Shakespeare and Co.: Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher and the Other Players in His Story

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 19, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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From the dean of Shakespeare studies comes a lively, entertaining work of biography that firmly locates Shakespeare within the hectic, exilarating world in which he lived and worked.Theatre in Shakespeare's day was a growth industry. Everyone knew everyone else, and they all sought to learn, borrow, or steal from one another. Stanley Wells explores the theatre world from behind the scenes, examining how the great actors of the time influenced Shakespeare's work. He writes about the lives and works of the other major writers of the day and discusses Shakespeare's relationships-sometimes collaborative—with each of them. Throughout, Wells shares his vast knowledge of the period, re-creating and celebrating the sheer richness and variety of the social and cultural milieus that gave rise to the greatest writer in our language.

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Enjoyable, lively such a pleasure to read renders the drama of Shakespeare s contemporaries more than fringe entertainment Independent Shakespeare is one of the greatest of all English figures ... Read full review

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Given their canonical status, it is sometimes easy to forget that Shakespeare's plays do not exist in a vacuum. Rather, as Wells (Shakespeare studies, emeritus, Univ. of Birmingham), general editor of ... Read full review


The Theatrical Scene i
William Shakespeare and the Actors
Christopher Marlowe and Shakespeares
Thomas Dekker and London
Ben Jonson
Thomas Middleton and Shakespeare
John Fletcher
John Webster
Documents 233
Index 161

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Stanley Wells is the author of Shakespeare: For All Time, chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Birmingham, general editor of the Penguin and Oxford editions of Shakespeare's works and co-editor of The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare. He lieves in England.

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