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Shakespeare Author Peter Ackroyd
ISBN-10 0307490823
Release 2010-04-21
Pages 592
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A TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR Drawing on an exceptional combination of skills as literary biographer, novelist, and chronicler of London history, Peter Ackroyd surely re-creates the world that shaped Shakespeare--and brings the playwright himself into unusually vivid focus. With characteristic narrative panache, Ackroyd immerses us in sixteenth-century Stratford and the rural landscape–the industry, the animals, even the flowers–that would appear in Shakespeare’s plays. He takes us through Shakespeare’s London neighborhood and the fertile, competitive theater world where he worked as actor and writer. He shows us Shakespeare as a businessman, and as a constant reviser of his writing. In joining these intimate details with profound intuitions about the playwright and his work, Ackroyd has produced an altogether engaging masterpiece.

Hidden Shakespeare

Hidden Shakespeare Author Nicholas Fogg
ISBN-10 9781445610306
Release 2012-05-15
Pages 320
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Discover the true story behind the greatest writer who ever lived.

Shakespeare and Biography

Shakespeare and Biography Author David Bevington
ISBN-10 9780191615146
Release 2010-06-10
Pages 188
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OXFORD SHAKESPEARE TOPICS General Editors: Peter Holland and Stanley Wells Oxford Shakespeare Topics provide students and teachers with short books on important aspects of Shakespeare criticism and scholarship. Each book is written by an authority in its field, and combines accessible style with original discussion of its subject. Shakespeare and Biography is not a new biography of Shakespeare. Instead, it is a study of what biographers have said about Shakespeare, from the first formal biography in the early 18th century by Nicholas Rowe to Stephen Greenblatt, James Shapiro, Jonathan Bate, Germaine Greer, Katherine Duncan-Jones, Park Honan, René Weis, and others who have written recent biographical accounts of England's greatest writer. The emphasis is on what sort of issues these biographers have found especially interesting in relation to sex and gender, politics, religion, pessimism, misanthropy, jealousy, aging, family relationships, the end of a career, the end of life. How has Shakespeare's contemplation of these issues changed and grown, and in what ways do those changes reflect new cultural developments in our world as it continues to reinterpret Shakespeare?

Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

Will in the World  How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare Author Stephen Greenblatt
ISBN-10 0393079848
Release 2010-05-03
Pages 384
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"Greenblatt knows more about [Shakespeare] than Ben Jonson or the Dark Lady did."—John Leonard, ?Harper's A young man from a small provincial town moves to London in the late 1580s and, in a remarkably short time, becomes the greatest playwright not of his age alone but of all time. How is an achievement of this magnitude to be explained? How did Shakespeare become Shakespeare? Stephen Greenblatt brings us down to earth to see, hear, and feel how an acutely sensitive and talented boy, surrounded by the rich tapestry of Elizabethan life, could have become the world's greatest playwright. A Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Finalist.

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare Author Alfred Lestie Rowe
ISBN-10 1349003174
Release 1963-01-01
Pages 485
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William Shakespeare has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from William Shakespeare also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full William Shakespeare book for free.

Soul of the Age

Soul of the Age Author Jonathan Bate
ISBN-10 1588367819
Release 2009-04-07
Pages 496
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“One man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages.” In this illuminating, innovative biography, Jonathan Bate, one of today’s most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, has found a fascinating new way to tell the story of the great dramatist. Using the Bard’s own immortal list of a man’s seven ages in As You Like It, Bate deduces the crucial events of Shakespeare’s life and connects them to his world and work as never before. Here is the author as an infant, born into a world of plague and syphillis, diseases with which he became closely familiar; as a schoolboy, a position he portrayed in The Merry Wives of Windsor, in which a clever, cheeky lad named William learns Latin grammar; as a lover, married at eighteen to an older woman already pregnant, perhaps presaging Bassanio, who in The Merchant of Venice won a wife who could save him from financial ruin. Here, too, is Shakespeare as a soldier, writing Henry the Fifth’s St. Crispin’s Day speech, with a nod to his own monarch Elizabeth I’s passionate addresses; as a justice, revealing his possible legal training in his precise use of the law in plays from Hamlet to Macbeth; and as a pantaloon, an early retiree because of, Bate postulates, either illness or a scandal. Finally, Shakespeare enters oblivion, with sonnets that suggest he actively sought immortality through his art and secretly helped shape his posthumous image more than anyone ever knew. Equal parts masterly detective story, brilliant literary analysis, and insightful world history, Soul of the Age is more than a superb new recounting of Shakespeare’s experiences; it is a bold and entertaining work of scholarship and speculation, one that shifts from past to present, reality to the imagination, to reveal how this unsurpassed artist came to be. From the Hardcover edition.

Shakespeare s Unorthodox Biography

Shakespeare s Unorthodox Biography Author Diana Price
ISBN-10 0313312028
Release 2001
Pages 357
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Revisits the Shakespeare authorship controversy with an arsenal of new information and powerful arguments.

