A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (Google eBook)
1599 was an epochal year for Shakespeare and England
Shakespeare wrote four of his most famous plays: Henry the Fifth, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and, most remarkably, Hamlet; Elizabethans sent off an army to crush an Irish rebellion, weathered an Armada threat from Spain, gambled on a fledgling East India Company, and waited to see who would succeed their aging and childless queen.
James Shapiro illuminates both Shakespeare’s staggering achievement and what Elizabethans experienced in the course of 1599, bringing together the news and the intrigue of the times with a wonderful evocation of how Shakespeare worked as an actor, businessman, and playwright. The result is an exceptionally immediate and gripping account of an inspiring moment in history.
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A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599User 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: 1599User Review - Susan - Goodreads
I love Shakespeare and am not an anti-Avonian. I started reading this book as a birthday present to me and I am glad that I did. I am absolutely agog over the brilliance of James Shapiro. Granted ... Read full review