Practitioners of other kinds of literary criticism even those that include booths type of close reading forget this at their peril and finally there is booths oft repeated claim that he has been singularly unsuccessful in getting people to pay attention to what he has been saying eg 62 65 68 92 107. Close reading without readings essays on shakespeare and others stephen booth madison nj fairleigh dickinson university press 2016 those that include booths type of close reading forget this at their peril close reading without readings essays on shakespeare and others. Close reading without readings is a collection of essays by the renowned shakespeare scholar stephen booth in which the author directs readers to the experience of reading bringing to bear the full power of his scholarship critical acumen and imagination to the study of how literature works. Dealing mainly with the works of william shakespeare the essays in close readings without readings reflect stephen booths lifelong interest in uncovering the ways great literature works upon readers. Stephen booth born april 20 1933 is a professor emeritus of english literature at the university of california berkeleyhe was a marshall scholar and studied at the university of cambridge and harvard university citation needed he first attracted attention with his controversial 1969 essays on the value of hamlet and an essay on shakespeares sonnets in which he reread the works in a
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