Selling Shakespeare

Selling Shakespeare Author Adam G. Hooks
ISBN-10 9781316495568
Release 2016-02-15
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Selling Shakespeare tells a story of Shakespeare's life and career in print, a story centered on the people who created, bought, and sold books in the early modern period. The interests and investments of publishers and booksellers have defined our ideas of what is 'Shakespearean', and attending to their interests demonstrates how one version of Shakespearean authorship surpassed the rest. In this book, Adam G. Hooks identifies and examines four pivotal episodes in Shakespeare's life in print: the debut of his narrative poems, the appearance of a series of best-selling plays, the publication of collected editions of his works, and the cataloguing of those works. Hooks also offers a new kind of biographical investigation and historicist criticism, one based not on external life documents, nor on the texts of Shakespeare's works, but on the books that were printed, published, sold, circulated, collected, and catalogued under his name.

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare Author Frederick Julius Pohl
ISBN-10 UCSC:32106007160937
Release 1983
Pages 256
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William Shakespeare has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from William Shakespeare also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full William Shakespeare book for free.

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare Author Charles Knight
ISBN-10 9781409790693
Release 2008-07-01
Pages 568
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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Truth About William Shakespeare

Truth About William Shakespeare Author David Ellis
ISBN-10 9780748653881
Release 2013-09-13
Pages 208
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A polemical attack on the ways recent Shakespeare biographers have disguised their lack of information

The Shakespeare Circle

The Shakespeare Circle Author Paul Edmondson
ISBN-10 9781107054325
Release 2015-10-22
Pages 368
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This collection tells the life stories of the people whom we know Shakespeare encountered, shedding new light on Shakespeare's life and times.

Who was William Shakespeare

Who was William Shakespeare Author Celeste Davidson Mannis
ISBN-10 0448439042
Release 2006
Pages 105
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Describes Shakespeare's life and work, from his relocation from Stratford to London as a young man to his pursuit of a career in the theater.

Shakespeare by Another Name

Shakespeare by Another Name Author Mark Anderson
ISBN-10 9781611871784
Release 2011-11-04
Pages 667
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The debate over the true author of the Shakespeare canon has raged for centuries. Astonishingly little evidence supports the traditional belief that Will Shakespeare, the actor and businessman from Stratford-upon-Avon, was the author. Legendary figures such as Mark Twain, Walt Whitman and Sigmund Freud have all expressed grave doubts that an uneducated man who apparently owned no books and never left England wrote plays and poems that consistently reflect a learned and well-traveled insider's perspective on royal courts and the ancient feudal nobility. Recent scholarship has turned to Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford-an Elizabethan court playwright known to have written in secret and who had ample means, motive and opportunity to in fact have assumed the "Shakespeare" disguise. "Shakespeare" by Another Name is the literary biography of Edward de Vere as "Shakespeare." This groundbreaking book tells the story of de Vere's action-packed life-as Renaissance man, spendthrift, courtier, wit, student, scoundrel, patron, military adventurer, and, above all, prolific ghostwriter-finding in it the background material for all of The Bard's works. Biographer Mark Anderson incorporates a wealth of new evidence, including de Vere's personal copy of the Bible (in which de Vere underlines scores of passages that are also prominent Shakespearean biblical references).

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare Author Andrew Lambirth
ISBN-10 1860199763
Release 1999
Pages 120
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This book includes a biography of William Shakespeare and a collection of his sonnets, most of them written during the 1590s.

A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare Author James Shapiro
ISBN-10 9780061840906
Release 2009-10-13
Pages 432
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1599 was an epochal year for Shakespeare and England Shakespeare wrote four of his most famous plays: Henry the Fifth, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and, most remarkably, Hamlet; Elizabethans sent off an army to crush an Irish rebellion, weathered an Armada threat from Spain, gambled on a fledgling East India Company, and waited to see who would succeed their aging and childless queen. James Shapiro illuminates both Shakespeare’s staggering achievement and what Elizabethans experienced in the course of 1599, bringing together the news and the intrigue of the times with a wonderful evocation of how Shakespeare worked as an actor, businessman, and playwright. The result is an exceptionally immediate and gripping account of an inspiring moment in history.

The Life of William Shakespeare

The Life of William Shakespeare Author Lois Potter
ISBN-10 9780631207849
Release 2012-05-07
Pages 497
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Who was William Shakespeare, really? This biography is an exploration of Shakespeare's life and works, focusing on often neglected literary and historical contexts such as what he read, who he worked with as an author and an actor, and how these various collaborations may have affected his writing. Drawing in particular on the idea of literary personality and on new discoveries about collaboration, the author looks at Shakespeare's role models, both real and fictional. The focus throughout is on Shakespeare's words and on what he learned about writing for his audiences, which the author suggests were more varied than has been thought. Written by a Shakespearean scholar and experienced theatre reviewer, it pays particular attention to Shakespeare's theatrical contemporaries and the ways in which they influenced his writing, offering an account of the life and work of the great poet-dramatist, structured around the idea of memory.