WILLNG TO CHOOSE should be of interest to a general audience, since it takes a broad overview of the plays I discuss, mainly Hamlet, Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, and the Tempest. The book addresses the reader directly and from several points of view, and does not allow narrow or pedantic issues to distract or get between the reader and the text. For the lover of Shakespeare these readings should be able to hold his/her immediate attention both intellectually and emotionally.
The plays are examined from different perspectives as called for by the play itself, sometimes Darwinian, sometimes Freudian, but always in terms of the play’s own organization and imagery. These readings are always in awe of Shakespeare’s genius and his humanity. The distinguished drama critic, Robert Brustein, has called this book “brilliant and original.”
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In this book Pack confronts such broad themes as perception, mourning, inheritance, and the imagination, bringing to bear historical, psychological, Darwinian, and close textual examination of Frost’s images and forms. Pack sets Frost’s work in the tradition of nature writing, from the Book of Genesis, through modern American ecological writings, and along the way the reader encounters Frost in his comic mode of teacher and preacher and is guided to consider how Frost entertains his beliefs and affirmations in the face of his existential doubts. Paul Mariani described this book as “dazzllng, learned, witty, trenchant, sardonic. Pack may well be Frost’s ideal reader.”