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Orson Welles, Shakespeare, and Popular Culture
Author: Michael Anderegg

ISBN: 9780231112291
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 17 December 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.5
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From the earliest days of radio to the golden age of television and beyond, Orson Welles has occupied a unique place in American culture. In "Orson Welles, Shakespeare, and Popular Culture, " Michael Anderegg considers Welles's influence as an interpreter of Shakespeare for twentieth-century American popular audiences. Exploring his works on stage, radio, and in film, Anderegg reveals Welles's unique position as an artist of both high and popular culture. At once intellectually respected and commercially viable, the Shakespeare Welles gave the American public reflects his unique genius as a writer, director, and actor.

From early plays in school to the "Everybody's Shakespeare" books and the Mercury Text Records adaptations, Anderegg illustrates how Welles tried to transcend the barriers between the classical and the popular. He argues that "Welles the Shakespearean" sought to be a restorer as well as an innovator by drawing on his knowledge of the abundant, lowbrow popularity of Shakespeare in nineteenth-century America. Welles's three film adaptations of Shakespeare, "Macbeth, Othello,

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