David Young Announces Release of ‘The King’s a Beggar’

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Book explores liminal, in-between space of epilogue in Shakespeare’s plays.

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Over many years, David Young has studied, taught, written about and even acted William Shakespeare. His long-standing interest in Shakespeare’s artistry prompted Young to write “The King’s a Beggar: A Study of Shakespeare’s Epilogues” (published by Archway Publishing).

In the book, Young explores the liminal, in-between space of the epilogue in Shakespeare’s plays. Inspired in part by his performance with Patrick Stewart in a production of “The Tempest,” Young offers a chronological survey of the nine plays with epilogues and draws a conjectural portrait of Shakespeare as a working dramatist. Written both for experts and for the general reader, the book is succinct, lively and informative. Young considers the book as the first and only study of Shakespeare’s epilogues as a group.

“Though the point is not that Shakespeare himself spoke these epilogues (though in some cases he might have), the epilogue in Shakespeare’s plays represents those times when he felt the necessity of direct address to the audience and broke his usual habit of ending his plays ‘inside the story,’” Young says. “Exploring this liminal space between play, actor and audience can reveal fascinating insights into Shakespeare’s mind and art.”

”A lifetime of teaching and writing about Shakespeare lies behind this study (the acting was quite incidental, but not without its usefulness), and as both a Shakespeare scholar and a working poet, I hope to bring my imagination and experience to bear in a way that will reward attention.”

“The King’s a Beggar: A Study of Shakespeare’s Epilogues”
By David Young
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 128 pages | ISBN 9781480849051
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 128 pages | ISBN 9781480849044
E-Book | 128 pages | ISBN 9781480849068
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
David Young is a noted poet, scholar and translator. He is the author of “Something of Great Constancy: A Study of A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Heart’s Forest: Shakespeare’s Pastoral Plays,” “The Action to the Word: Structure and Style in Shakespearean Tragedy” and “Imagining Shakespeare’s Pericles.” His books of poetry include “Black Lab and Field of Light and Shadow” and his translations include “Rilke’s Duino Elegies” and “Du Fu: A Life in Poetry.”

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