The genius of Shakespeare

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Picador, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 386 pages
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This is a new kind of biography: a biography of Shakespeare's talent and reputation beyond the limits of his actual life. Part One explores the origins of his works, while Part Two traces their effects on succeeding generations. Never before has a single book combined new readings of Shakespeare's best-known plays with an authoritative summation of the authorship question, speculation on the biographical origin of the sonnets, and a history of how Shakespeare became an inspiration to later artists and a poet of international renown.

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User Review  - John Fredrickson - Goodreads

This is an amazing book. It is not a particularly easy read, and was not what I was anticipating (I was expecting a book that explored the techniques, art, humor of Shakespeare). Mr Bate traces the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Adam Morris - Goodreads

Need to read this more than once - chock full of information like an Elizabethan wholemeal loaf... Read full review


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About the author (1997)

Jonathan Bate is Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at the University of Warwick. He has held visiting posts at Harvard, Yale, and UCLA and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and
a Governor and Board member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. In June 2006 he was awarded a CBE in the Queen's 80th Birthday Honors.

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