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Will in the World How Shakespeare Became ShakespeareLy as far away from Reality Shakespeare S reality of Shakespeare s as any silly fairy tale but eadable and a companion to eading the playsFull eview maybe later As any fule kno twas Ben Jonson who famously said of his friend Mr William Shakespeare that he was not of an age but for all time Which bon mot is trotted out A Bold Carnivore: An Alphabet of Predators regularly not least by yours truly when guiding German high school students through the vagaries of Macbeth after all you have to try to persuade them that the fate of an eleventh century Scottish king could possibly have someelevance to a twenty first century audience So what do you do Well you emphasise the universal of course The Big Themes Ambition Fate Remorse Nihilism Self fulfilling prophecies irony how far are we masters of our own fate and how far are we puppets in the hands of forces beyond our control The Nature of Evil Is Lady Macbeth in cahoots with the Weird Sisters Or does her evil spring from her own foul natureWhat distinguished Harvard Professor Greenblatt does here is to take Mr William Shakespeare out of that bubble out of that vacuum of universal truth He draws our national poet down down from the cloudy heights of universal genius and plants him firmly back on the ground in his time Of an ageThis is not to diminish Shakespeare in any way this New Historicism or whatever fancy label you want to stick on Professor Greenblatt s magnificent work does not Goodbye Sarajevo: A True Story of Courage, Love and Survival reduce Shakespeare s opus butather opens up Lifting rich new seams of interpretation Examining the swirling currents that stormed around theestless genius the paranoia about plots to murder good ueen Bess the Mathruhridayam risks ofecusancy the ecklessness of his ivals the innovations in theatrical design the Scottish King s troubled elationship with witches to mention but a few Prof Greenblatt then traces how they are eflected in Shakespeare s work Under any other circumstances I would be feeling ueasy at the very suggestion that we can or ever should ead the man through the fictional work he produced But Professor Greenblatt has such a depth of knowledge both of the age and of Shakespeare s work and what s such a seductively supple sinuous style that any tendency to carp at the many speculative maybes and perhapses and it s possible thats and of course we can t knows was soon banished lost in the warm flow of seamlessly informative elegantly phrased argumentation I was utterly convinced in particular for example by the best easoning I have ever ead as to why Mr WS should have written sonnets How is an achievement of this magnitude to be explained How did Shakespeare become Shakespeare Stephen Greenblatt brings us down to earth to see hear and feel how an acutely

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I studied a lot of Shakespeare in College I Just Like That Guy No I just like that guy No else can explore such huge themes so concisely and so beautifully and I think he s the REAL DEALAND HE S HARD TO dealAnd he s hard to partly because we famously don t know a ton about him but also I think partly because he was just something special Someone who wrote outside himselfSo for example in this terrific biography Greenblatt points out that it s kinda weird that Shakespeare s son died and he appeared not to deal with it at all he was writing some of his funniest comedies at the time WTF say people who would like there to be neat connections between things And the answer isn t I argue that there s a big mystery that you should write your graduate thesis about It s just that Shakespeare was a tremendous literary power and he wrote what he wroteBiographically speaking there isn t much new in this book If you knew that Shakespeare was sortof a dick that he left his wife the second best bed and that a lot of his sonnets were pretty gay you won t get your world The Devil's Snake Curve: A Fan's Notes From Left Field rocked here But Greenblatt presents what we do know in a fun way If you veead The Pulitzer winning Swerve you know what an engaging writer he is Note Greenblatt subscribes to the boring and unimportant conspiracy theory that Shakespeare was a secret Catholic He wasn t and no one caresIt s around chapter 9 for me that Will in the World moves from good to great as Greenblatt gets into the serious analysis of Shakespeare s best works His comparison in this chapter between Merchant of Venice and Marlowe s terrific savage Jew of Malta is the best I ve seen The essays that follow on Othello Hamlet and Lear are brilliant and they elevate this whole book from fun to indispensableIf you The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division re looking to know about Shakespeare you are now considering the correct book If Shakespeare wore shoes and we haveeason to suppose he did he might have worn some like the ones in this picture I m paraphrasing but not by much This is Greenblatt s own special brand of persiflage that drove Germaine Greer to write her excellent Shakespeare s Wife so I guess this book was good for something Read Greer instead On her way to Pimpinella Meerprinzessin 1: Ankunft im Muschelschloss (German Edition) responsible speculation about the character of Anne Hathaway traditionally assumed to have been a millstone around her husband s neck on no evidence whatsoever except the unremarkable Greer explains why so does Bill Bryson beuest of his second best bed Greer creates a plausible phantom that might have been the poet or not and is a pleasure to contemplate Possib. A young man from a small provincial town moves to London in the late 1580s and in aemarkably short time becomes the greatest playwright not of his age alone but of all time. Rging the Earl of Southampton to fulfil the destiny of his own incredible beauty by passing it on to the next generation This was the perfect antidote to the emptiness and melancholy left at the departure of the near and dear travelling back to their home that is than 6000 kilometres and five time zones away Trouble is I ve finished it WHAT NOW THE SWERVE HOW THE WORLD BECAME MODERN now The Swerve How the World Became Modern fortiori now that I have experienced such an engrossing bath of warm light that does not dazzle but glows I never thought this would happen to me but while I was eading this book I actually Had A Sense Of Nostalgia a sense of nostalgia Harold Bloom A woman I work with forced this book on me with the guarantee that I would adore it I later found out that she hates music like the Velvet Underground It s always people like that who are forcing book ecommendations Not that there are people like that who hate the Velvet Underground I have a lot of faith that she is an isolated caseThis book pretty much hit on every single thing I ever hate about books I know other people have said the writing was engaging but I have to disagree One sentence was just a list of the types of businesses that existed in London in the late 16th century The businesses were grouped together in a way that let the author use some semi colons and it seemed pretty clear to me that the whole purpose of the sentence was so that he could show he knew how to use semi colons If that is not the case and the editors had to put those semi colons in well god help us allI think this book should be classified as historical fiction because every sentence is about how maybe this "Happened Or If Then "or if then could have thought There is a whole chapter devoted to speculating about whether Shakespeare had a happy marriage based on the marriages in his plays That makes me so madHere s what I would Défendre Jacob read a book that compiles the documentary historyelated to Shakespeare and has a short explanation of what the document is I would be fine with that Speculation is so infuriatingI was dating this guy ecently and he only used the word film for movie which drives me crazy And then one day he asked me if I wanted to go have a omp in the sack so I decided we should not go out any This is the book version of the phrase omp in the sackI am judging the soul of both this book and anyone who is passionate about it As to people who feel pretty neutral about it you are okay I will just assume the History of Elizabethan England class you took in college was only a survey. Ensitive and talented boy surrounded by the ich tapestry of Elizabethan life could have become the world's greatest playwright A Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Finali.


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