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A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 by [James Shapiro]
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A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 Kindle Edition

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“Very distinguished...captivating...Shapiro succeeds where others have fallen short.”

From The New Yorker

Instead of relying on the meagre evidence about Shakespeare's personal life, Shapiro's biography examines how public events left their mark on the four plays-"Henry V," "Julius Caesar," "As You Like It," and "Hamlet"-that Shakespeare wrote during 1599, the year in which the thirty-five-year-old playwright "went from being an exceptionally talented writer to one of the greatest who ever lived." The approach proves illuminating for the overtly political plays. Lines in "Henry V" allude to a rebellion in Ireland that Elizabeth I had recently sent the Earl of Essex to suppress. Chapters on "As You Like It" and "Hamlet" revert to more conventional textual analysis, interlarded with biographical speculations and digressions; for instance, Rosalind's journey to Arden may derive from Shakespeare's annual trip to Stratford to see his wife and daughters, and the "limbs with travel tired" of the twenty-seventh sonnet perhaps reflect the poor condition of English highways.
Copyright © 2005 The New Yorker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • File Size : 1026 KB
  • Publication Date : October 13, 2009
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 432 pages
  • Publisher : HarperCollins e-books; Illustrated edition (October 13, 2009)
  • ASIN : B000FCKH60
  • Language: : English
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Lending : Not Enabled
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