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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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: 5312

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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A Critical Biography

Author: Lois Potter

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0631207848

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 497

View: 3641

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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die Biographie

Author: Peter Ackroyd

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442738496

Category:

Page: 654

View: 8055

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Including the Biography of the Poet, Criticisms on His Genius and Writings : a New Chronology of His Plays, a Disquisition on the Subject of His Sonnets : and a History of the Manners, Customs, Amusements, Superstitions, Poetry and Elegant Literature of His Age

Author: Nathan Drake

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: English literature

Page: N.A

View: 5862

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the history plays

Author: Elihu Pearlman

Publisher: Twayne Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

View: 6519

Though the acceptance of William Shakespeare as the primary author of the western canon is now a cultural fact, the Renaissance theatergoer could not have known with certainty that such a skilled chronicler of history would come to hold such a mighty place in that history himself. Recognized as the preeminent playwright and poet of England, Shakespeare spent the first third of his career dramatizing the exploits of past rulers of the kingdom. The enduring influence of Shakespeare is manifest in the continued staging of these history plays, which first came into vogue thanks to the post-Armada nationalism that swept Tudor England. Through historical dramas such as Henry IV and Richard III, Shakespeare addressed the political, social, and religious needs of an entire nation. In William Shakespeare: The History Plays, E. Pearlman provides an indispensable tool for identifying the source of the timeless excitement provided by Shakespeare's historical plays. Pearlman offers a discussion of the tradition of history plays in Renaissance England, cogently discussing Shakespeare's plays in the context of this genre. He makes it clear to the reader that however timeless the appeal of Shakespeare, he was also distinctly a man of his own age, contemporary minded and concerned with current events. This remarkable study contends that Shakespeare developed his own theories about kingship and succession to rule during the contemporary debates concerning republicanism versus monarchism. Pearlman usefully tailors his discussion in the unprecedented manner of approaching Shakespeare's work chronologically by reign of king to better illustrate genealogy and evolving political thought. He thereby opens up startling new insights into the technique and ideological maturation of this literary master. Both first time readers and those already well acquainted with the seductive verse of Shakespeare will benefit from the wealth of information provided by this commentary, which includes a chronology and bibliography clear enough to ground the beginning student and thorough enough to satisfy the advanced scholar.
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Author: Irving Ribner

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415353144

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 356

View: 3646

First published in 1957. This edition re-issues the second edition of 1965. Recognized as one of the leading books in its field, The English History Play in the Age of Shakespeare presents the most comprehensive account available of the English historical drama from its beginning to the closing of the theatres in 1642 and relates this development to Renaissance historiography and Elizabethan political theory.
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An Alternative Biography

Author: Paul Edmondson,Stanley Wells

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110705432X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 368

View: 1876

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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The History and Roman Plays

Author: Bernard J. Paris

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838634295

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

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Shakespeare's history and Roman plays are usually discussed in terms of their political themes; their leading characters are imagined human beings who must be understood in motivational terms. Analyzing these characters with the aid of modern psychology (the theories of Karen Horney), this story attempts both to make sense of inconsistencies within the plays and the controversies they have produced.
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Author: William Shakespeare,Sidney Lee

Publisher: e-artnow

ISBN: 802680483X

Category: Drama

Page: 1256

View: 8196

This carefully crafted ebook: “Hamlet (The Unabridged Play) + The Classic Biography: The Life of William Shakespeare” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, written by William Shakespeare between 1599 and 1601, is set in Denmark and recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius, who murdered the King, takes the throne and marries Hamlet’s mother. Life of William Shakespeare is a biography of William Shakespeare by the eminent critic Sidney Lee. This book was one of the first major biographies of the Bard of Avon. It was published in 1898, based on the article contributed to the Dictionary of National Biography. William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, the authorship of some of which is uncertain. Sir Sidney Lee (1859 – 1926) was an English biographer and critic. He was a lifelong scholar and enthusiast of Shakespeare. His article on Shakespeare in the fifty-first volume of the Dictionary of National Biography formed the basis of his Life of William Shakespeare. This full-length life is often credited as the first modern biography of the poet.
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Author: William Shakespeare,Sidney Lee

