The Genius of Shakespeare

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Pan Macmillan, 2008 - Authors, English - 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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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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Jonathan Bate is Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at the University of Warwick and on the Board of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is the editor of the highly acclaimed RSC Shakespeare: Complete Works (Macmillan) and the author of many books, including John Clare: A Biography (Picador). He was made CBE in the Queen‚e(tm)s 80th birthday honours, for his services to literature and higher education.

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