A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, 1599

A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, 1599

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An intimate history of Shakespeare, following him through a single year--1599--that changed not only his fortunes but the course of literature. How was Shakespeare transformed from being a talented poet and playwright to become one of the greatest writers who ever lived? In this one exhilarating year we follow what he reads and writes, what he sees, and whom he works with as he invests in the new Globe Theatre and creates four of his most famous plays--Henry the Fifth, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and, most remarkably, Hamlet. Shapiro illuminates both Shakespeare's staggering achievement and what Elizabethans experienced in the course of 1599: sending off an army to crush an Irish rebellion, weathering an Armada threat from Spain, gambling on the fledgling East India Company, and waiting to see who would succeed their aging and childless queen.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2005
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Branch Call Number: 822.33 Bsh
Characteristics: xix, 394 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 24 cm

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0Charlie Apr 06, 2019

This was a fascinating read. Although there are few documents to state that Shakespeare did this or knew this or went here, the author provides much material (that is documented) of what was happening at that time in London and the world at large. From letters, official government documents, transcripts of speeches, ledgers etc. , we are presented with what was known, how things were done, what was being felt, who had influence, who would have had access to what. The results of all this information provides us with a picture of how Shakespeare used what was around him, and shaped his works to please, and inform, and challenge the audiences of his day. Highly recommended.

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pmvdunn
Sep 16, 2018

Have as an audiobook. Only listened to part of it.so far.

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richibi
Apr 24, 2017

reads like a thriller, but for eggheads

Mardian Feb 22, 2016

It is just like going to a really informative class in Shakespeare, social and political history, and all-those-questions-you-never-got-answered about how the playwright got from MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR all the way to HAMLET. Whew!

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