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 : PerfectBound, 2005.
ISBN: 9780060897673
0060897678
9780060897697
0060897694
Contents: Winter
A battle of wills
A great blow in Ireland
Burial at Westminster
A sermon at Richmond
Band of brothers
Spring
The globe rises
Book burning
Is this a holiday?
Summer
The invisible Armada
The passionate pilgrim
Simple truth suppressed
The forest of Arden
Autumn
Things dying, things newborn
Essays and soliloquies
Second thoughts.
Summary: 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.

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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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