Reviews

Review: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Robert Finn

Two rather obvious conclusions leap off the pages of just about every book ever written about William Shakespeare: That his plays reflect the turbulent times in which he lived, and that very little is known for certain about his life. James Shapiro, a much respected Shakespeare scholar and professor at Columbia University, has applied his enormous fund of Shakespearean knowledge and his zeal for ... Read full review

User reviews

A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599

User Review  - Nicholas Graham - Book Verdict

This "biography of a year" looks at England at a time when Shakespeare was writing and performing some of his most memorable works. Shapiro fills biographical gaps by delving into evocative details of social, political, and artistic life in London in 1599. (LJ 9/15/05) Read full review

Review: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599

User Review  - Anastasiya - Goodreads

It's a good book in many ways. The author knows a great deal about Shakespeare and his writing as well as the current events in 1599. We are treated to a recap of all political going-ons of 1599, the ... Read full review

Review: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599

User Review  - Steven Key Meyers - Goodreads

Slicing one year out of the life allows a coherent and highly interesting narrative. Shapiro excels at connecting Shakespeare's writing to political eventsórebellion in Ireland, threats from Spain ... Read full review

Review: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599

User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

Not much to add, except that, for people familiar with the major and minor players in Elizabethan England at the end of the 16th century, this may be a slightly easier read. The bits about Shakespeare ... Read full review

Review: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599

User Review  - Jana Irish - Goodreads

Brilliantly illuminating and well-researched, Shapiro's prose does a good job in taking the reader back to Elizabethan England at a time when uncertainty was rife and life imitated culture just as ... Read full review

Review: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599

User Review  - Meredith Watts - Goodreads

1599 was a momentous year in Shakepeare's life as well as a time of major change for England itself. Shakespeare and his fellow share holders in the theater company The Chamberlain's Men managed to ... Read full review

Review: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599

User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

This book wasn't really what I expected. The book title is, in reflection, ambiguous for the book uses 1599 as a fulcrum date and Shakespeare almost as a context. As Shapiro notes early on a true ... Read full review

Review: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599

User Review  - Matthew - Goodreads

I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who didn't already love Shakespeare. Having said that, this is a fantastic biography that met all of my expectations. Which I'm relieved to say, since it took ... Read full review

Review: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599

User Review  - James Weisbach - Goodreads

Interesting and very successful approach to documenting Shakespeare's life - I think he put forward a compelling argument that 1599 was a turning point in Shakespeare's career. Excellent analysis of ... Read full review

User ratings

5 stars
12
4 stars
10
3 stars
4
2 stars
0
1 star
0

All reviews - 29
5 stars - 12
4 stars - 10
2 stars - 0
1 star - 0

All reviews - 29

All reviews - 29