A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, 1599

A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, 1599

Book - 2005
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What accounts for Shakespeare's transformation from talented poet and playwright to one of the greatest writers who ever lived? In this gripping account, James Shapiro sets out to answer this question, "succeed[ing] where others have fallen short." (Boston Globe)

1599 was an epochal year for Shakespeare and England. During that year, 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.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2005
Edition: 1st U.S. ed. --
ISBN: 9780060088736
Branch Call Number: 822.33 B-S 8949circ 1
Characteristics: xix, 394 p. :,ill. (some col.), col. maps


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Sep 16, 2018

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

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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