The genius of Shakespeare

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Picador, Jun 6, 2008 - Drama - 402 pages
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Who was Shakespeare? Why has his writing endured? What makes it so endlessly adaptable to different times and cultures? And how has Shakespeare come to be such a powerful symbol of genius?

"The Genius of Shakespeare" is a fascinating biography of the life - and afterlife - of the greatest English poet. Jonathan Bate, one of the world's leading Shakespearean scholars, deftly shows how the legend of Shakespeare's genius was created and sustained, and how it has become a truly global phenomenon.

'The best book about Shakespeare for a generation'

Philip Howard, "The Times"

'As brilliant an account of the Bard's iconic universality as you could hope to find'

Michael Billington, "Guardian"

'Absolutely dazzling - illuminates the whole man and the influence he has in our lives'

Simon Callow, "Sunday Express"

'Occupies the territory of biography, literary criticism, theatrical and social history, and a journey across its landscape is one of constant delight and illumination'

Sir Richard Eyre, "Financial Times," Books of the Year

'The theme of this wonderfully written, diverse book is diversity itself, and the range of the essays serves only to confirm the disparate nature of Shakespeare's achievement'

Peter Ackroyd, "The Times "

'The liveliest and most intelligent general book on Shakespeare I have read for a long time'

John Gross, "Sunday Telegraph," Books of the Year

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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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User Review  - Paul Gallear - Goodreads

A book I've been meaning to read since university. Scholarly, well thought-out and definitely worth a look for any Shakespeare fans or even naysayers. Read full review


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About the author (2008)

Jonathan Bate was born June 26, 1958. He is a British biographer, broadcaster, and leading Shakespeare scholar. He studied at Sevenoaks School, the University of Cambridge, and Harvard University. At Cambridge, he was a Fellow of Trinity Hall. While studying at Harvard, he held a Harness Fellowship. Bate is a professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at the University of Warwick. He was previously King Alfred Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool. He has also lectured at various universities in the United States. Bate is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature. Bate lives near Stratford-upon-Avon and is married to author and biography, Paula Byrne. They have three children.

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