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A year in the life of William Shakespeare, 1599

Author: James Shapiro
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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An intimate history of Shakespeare, following him through a single year--1599--that changed not only his fortunes but the course of literature. How was Shakespeare transformed from being a talented poet and playwright to become one of the greatest writers who ever lived? In this one exhilarating year we follow what he reads and writes, what he sees, and whom he works with as he invests in the new Globe Theatre and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographie 1599
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Shapiro
ISBN: 0060088737 9780060088736
OCLC Number: 58468350
Awards: Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction, 2006.
Description: xix, 394 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Winter --
A battle of wills --
A great blow in Ireland --
Burial at Westminster --
A sermon at Richmond --
Band of brothers --
Spring --
The globe rises --
Book burning --
Is this a holiday? --
Summer --
The invisible Armada --
The passionate pilgrim --
Simple truth suppressed --
The forest of Arden --
Autumn --
Things dying, things newborn --
Essays and soliloquies --
Second thoughts.
Responsibility: James Shapiro.

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An intimate history of Shakespeare, following him through a single year--1599--that changed not only his fortunes but the course of literature. How was Shakespeare transformed from being a talented poet and playwright to become one of the greatest writers who ever lived? In this one exhilarating year we follow what he reads and writes, what he sees, and whom he works with as he invests in the new Globe Theatre and creates four of his most famous plays--Henry the Fifth, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and, most remarkably, Hamlet. Shapiro illuminates both Shakespeare's staggering achievement and what Elizabethans experienced in the course of 1599: sending off an army to crush an Irish rebellion, weathering an Armada threat from Spain, gambling on the fledgling East India Company, and waiting to see who would succeed their aging and childless queen.--From publisher description.

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Shakespeare scholarship with evidence

by vleighton (WorldCat user published 2012-05-25) Excellent Permalink

  This study of Shakespeare and his times is important, because it uses documented evidence, rather than speculation. Shapiro uses diaries, sermons, traveler's accounts, and official records to show how Shakespeare's plays relate to his time. Shapiro writes:...
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