Nothing Like the Sun

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“Shakespeare in his own stirring times . . . suffering or triumphant with the day’s news. . . . Brilliant.”—Times Literary Supplement
A magnificent, bawdy telling of Shakespeare’s love life, following young Will’s maturation into sex and writing. A playful romp, it is at the same time a serious look at the forces that midwife art, the effects of time and place, and the ordinariness that is found side by side with the extraordinariness of genius.
“Burgess can remake reality not ...

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Overview

“Shakespeare in his own stirring times . . . suffering or triumphant with the day’s news. . . . Brilliant.”—Times Literary Supplement
A magnificent, bawdy telling of Shakespeare’s love life, following young Will’s maturation into sex and writing. A playful romp, it is at the same time a serious look at the forces that midwife art, the effects of time and place, and the ordinariness that is found side by side with the extraordinariness of genius.
“Burgess can remake reality not only in his own writing but also in a new perception of the writings of his subject.”—New York Times Book Review

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Editorial Reviews

Stephen Greenblatt
“Nothing Like the Sun is a wildly inventive, verbally dazzling attempt to enter the secret chambers of Shakespeare's inner life. Cunning, alert, and deliciously irresponsible, Burgess brilliantly invents a private history of sexual desire and betrayal lurking behind the blank face that looks out from the First Folio.”
Aileen Pippett
Shakespeare in his own stirring times, affected by historic events, suffering or triumphant with the day's news, meeting his fellow poets, and always living the secret life of the imagination….The more you know about the plays and the periods, the more you will appreciate the subtle touches that give their similitude to the tale.
Times Literary Supplement (London)
D. J. Enright
Nothing Like the Sun is a clever, tightly constructed book, reminiscent in its smaller and more sensational way of Mann's Doctor Faustus, full of the author's old verbal ingenuity...
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Aileen Pippett - Times Literary Supplement [London]
“Shakespeare [is shown] in his own stirring times. . . . A brilliant book. . . . Taut and forceful.”
New York Times Book Review
“Implicitly, Burgess is making the case that Shakespeare's talent had its origin in his sexual drives and that his topless towers of words were founded on his immense desire and will. Fascinated but resistant, I reread the sonnets and found that the novel illuminated them so much as to justify his case. This is to me a measure of Burgess's talents—that he can remake reality not only in his own writing but also in a new perception of the writings of his subject.”
Times Literary Supplement [London]
Shakespeare [is shown] in his own stirring times. . . . A brilliant book. . . . Taut and forceful.— Aileen Pippett
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393346404
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/5/2013
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 361,532
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Burgess (1917–1993) is the author of many works, including A Clockwork Orange, The Wanting Seed, Nothing Like the Sun, Honey for the Bears, The Long Day Wanes, The Doctor Is Sick, and ReJoyce.

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