(The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare, 9789380914831)
A young man from a small provincial town moves to London in the late 1580s and, in a remarkably short time, becomes the greatest playwright not of his age alone but of all time. How is an achievement of this magnitude to be explained? Stephen Greenblatt brings us down to earth to see, hear, and feel how an acutely sensitive and talented boy, surrounded by the rich tapestry of Elizabethan life, could have become the world’s greatest playwright.
Was a real skull used in the first performance of Hamlet? WereShakespeare's plays Elizabethan blockbusters? How much do we reallyknow about the playwright's life? And what of his notoriousrelationship with his wife? Exploring and exploding 30 popularmyths about the great playwright, this illuminating new bookevaluates all the evidence to show how historical material—orits absence—can be interpreted and misinterpreted, and whatthis reveals about our own personal investment in the stories wetell.