Publisher: e-artnow

ISBN: 8026804899

Category: Drama

Page: 1124

View: 6813

This carefully crafted ebook: “Othello (The Unabridged Play) + The Classic Biography: The Life of William Shakespeare” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in approximately 1603, and based on the Italian short story Un Capitano Moro. The story, set in 16th-century Venice and Cyprus, tells about a black general in the Italian army, Othello, and what happened between him and his wife, Desdemona. The main villain in this play is Iago; who is a soldier under Othello’s command. Iago tells Othello numerous lies about Desdemona and Othello’s friend, and former right-hand man, Cassio. Life of William Shakespeare is a biography of William Shakespeare by the eminent critic Sidney Lee. This book was one of the first major biographies of the Bard of Avon. It was published in 1898, based on the article contributed to the Dictionary of National Biography. William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, the authorship of some of which is uncertain. Sir Sidney Lee (1859 – 1926) was an English biographer and critic. He was a lifelong scholar and enthusiast of Shakespeare. His article on Shakespeare in the fifty-first volume of the Dictionary of National Biography formed the basis of his Life of William Shakespeare. This full-length life is often credited as the first modern biography of the poet.
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containing a biography of the poet, and a guide to Stratford-upon-Avon and its vicinity

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 128

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Author: Margreta de Grazia

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521658812

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 328

View: 515

A comprehensive, readable and authoritative introduction to the study of Shakespeare.
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The Play of History

Author: Graham Holderness,Nick Potter

Publisher: Palgrave Schol, Print UK

ISBN: N.A

Category: Great Britain

Page: 240

View: 8790

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The Classic Unabridged Shakespeare Biography

Author: Sidney Lee

Publisher: e-artnow

ISBN: 8026804821

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 756

View: 1083

This carefully crafted ebook: “The Life Of William Shakespeare” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Life of William Shakespeare is a biography of William Shakespeare by the eminent critic Sidney Lee. This book, first published in 1898, was an immediate popular success and was regarded for much of the twentieth century as the most reliable account of Shakespeare's life then available. Sir Sidney Lee (1859 – 1926) was an English biographer and critic. He was a lifelong scholar and enthusiast of Shakespeare. His article on Shakespeare in the fifty-first volume of the Dictionary of National Biography formed the basis of his Life of William Shakespeare. This full-length life is often credited as the first modern biography of the poet.
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A Life

Author: Park Honan

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0198117922

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 479

View: 1411

Explores the life of Shakespeare and his attitudes towards women through his relationships with Anne Hathaway and his daughters
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Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 1466884363

Category: Drama

Page: 448

View: 611

It is part of Shakespeare's extraordinary contribution to our culture that, through his dramas based on English history, he played a unique part in forming our view of ourselves and our nationhood. From King John, in which through Magna Carta the king's absolute power was first limited and the people's freedoms assured, to--almost in his own lifetime--Henry VIII, Shakespeare wrote a series of ten plays portraying the course of history. It represents almost one third of his entire dramatic output. The overarching theme of these plays is the vital importance of the sovereign's legitimacy if the nation is to be stable. They cover revolutionary times and events--the deposition and murder of Richard II, the Wars of the Roses, the usurping of the throne by Richard III--but they always affirm the principle that a legitimate king, circumscribed by an agreed constituion, is the only proper guarantee of the nation's liberties. There are many other ways in which Shakespeare's patriotism has become definitive. In Henry V's St. Crispin's Day speech to the troops before Agincourt, for example, or John of gaunt's 'scepter'd isle' speech, a sense of Englishness is expressed which still lives in English minds today. The E;izabethan's pride in nationhood was perfectly embodied by Shakespeare, but the poetry of it transcends its own time. In this edition the history plays are brought together with a large group of illustrations which echo and amplify their themes. Gloriously vivid images of England's story are presented here, putting the great plays in a magnificent setting.
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