A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, 1599

A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, 1599

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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.
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial ed
ISBN: 9780060088743
Branch Call Number: PR2907 .S47 2006x
Characteristics: xix, 394, 16 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 21 cm


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Shakespeare scholar Shapiro examines four plays - Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and Hamlet - written by Shakespeare in 1599 and connects them to events at the time. Also available as an eBook and audiobook.

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Apr 24, 2017

reads like a thriller, but for eggheads

Mardian Feb 22, 2016

It is just like going to a really informative class in Shakespeare, social and political history, and all-those-questions-you-never-got-answered about how the playwright got from MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR all the way to HAMLET. Whew!


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