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Shakespeare and Sleep
by Thomas E. Vail
Shakespeare and Sleep looks at the subject of sleep as it relates to the sonnets and, more specifically, the plays of Shakespeare. In part, it reveals how Shakespeare uses sleeping characters to help move plot situations forward and how he uses sleep disorders, such as dreams, insomnia, and sleepwalking, to help delineate a variety of characters. It also addresses the subject of premonitory dreams and seeks to discover, in spite of Shakespeare’s treatment of sleep as generally troubled, elusive, or akin to death, if there are any Shakespearean characters who actually have a pleasant dream or a good night’s sleep.
About the Author
This multi-talented author is originally from Portland, Oregon. While attending high school, he studied oil painting with the Oregon artist Albert Patecky (1906-1994) and acting at the Portland Civic Theatre School of Drama. After graduation, he attended Portland State College and, later, the Pittsburgh Playhouse and the Art Students League.
Over the years, while exhibiting occasionally as an artist, he worked as a professional actor, a lighting consultant to architects and interior designers, and a staff member at Pace University. Currently a member of the Shakespeare Society, he retired in 2002 and devotes his time to writing, painting, and theatergoing.
(2011, paperback, 36 pages)