The Biography

Author: Peter Ackroyd

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780307490827

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 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.
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A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare

Author: Jonathan Bate

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781588367815

Category: Drama

Page: 496

View: 6552

“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.
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How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

Author: Stephen Greenblatt,Stephen Jay Greenblatt

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393050578

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 430

View: 5630

A portrait of Elizabethan England and how it contributed to the making of William Shakespeare discusses how he moved to London lacking money, connections, and a formal education; started a family; attempted to forge his career in the competitive theater world; grappled with dangerous religious and political forces; and rose to became his age's foremost playwright. 100,000 first printing.
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The Biography of Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, the Man Who Was Shakespeare

Author: Mark Anderson

Publisher: Untreed Reads

ISBN: 1611871786

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 667

View: 5163

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).
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An Alternative Biography

Author: Paul Edmondson,Stanley Wells

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110705432X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 368

View: 2295

This collection tells the life stories of the people whom we know Shakespeare encountered, shedding new light on Shakespeare's life and times.
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Author: Jason Todd

Publisher: Jason


Category: Dramatists, English

Page: 330

View: 8156

A powerful, must have bio of William Shakespeare. A timeless classic
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Author: David Ellis

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748653880

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

View: 9528

A polemical attack on the ways recent Shakespeare biographers have disguised their lack of information
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Biography, Bibliography, and the Book Trade

Author: Adam G. Hooks

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316495566

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

View: 8541

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.
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New Evidence of an Authorship Problem

Author: Diana Price

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780313312021

Category: Dramatists, English

Page: 357

View: 5017

Revisits the Shakespeare authorship controversy with an arsenal of new information and powerful arguments.
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A Story about William Shakespeare

Author: Ruth Turk

Publisher: Millbrook Press

ISBN: 0822537869

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

View: 7209

The year was 1569 And The place was Stratford-on-Avon. A little boy watched a company of traveling actors perform on a makeshift stage. No one could have known that the child, whose name was William Shakespeare, would one day become the most famous playwright in history. This is the story of the man who wrote Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and many other plays that have been performed and enjoyed again and again for more than four hundred years.
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Author: James Shapiro

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061840904

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

View: 2487

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.
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Author: Celeste Davidson Mannis

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780448439044

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 105

View: 9004

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.
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Author: Graham Holderness

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 144116846X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 8597

Acclaimed as the greatest dramatist of all time, William Shakespeare needs little introduction. Or does he? Going beyond Shakespeare the writer and actor, Graham Holderness explores the fact and fiction, tradition and myth, surrounding Shakespeare's life. Combining biography and fictional narrative, Holderness takes a fresh critical approach to the problem of piecing together a definitive account of Shakespeare's life and work from scant historical information. Instead, this study builds upon and examines the many theories that surround the life of this well-known, yet remarkably unknown man. Nine Shakespeares are presented: writer, player, butcher boy, businessman, husband, friend, lover, Catholic and portrait. By carefully critiquing these biographies and reimagining these nine men, Nine Lives of William Shakespeare creates a unique picture of how this playwright became Shakespeare as he is understood today. Shakespeare Now! is a series of short books that engage imaginatively and often provocatively with the possibilities of Shakespeare's plays. It goes back to the source – the most living language imaginable – and recaptures the excitement, audacity and surprise of Shakespeare. It will return you to the plays with opened eyes.
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A Critical Biography

Author: Lois Potter

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0631207848

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 497

View: 663

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.
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A Biography

Author: Alfred Lestie Rowe

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9781349003174

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 485

View: 4757

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The Riddle of Genius

Author: Boris Johnson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1473625866

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 6141

Shakespeare is the true British icon - he is still the most performed, the most translated, the most venerated playwright in history, and a man whose reputation, if anything, is in the ascendant. No one has resolved so many truths about the human heart, or so brilliantly debated our psychological and political predicaments. No author has ever produced such astonishing female characters, perfected comic language so dazzlingly, or taught us as much about politics as William Shakespeare. Boris Johnson explains Shakespeare's genius in a simple and readable way; in a way that gets to grips with what is really going on, what the characters are up to, what the point of it all is; and in a way that sets the man simply and intelligibly in the context of his time. He explores not only the origin of Shakespeare's genius, but also the nature of his genius. If Shakespeare is the greatest ever, then of what exactly does his greatness consist? 'What makes Shakespeare Shakespeare? That, as the man once said, is the question.'
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The World as a Stage

Author: Bill Bryson

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007197896

Category: Dramatists, English

Page: 200

View: 5814

In true Bryson style, in a study that manages to be witty, amusing and anecdotal as well as informative, on one of the greatest British dramatists that has ever lived, he recounts his travels during which he discusses Shakespeare and his life with expert academics, actors, directors and theatre managers, while following the Stratford route.
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His Work and His World

Author: Michael Rosen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781844287246

Category: Dramatists, English

Page: 96

View: 6526

Shakespeare: His Work and His World is written by Michael Rosen in an accessible, modern, child-friendly style. As well as facts about his life and the theatre of the day, Rosen provides lively studies of Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear and The Tempest. Also included is a detailed analysis of a scene from Romeo and Juliet.
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