Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare (E–pub/E–book) È Stephen Greenblatt


Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

review Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare 103 Stephen Greenblatt ☆ 3 read & download Ensitive and talented boy surrounded by the rich tapestry of Elizabethan life could have become the world's greatest playwright A Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Finali. This book could have been perhaps even should have been so much worse than it turned out Even stating the premise sends a shiver down my spine The premise is How about we speculate on the life and loves of Shakespeare on the basis of the evidence we can find in his plays poems and sonnets You can feel it can t you It is like the shiver you get from a wind blowing off snowIf I d guessed the book was going to be about such speculations I would never have started it I mean I would just as likely start a book called At Last the Real Shakespeare Uncovered But this turned out to be much better than it had a right to be Admittedly once I started my expectations were pretty low and so maybe it is hardly surprising that my expectations were exceeded All the same there were bits of this book that really were uite special and have made me think about Shakespeare s plays in ways I ve never considered beforeI ve always known two facts about early 17th century England but never really thought about how those facts fit together and I really should have Those two facts are these 1 Shakespeare wrote a play called MacBeth in which a King is murdered at least in part due to the supernatural intervention of a group of three witches and 2 that James the first had around twenty witches killed shortly after his marriage due to the part they played in causing a storm off the coast of Denmark that stopped his bride to be coming over the sea to marry himThat James the first was a Scottish king that he was obsessed with witches and that Shakespeare s theatre company was known as The King s Men because the King was their patron makes those two little facts rather compellingIs it any wonder that he has one of his nice wee female characters of noble birth say to one of his ill willed busy body puritans in one of his plays There is no slander in an allowed fool though he do nothing but rail nor no railing in known discreet man though he do nothing but reprove Clearly Shakespeare saw himself as a bit of an allowed fool but even so thought it best to remind his betters of the allowances that needed to be made in their relationshipThere are some lovely insights into life in Elizabethan or Jacobean for that matter England In fact I was thinking during this that a play based on James I and his life and times would be a fascinating thing Do you remember the Monty Python episode in the last series with a Louis of France who could never remember his number and who spoke in a broad Glaswegian accent well James the first or was it the sixth was a bit like that except he also spent much of his time either feeling up pretty young men or burning witches I mean if that isn t material for a play I m not sure what isI figured this book was going to do better than three stars when he started talking about marriage in Shakespeare s plays He speculates that Anne Hathaway and William Shakespeare might not have had the most delightful of marriages This is a fairly standard speculation although Germaine Greer reaches nearly the exact opposite conclusion I believe on nearly exactly the same evidence I m not sure this is something we can do than speculate on All the same the fact that there is hardly a single happy marriage depicted in any of the plays is interesting indeed In fact the fact that one of the few successful marriages in the plays seems to be the one between the MacBeths does much to support his point Not that successful marriages make for good drama Well not that I would know of course although I can personally attest to the rather striking relationship between an unsuccessful marriage and melodramaGreenblatt to use a fairly common phrase does cover his arse in his speculations All the same there is little doubt for example that he thinks the Sonnets were written for Southampton and admittedly he does build a fairly compelling case He also builds an interesting case to suggest William s father was an alcoholic But like everything else it is important to have in the back of your mind a little voice saying we just don t know we just don t know repeatedly even during the most interesting of these speculationsSo overall I did enjoy this book There is lots of stuff in it I simply had never really heard before the section on Jews in England there were none I did know but there is lots of detail here I knew nothing about I also had no idea that people used to kill cats and dogs at the first sign of plague and thereby unconsciously helped to spread it The best of this book are the parts where he talks about the grand themes that run through his plays and why Shakespeare might have had some of the preferences he demonstrates in his plays This is a game I enjoy playing and love watching an expert at it There is lots of interesting material here and Greenblatt does know his stuff I uite enjoyed this book which is much than I expected from it A pleasant surprise

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review Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare 103 Stephen Greenblatt ☆ 3 read & download A young man from a small provincial town moves to London in the late 1580s and in a remarkably short time becomes the greatest playwright not of his age alone but of all time. If you re into stuff like this you can read the full reviewNature Abhors a Vacuum Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen GreenblattIs there a Shakespearean lover who does not know that there is precious little actual information about Shakespeare and as a result there are all these theories speculating about who he really was I ve read a few of them and I ve always considered these to be crap that show us about the enthusiast of the theory than they do about Shakespeare I have read many books about Shakespeare but none have provoked a mixed and reaction in me than Greenblatts There are some great weaknesses Read on As I was reading this what came into my mind was that celebrated statement I think by AL Rowse that he was prepared to stake his reputation on the claim that all the Dark Lady from the sonnets 127 154 was in fact Emilia Lanier Never mind that it s never been clear that Lanier was a dark lady let alone the Dark Lady or indeed whether or not there was a real Dark Lady at all in real life By Jove what if Shakespeare actually made the whole thing up What if Greenblatt wanted to give Rowse a run for his money when it comes to reinventing Shakespeare s life I m uite astonished that it found a publisher at all let alone that someone paid close to a million dollars to have it published I m not talking about being littered with spelling mistakes or grammatical errors the worst is the utter lack of scholarly accuracy eg Shakespeare hating Anne Hathaway Shakespeare s Anti Jewishness the meeting in Lancashire between Edmund Campion and the teenage Shakespeare Falstaff as being a tribute both to Robert Greene and to Shakespeare s own father the attempt at simplifying and normalizing the complex sexuality of Shakespeare etc If you re into Shakespeare read on

