The Genius of Shakespeare
Hailed as the best book on Shakespeare for a generation (Philip Howard, The Times), as luminous...lively and stimulating to the last (John Gross, Sunday Telegraph), and as shrewd, nimbly written...splendidly readable (Terry Eagleton, The Independent), Jonathan Bate's The Genius of Shakespeare illuminates the extraordinary staying power of Shakespeare's work. Bate opens by taking up questions of authorship and then 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 Shakespeare is also lively and accessibly written and will appeal to any reader who has marveled at the Bard and the enduring power of his work. This tenth anniversary edition has a new introduction addressing the renewed interest in Shakespeare and recent film adaptations.