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Shakespeare: Staging the World 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0199915016
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"This richly illuminated - and illuminating - book is a brilliant introduction to the world Shakespeare inhabited, refashioned in his capacious imagination, and bequeathed to us."--Stephen Greenblatt, author of Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare and general editor of The Norton Shakespeare


About the Author


Jonathan Bate is Provost of Worcester College, Oxford. He was formerly Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at the University of Warwick. He is the editor of the highly acclaimed RSC William Shakespeare: Complete Works and the author of many books, including Soul of the Age: A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare and English Literature: A Very Short Introduction. He is on the Board of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Dora Thornton is curator of Renaissance collections at the British Museum. She is the author of numerous publications including Objects of Virtue: Art in Renaissance Italy (with Luke Syson) and The Scholar in His Study: Ownership and Experience in Renaissance Italy.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199915016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199915019
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is so much about Shakespeare that remains mysterious and sublime; there are just two recognised portraits of him, one piece written in his own hand, and one piece of testimony definitely spoken by him. Moreover, as this fine, lavishly illustrated and coherently arranged book points out, although highly regarded by his peers in the theatre, he was not placed in higher esteem than many other playwrights. In fact it was Francis Beaumont, who died a few weeks before Shakespeare, who was accorded the honour of being buried in Westminster Abbey. It was to be the first half of the eighteenth century that was to see his elevation above his contemporaries.

This excellent book discusses his life and works in context; after all, he was someone thoroughly immersed in the -surprisingly cosmopolitan- Early Modern world, and he was inextricably tied in with contemporary views towards such groups as the Jews ("The Merchant Of Venice"), black people ("Othello"), as well as discussion concerning the budding exploration of the New World ("The Tempest"), and a growing sense of a "British identity" as opposed to an English one (his plays after James I's accession to the throne). Like everyone, Shakespeare was not impervious to the requirements of the real world, and he had adapt to specific situations; at some point in his life an actor, social climber (he spent considerable time and energy trying to get a familial coat of arms), schmoozer in search of patrons, theatre manager, schoolboy trudging through Latin grammar, and possibly poacher, too. Tempting as it may be to see him as such, Shakespeare was no isolated genius; perhaps there is a part of Shakespeare in all of us.

An essential purchase.
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I like the 360 coverage reflecting a time, costume, jewelry, weapons, history, politics, you name it. Beautiful photographs, a really quality book for the price, whether you are interested in Shakespeare or not.
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There's a lot of research here. For anyone who loves Shakespeare, or the Tudors, and is interested in the social and cultural milieu of Elizabethan England. I would have expected a book this big and dense to be a lot more expensive.
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I got it for a friend, and she loved it !
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