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A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061840906
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
129,634
File size:
749 KB

Meet the Author

James Shapiro, aprofessor at Columbia University in New York, is the author of Rival Playwrights, Shakespeare and the Jews, and Oberammergau.

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A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, 1599 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It's well-written and engaging, placing Shakespeare's writing within the cultural and political events happening while he wrote. Shapiro did a truly astounding amount of research and presents it effortlessly. I read this book for fun, but as an English student and future teacher, I found it intellectually stimulating and will continue to reference it in my studies and career. I recommend it very highly!
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