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									Stephen GreenblattStephen Greenblatt
John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, editor of The Norton Shakespeare, and prizewinning author of academic books including Hamlet in Purgatory, Stephen Greenblatt garnered a 2004 National Book Award nomination for his eye-opening look at the life and career of William Shakespeare.

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Fact File

Name:
Stephen Greenblatt
Current Home:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
November 7, 1943
Place of Birth:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Education:
B.A., Yale University, 1964; B.A., Cambridge University, 1966; Ph.D., Yale University, 1969
Awards:
James Russell Lowell Prize of the Modern Language Association, 1989 (for Shakespearean Negotiations); Mellon Distinguished Humanist Award, 2002; Erasmus Institute Prize, 2002





2004 National Book Award Finalist

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								Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, Author: 
								Stephen Greenblatt.

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Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
by Stephen Greenblatt
The basic biographical facts of Shakespeare's life have been known for over a century -- but now, Greenblatt shows how this particular life history gave rise to the world's greatest writer. Featuring 16 pages of color illustrations, Will in the World interweaves a searching account of Elizabethan England with a vivid narrative of the playwright's life.



An Acquired Taste?

Though I have spent much of my adult life thinking about Shakespeare, my first encounter with Shakespeare was a disaster," Greenblatt reveals in our exclusive interview. "In junior high school, I found As You Like It quite possibly the most tedious and annoying thing I had ever read.”



An Early Influence

Greenblatt's Reading Recommendations

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								On the Genealogy of Morals, Author: 
								Friedrich Nietzsche.

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On the Genealogy of Morals
by Friedrich Nietzsche
In our interview, Greenblatt recalled how reading Nietzsche's classic had an impact on his career as a writer: "It deeply shocked and upset me; in fact I hated it," he recalls. But it deeply challenged everything I believed in and cared about; it made me understand that a book could do such a thing, and I have never fully recovered from its recklessness and brilliance."

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								Great Expectations, Author: 
								Charles Dickens.

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Great Expectations
by Charles Dickens
Greenblatt names Dickens's classic Great Expectations as another favorite book, calling it "fantastic to read aloud, as well as silently; at once wildly entertaining and deeply moving." Read our interview with Greenblatt to learn more about his favorite books, including:

*Complete Stories  by Franz Kafka
*Anna Karenina  by Leo Tolstoy
*The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire  by Edward Gibbon
*Pride and Prejudice  by Jane Austen
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