Becoming Shakespeare: The Unlikely Afterlife That Turned a Provincial Playwright into the Bard

Becoming Shakespeare: The Unlikely Afterlife That Turned a Provincial Playwright into the Bard

by Jack Lynch
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Becoming Shakespeare: The Unlikely Afterlife That Turned a Provincial Playwright into the Bard by Jack Lynch

This is a book about William Shakespeare's afterlife, but there's nothing mystical about it. It's a book about sex comedies with no sex, about tragedies where everyone lives happily ever after, about a Shakespeare festival where not a line of Shakespeare was spoken. It's a book about a king's teenage mistress and a prudish doctor afraid of blood, about the murder of a king and about royalist propaganda, about the almost religious adoration for a writer whose works no one could see in their original context. It's about a classic of children's literature written by a murderess, about a war fought in scholarly footnotes, and about foreign affairs being conducted on the London stage. It's about a regicide, a whore, and a forger all contributing toward the production of a genius. It's a book about a provincial bumpkin who became the great portraitist of the universal human condition. And it's only fitting that it should be about paradoxes, because it's a book about one of the greatest paradoxes in all of world literature-a book about how Shakespeare became Shakespeare.

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ISBN-13: 9780802716781
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 02/03/2009
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jack Lynch, a professor of English at Rutgers University, has been studying the curious afterlife of William Shakespeare for more than fifteen years. He is the editor of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary and Samuel Johnson's Insults. He lives in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

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Becoming Shakespeare: The Unlikely Afterlife That Turned a Provincial Playwright into the Bard 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have not read more than few appears to be an excellent treatment of the subject... but in a history book, it is troubling to find that the early dates are 200 years off. All the dates of events that took place in the 1500's are printed as having occurred during the 1300's. I am sure this is a spell checker error from the manuscript...but this is an ebook, and it could easily be fixed. Why don't you fix it, Barnes & Noble?
hereford More than 1 year ago
Like the other reviewer, I found this excellent book marred by the fact that nearly every "5" in dates appeared as a "3."  As I personally know quite a bit about Shakespeare and Elizabethan England, I knew the errors and assumed that every 5 would be a 3.  Not so.  So, when I got to parts with which I was less familiar, such as dates dealing with 18th Century actors, I had no idea what the correct date was--was it 1758 1738?  I see no reason for this type of error, nor do I think for one minute that the author of this well-researched book was in any way at fault.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The accuracy of the e-text is an insipid. Pictures will appear on one page, that caption will appear on another, sometimes the caption is on the correct page but text bleeds over into the caption. Subtext headers may appear at the bottom of a page, hyphens appear where they don't belong. Spaces between some words disappear. In many places following a date the first word of text is distorted. And, as both other reviewers have noted dates that should appear as 15XX appear as 13XX making the text unreliable for students. The e-text is an embarrassment for the publisher. All the errors detract from the professional research and excellent writing skills of Jack Lynch. If the quality of publication matched the scholarly skill of the writer I would have give this a 5.
DavidH42 More than 1 year ago
I cannot comment on the paper editions of this book, as I have not seen one. The Nook version is filled with what appear to be problems with the conversion to e-book format. At least I hope so. I cannot imagine a manuscript so filled with typos and date errors ever making it into print except on the sleaziest vanity press.
avidreader78WA More than 1 year ago
Fix the typos and give us a better electronic edition.  This is ridiculous.  Rating is solely for the lack of editing in the ebook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago