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Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare | [Stephen Greenblatt]

Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

Award-winning author Stephen Greenblatt is one of the most influential literary thinkers in the world. An acclaimed interpreter of Shakespeare's works, his ideas have changed the way countless people approach the classics. Now Greenblatt's uniquely brilliant voice delivers a magnificent biography of the Bard himself.
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Award-winning author Stephen Greenblatt is one of the most influential literary thinkers in the world. An acclaimed interpreter of Shakespeare's works, his ideas have changed the way countless people approach the classics. Now Greenblatt's uniquely brilliant voice delivers a magnificent biography of the Bard himself.

It is impossible to have any understanding of literature and not be familiar with William Shakepeare. He has influenced Western culture more than any other author. But how were Shakespeare's remarkable accomplishments even possible? How could a man without wealth, connections, or a university education move to London and quickly become the greatest playwright of all time? In this emerging narrative, Elizabethan England is reawakened, and we at last understand how Shakespeare became a legendary figure.

Don't miss Stephen Greenblatt talking about his book at the 2005 New York Times TimesTalk event, The Enigma of Shakespeare.

©2004 Stephen Greenblatt; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"This wonderful study, built on a lifetime's scholarship and a profound ability to perceive the life within the texts, creates as vivid and full portrait of Shakespeare as we are likely ever to have." (Publishers Weekly)

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    "Politically Motivated"

    What a disappointment! Here i was, hoping to learn something. It soon became clear, this was a pc professor (of the Howard Zinn strain), pushing his pc political agenda.
    I feel terible that I helped put $$$ in this man's pocket.....
    Do yourself a favor.....skip this OR do a "Google" search on the author BEFORE purchasing. I wish I had.

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    Donald Seattle, WA, USA 10-26-04
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    While the author's bias is evident, I did find the book interesting.
    Could have been a 5 star. Take it with a grain of salt. Very good reader.

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