenges herein.

Do you know:

Which character said, "All the world's a stage; and all the men and women merely players"?

The name of Shakespeare's wife?

Who played the original Richard III?

The name of the castle in Hamlet?

Not for the lame of brain, Beat the Bard beckons you to enter the realm of genius for the ultimate Shakespearience!


Joyce E. Henry, Ph.D., is professor emerita of communication studies and theater at Ursinus College, where she taught Shakespeare at the college level and directed more than fifty plays, including twelve by the bard.  An actress, Henry played a variety of Shakespearean roles, including Desdemona, Phoebe, Regan, and even Prospero.  A graduate of the University of Michigan, the Neighborhood Playhouse, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Henry moderated and wrote a book discussion show for television called Critique. Currently, she teaches Shakespeare on film at two institutions, and she performs a program devoted to Shakespeare's women for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.  Among the books she has edited are The Wisdom of Shakespeare; One on One: The Best Women's Monologues for the 21st Century; One on One: The Best Men's Monologues for the 21st Century; and Duo!: The Best Scenes for Two for the 21st Century. She lives in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. 

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