Will in the World

Will in the World

How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

Book - 2004
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Stephen Greenblatt, the charismatic Harvard professor who "knows more about Shakespeare than Ben Jonson or the Dark Lady did" (John Leonard, Harper's), has written a biography that enables us to see, hear, and feel how an acutely sensitive and talented boy, surrounded by the rich tapestry of Elizabethan life; full of drama and pageantry, and also cruelty and danger; could have become the world's greatest playwright. A young man from the provinces--a man without wealth, connections, or university education--moves to London. In a remarkably short time he becomes the greatest playwright not just of his age but of all time. His works appeal to urban sophisticates and first-time theatergoers; he turns politics into poetry; he recklessly mingles vulgar clowning and philosophical subtlety. How is such an achievement to be explained?Will in the World interweaves a searching account of Elizabethan England with a vivid narrative of the playwright's life. We see Shakespeare learning his craft, starting a family, and forging a career for himself in the wildly competitive London theater world, while at the same time grappling with dangerous religious and political forces that took less-agile figures to the scaffold. Above all, we never lose sight of the great works--A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, and more--that continue after four hundred years to delight and haunt audiences everywhere. The basic biographical facts of Shakespeare's life have been known for over a century, but now Stephen Greenblatt shows how this particular life history gave rise to the world's greatest writer. Bringing together little-known historical facts and little-noticed elements of Shakespeare's plays, Greenblatt makes inspired connections between the life and the works and deliver "a dazzling and subtle biography" (Richard Lacayo, Time). Readers will experience Shakespeare's vital plays again as if for the first time, but with greater understanding and appreciation of their extraordinary depth and humanity.A Best Book of the Year: The New York Times 10 Best Books of 2004; Time magazine's #1 Best Nonfiction Book; A Washington Post Book World Rave ; An Economist Best Book ; A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book; A Christian Science Monitor Best Book; A Chicago Tribune Best Book; A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Best Book ; NPR's Maureen Corrigan's Best.
Publisher: New York : Norton, c2004.
ISBN: 9780393050578
0393050572
Characteristics: 430 pages, [16] pages of plates :,illustrations (some color) ;,25 cm.

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xiaojunbpl12
Oct 19, 2016

I marvel at Shakespeare (his life -even though mostly in speculation, his works -"He was not of an age, but for all time.") and this book (equally a genius work).
In addition to appreciate the familiars (such as Hamlet) with new insights, I am keen on Shakespeare's sonnets (Master-Mistress is my favorite chapter).

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TheresaAJ
May 25, 2016

Greenblatt explores Shakespeare's life through the culture wars of the Elizabethan era and his plays. The author shows how Shakespeare's plays chronicle his own life cycle -- the romances when he was a young man up through the great tragedies that explore illness and death in his later years. A thoroughly human portrait of a man who left his wife his "second best bed" and the bulk of his estate to his daughter.

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milesian
Jan 28, 2015

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i attempted to renew this book online on the date it was due before 12 midnight. it is very unclear to me from the website at virl how to do that. please renew this book for me Will in the world. I should not be charged an overdue fine which is showing on my accont. please confirm renewal and no fine please. thanks. Joan Mortin

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Cabby
Dec 06, 2007

Finalist of the 2005 Pulitzer prize for biography.

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