A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599

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Harper Collins, 13 ott 2009 - 432 pagine
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.

 

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Recensione dell'utente  - AlisonLea - LibraryThing

Highly recommended--sheds new light on the year 1599 and the consequences of social history, especially politics, in Shakespeare's works. Helpful in the classroom as well. Leggi recensione completa

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Recensione dell'utente  - AlanWPowers - LibraryThing

I read James Shapiro's 1599 three hundred and six years after its subject, the year it came out. It is the best written book on Shakespeare I have read in decades, and since Shakespeare is only known ... Leggi recensione completa

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Preface
Prologue
WINTER
A Battle of Wills
A Great Blow in Ireland
Burial at Westminster
A Sermon at Richmond
Band of Brothers
The Passionate Pilgrim
Simple Truth Suppressed
The Forest of Arden
Things Dying Things Newborn
Essays and Soliloquies
Second Thoughts
Epilogue
Bibliographical Essay

The Globe Rises
Book Burning
Is This a Holiday?
SUMMER
The Invisible Armada
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Copyright
Copyright

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Informazioni sull'autore (2009)

James Shapiro, aprofessor at Columbia University in New York, is the author of Rival Playwrights, Shakespeare and the Jews, and Oberammergau.

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