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review Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare 103 Stephen Greenblatt ☆ 3 read & download 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 s. Everyone understood that Latin learning was inseparable from whipping One educational theorist of the time speculated that the buttocks were created in order to facilitate the learning of Latin Stephen Greenblatt Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare Every historian critic author or amateur who starts a book on William Shakespeare knows they are facing tremendous odds Shakespeare was private lived 400 years ago left very few written records about himself and those things he did leave are often ambiguous Writing a book about him is like writing a serious book about Moses Jesus or Kubla Khan Separating the myth from the man and the man from his work is a full time and nearly uixotic gig So how do you write a book about the most important and imaginative writer EVER Probably just how Greenblatt did You use what you have You speculate when you must You utilize textual analysis to tease out what Shakespeare might have been like using his plays as peep stones You jump to historical analysis to tease out what was going on around him You build a narrative with all the spare details to try to understand the man and even occasionally try to understand some of his major literary pieces You compare Shakespeare to his contemporaries You know his plays like almost nobody else And then you just go for itAnyway Greenblatt did an amazing job He was academic but wrote for a general audience He wasn t bombastic or greedy He was open casual and let the Shakespeare s story that was there speak for itself I m not sure if I liked this book or The Swerve better They are both worth the time and Shakespeare is definitely worth the effort

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  • Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
  • Stephen Greenblatt
  • English
  • 02 April 2020
  • 9780393327373

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    review ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Stephen Greenblatt Stephen Greenblatt ☆ 3 read & download Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare (E–pub/E–book) È Stephen Greenblatt ”To understand who Shakespeare was it is important to follow the verbal traces he left behind back into the life he lived and into the world to which he was so open And to understand how Shakespeare used his imagination to transform his life into his art it is important to use our own imagination” There is no

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    review ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Stephen Greenblatt Stephen Greenblatt ☆ 3 read & download Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare (E–pub/E–book) È Stephen Greenblatt I never thought this would happen to me but while I was reading this book I actually had a sense of nostalgia for

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    Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare (E–pub/E–book) È Stephen Greenblatt If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewNature Abhors a Vacuum “Will in the World – How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare” by Stephen GreenblattIs there a Shakespearean lover who does not know that there is precious little actual information about Shakespeare and as a result there are all these theor

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    Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare (E–pub/E–book) È Stephen Greenblatt Stephen Greenblatt ☆ 3 read & download 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

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    Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare (E–pub/E–book) È Stephen Greenblatt “Everyone understood that Latin learning was inseparable from whipping One educational theorist of the time speculated that the buttocks were created in order to facilitate the learning of Latin” ― Stephen Greenblatt Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare Every historian critic author or amateur who starts a bo

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    Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare (E–pub/E–book) È Stephen Greenblatt review ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Stephen Greenblatt characters Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare Possibly as far away from the reality of Shakespeare's life as any silly fairy tale but highly readable and a wonderful comp

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    Stephen Greenblatt ☆ 3 read & download Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare (E–pub/E–book) È Stephen Greenblatt I think the theory of Shakespeare that he's espousing is a little far fetched I'm just going to put it out there The way he gets from argument to argument is 'well this probably didn't happen but what if it did then this would be true' and then he'll go on to spout some historical facts that would then fall into place of that was true So as an academic argument? I don't find this book particularly strongHowever There i

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    characters Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare review ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Stephen Greenblatt Stephen Greenblatt ☆ 3 read & download If Shakespeare wore shoes and we have reason 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

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    review ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Stephen Greenblatt Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare (E–pub/E–book) È Stephen Greenblatt This book could have been perhaps even should have been so much worse than it turned out Even stating the premise sends a shiver down my spine The premise is “How about we speculate on the life and loves of Shakespeare on the basi

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    Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare (E–pub/E–book) È Stephen Greenblatt I studied a lot of Shakespeare in college I just like that guy No one else can explore such huge themes so concisely and so beautifully and I think he's the real dealAnd he's hard to biographize 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 i

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