The Genius of Shakespeare

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 384 pages
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This fascinating book by one of Britain's most acclaimed young Shakespeare scholars explores the extraordinary staying-power of Shakespeare's work. Bate opens by taking up questions of authorship, asking, for example, Who was Shakespeare, based on the little documentary evidence we have? Which works really are attributable to him? And how extensive was the influence of Christopher Marlowe? Bate goes on to trace Shakespeare's canonization and near- deification, examining not only the uniqueness of his status among English-speaking readers but also his effect on literate cultures across the globe.

Ambitious, wide-ranging, and historically rich, this book shapes a provocative inquiry into the nature of genius as it ponders the legacy of a talent unequalled in English letters. A bold and meticulous work of scholarship,The Genius of Shakespeareis also lively and accessibly written and will appeal to any reader who has marveled at the Bard and the enduring power of his work.

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Genius of Shakespeare

User Review  - Nicholas Graham - Book Verdict

Bate examines the history of Shakespeare's reputation in an attempt to discover and explain the enduring nature of his work. This look at the very idea of literary genius is recommended for readers ... Read full review

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"The Genius of Shakespeare" is written in distinctly dry prose, features unusual critiques of various Shakespearean characters and plays, and doesn't seem to be dense enough for the Shakespeare expert ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Jonathan Bate is King Alfred the Great Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool. He is the author of Shakespeare and Ovid (OUP, 1993), Shakespearean Constitutions (OUP, 1989), and Shakespeare and the English Romantic Imagination (OUP, 1986). Among his edited volumes are Titus Andronicus (Arden Shakespeare), Romantic Ecology, and The Romantics on Shakespeare.

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