A Year In The Life Of William Shakespeare: 1599 by James ShapiroA Year In The Life Of William Shakespeare: 1599 by James Shapiro

A Year In The Life Of William Shakespeare: 1599

byJames Shapiro

Paperback | June 13, 2006

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What accounts for Shakespeare’s transformation from talented poet and playwright to one of the greatest writers who ever lived? In this gripping account, James Shapiro sets out to answer this question, "succeed[ing] where others have fallen short." (Boston Globe)

1599 was an epochal year for Shakespeare and England. During that year, 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.

James Shapiro, aprofessor at Columbia University in New York, is the author ofRival Playwrights, Shakespeare and the Jews,andOberammergau.
Title:A Year In The Life Of William Shakespeare: 1599Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.97 inPublished:June 13, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060088745

ISBN - 13:9780060088743


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant. Shapiro is a wonderful storyteller and scholar. James Shapiro belongs to a camp of scholars that want to remind us that Shakespeare was, besides being one of the most universally influential writers of all time, a human being. A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599, is a the story of a well to do playwright who, in a year of religions, political, and social turmoil, writes some of the most renown plays in the English language. Parallels between the works and societal issues of 1599 show us that Shakespeare was influenced by his world, that he was moved by it, as all of us are. Yes, much of Shapiro's work here is conjecture. We do not know for certain how Shakespeare's mind was moving at a particular time. But what Shapiro's conjecture does it remind us that Shakespeare was living,flesh-and-blood man living in a real world. His conjecture is grounded in the historical context of Elizabethan England. it's a gripping story- perhaps the most exciting work on Shakespeare you'll ever read!
Date published: 2017-01-09

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