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Family Life in the Age of Shakespeare Hardcover – December 30, 2008

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"For students and general readers, Young (English, Brigham Young U.) describes family life during Shakespeare's time, to give readers a better understanding of his works and their context. He covers the development of family life from Ancient Greece and Rome up to the Renaissance, specific practices and attitudes, common misconceptions, and the importance

of family in social and political life. He then considers Shakespeare's uses of family in his poems and plays, as well as historical and contemporary Shakespearean productions, and scholarship and criticism. A selection of primary documents from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries are included, such as sermons, handbooks, legal documents, and ballads."


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Overviews family life in Shakespeare's world and works and in productions of his plays.

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Bruce Young (born 1950) teaches English at Brigham Young University, including courses on Shakespeare, C. S. Lewis, and world literature. Besides his family, his faith, and the topics just mentioned, his passions include the Beatles and the philosopher Emmanuel Levinas.

He is married to Margaret Blair Young, an accomplished and celebrated writer (see and They met in 1984 in a class on literary criticism--Bruce was the teacher; Margaret a student. They are the parents of four children and grandparents of three.

Bruce has received degrees from Brigham Young University (B.A.), Columbia (M.A.), and Harvard (A.M., Ph.D.). The recipient of an Alcuin fellowship and the Karl G. Maeser General Education Professorship from BYU, Bruce has published articles, reviews, poetry, and personal essays, in addition to the book Family Life in the Age of Shakespeare. Active in the Shakespeare Association of America, he has traveled alone and with his family to many parts of the world, from the Baltics to Beijing and from Paris to Guatemala. He and Margaret spent a year (1993-94), along with their family, teaching at BYU's Hawaii campus. In 1996, they spent six months in London helping direct BYU's Study Abroad program there. They returned for two months in 2010 to help direct the same program. Bruce is the author of several blogs, including "The Face of the Other" (

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