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Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

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ISBN: 9780393050578
Author(s): Stephen J. Greenblatt
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2004
Edition: 1st
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Dimensions: 167 x 243 x 34 (w x l x h)
Pages: 448
Pages: 14-18

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Stephen Greenblatt, the charismatic Harvard professor who "knows more about Shakespeare than Ben Jonson or the Dark Lady did" (John Leonard, Harper's), has written a biography that enables us to see, hear, and feel how an acutely sensitive and talented boy, surrounded by the rich tapestry of Elizabethan life; full of drama and pageantry, and also cruelty and danger; could have become the world's greatest playwright. A young man from the provinces a man without wealth, connections, or university education moves to London. In a remarkably short time he becomes the greatest playwright not just of his age but of all time. His works appeal to urban sophisticates and first-time theatergoers; he turns politics into poetry; he recklessly mingles vulgar clowning and philosophical subtlety. How is such an achievement to be explained? Will in the World interweaves a searching account of Elizabethan England with a vivid narrative of the playwright's life. We see Shakespeare learning his craft, starting a family, and forging a career for himself in the wildly competitive London theater world, while at the same time grappling with dangerous religious and political forces that took less-agile figures to the scaffold. Above all, we never lose sight of the great works A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, and more that continue after four
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