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Of all time How is an achievement of this magnitude to be explained How did Shakespeare become Shakespeare Stephen Greenblatt brings us down to earth to see hear and feel how an acut. As any fule kno 'twas Ben Jonson who famously said of his friend Mr William Shakespeare that he was not of an age but for all time Which bon mot is trotted out regularly not least by yours truly when guiding German high school students through the vagaries of Macbeth after all you have to try to persuade them that the fate of an eleventh century Scottish king could possibly have some relevance to a twenty first century audience So what do you do Well you emphasise the universal of course The Big Themes Ambition Fate Remorse Nihilism Self fulfilling prophecies irony how far are we masters of our own fate and how far are we puppets in the hands of forces beyond our control The Nature of Evil Is Lady Macbeth in cahoots with the Weird Sisters Or does her evil spring from her own foul natureWhat distinguished Harvard Professor Greenblatt does here is to take Mr William Shakespeare out of that bubble out of that vacuum of universal truth He draws our national poet down down from the cloudy heights of universal genius and plants him firmly back on the ground in his time Of an ageThis is not to diminish Shakespeare in any way this New Historicism or whatever fancy label you want to stick on Professor Greenblatt's magnificent work does not reduce Shakespeare's opus but rather opens up rich new seams of interpretation Examining the swirling currents that stormed around the restless genius the paranoia about plots to murder good ueen Bess the risks of recusancy the recklessness of his rivals the innovations in theatrical design the Scottish King's troubled relationship with witches to mention but a few Prof Greenblatt then traces how they are reflected in Shakespeare's work Under any other circumstances I would be feeling ueasy at the very suggestion that we can or ever should read the man through the fictional work he produced But Professor Greenblatt has such a depth of knowledge both of the age and of Shakespeare's work and what's such a seductively supple sinuous style that any tendency to carp at the many speculative maybes and perhapses and it's possible thats and of course we can't knows was soon banished lost in the warm flow of seamlessly informative elegantly phrased argumentation I was utterly convinced in particular for example by the best reasoning I have ever read as to why Mr WS should have written sonnets urging the Earl of Southampton to fulfil the destiny of his own incredible beauty by passing it on to the next generation This was the perfect antidote to the emptiness and melancholy left at the departure of the near and dear travelling back to their home that is than 6000 kilometres and five time zones away Trouble is I've finished it What now The Swerve How the World Became Modern a fortiori now that I have experienced such an engrossing bath of warm light that does not dazzle but glows

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Will in the World How Shakespeare Became ShakespeareEly sensitive and talented boy surrounded by the rich tapestry of Elizabethan life could have become the world's greatest playwright A Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Finalist. I think the theory of Shakespeare that he's espousing is a little far fetched I'm just going to put it out there The way he gets from argument to argument is 'well this probably didn't happen but what if it did then this would be true' and then he'll go on to spout some historical facts that would then fall into place of that was true So as an academic argument I don't find this book particularly strongHowever There is a lot of information here about the life of Shakespeare presented in a readable enjoyable intriguing format I am in favor of anything that gets people reading Shakespeare I got through it in a week very easily Logical flaws aside it does make for interesting reading Even if it doesn't convince you of the truth I really enjoyed going through it It helped me to formulate some of my own ideas about the effect of Shakespeare's life on his writings There are a few minor ideas presented that I found intriguing as well If you like 'what if' books historical fiction or you're into shakespeare this book is for you

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Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare Free read ☆ 104 ó [Download] ✤ Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare By Stephen Greenblatt – Helpyouantib.co.uk A young man from a small provincial town moves to London in the late 1580s and in a remarkably short time becomes the gA young man from a small provincial town the World PDFEPUB #188 moves to London in the late s and in a remarkably short time becomes the greatest playwright not of his age alone but. ”To understand who Shakespeare was it is important to follow the verbal traces he left behind back into the life he lived and into the world to which he was so open And to understand how Shakespeare used his imagination to transform his life into his art it is important to use our own imagination” There is no doubt he is an enigma a man who uite possibly has had the greatest influence on the English language and yet strangely enough left very little personal correspondence behind It does seem like a man so gifted with words would have left behind mounds of letters diaries and journals If they did exist they are long gone burned or buried or wrapped around a fish for a servant girl or used to make bindings for books It is interesting to think of a Shakespeare letter bound up in a book that is valued at a fraction of what his handwriting hidden in the binding would be worth It is as if Shakespeare erased himself leaving only his monumental plays behind He married young too young to a much older woman It was not a happy marriage from what we know Much has been made of him leaving her the second best bed in his will He had three children Susanna Hamnet and Judith The later two were twins Hamnet died at eleven Hamnet Hamlet uite possibly that play is the greatest ode ever written to a lost son Like all of the various aspects of life that Shakespeare observed or experienced even the untimely and devastating death of his son all of it every scrap of it contributed and influenced the stories the bard decided to tell Would Hamnet have grown up to be as tortured as Hamlet”He heard things in the sounds of words that others did not hear; he made connections that others did not make; and he was flooded with a pleasure all his own”I can only imagine the frustration that he must have felt being trapped in a marriage with a woman who could not even read the words he wrote He left his family in Stratford while he went to London to be an actor Some things can not be denied and words must have been bubbling up in him like an overheated cauldron Christopher Marlowe was born in the same year as Shakespeare He was college educated though his degree seems to have been obtained with some help from Sir Francis Walsingham He had everything that Shakespeare wanted an education debonair good looks and a genius for playwriting As it turned out Shakespeare had the most important one of the three Marlowe’s influence on Shakespeare was profound ”Marlowe was the only one of the university wits whose talent Shakespeare might have seriously envied whose aesthetic judgment he might have feared whose admiration he might have earnestly wanted to win and whose achievements he certainly attempted to eual and outdo” I do wonder what would have happened if Marlowe had lived another ten to twenty years Would Shakespeare have become Shakespeare Would he have conceded the field to Marlowe Would the competition have made him an even better playwright I have to believe it was lucky for Shakespeare that Marlowe exited life at the tender age of 29 I certainly wouldn’t like to take a chance with an alternative history Christopher MarloweRobert Greene a fellow scribbler called Shakespeare the ”upstart crow” which gives us an idea of an ambitious young man shouldering his way to the top He took off like a bolt of lightning writing plays that had his competitors dumbfounded and had his audiences awestruck Stephen Greenblatt did not directly talk about the speculation that has swirled around Shakespeare for several hundred years but the entire book could be considered an attempt to refutiate any thoughts that Shakespeare was merely a beard for someone else Societies to support one or another claimant have been created by people who are positive that Francis Bacon Christopher Marlowe or Edward de Vere 17th Earl of Oxford were the true authors of Shakespeare’s plays Marlowe was a trickster a spy a counterfeiter but it would still be uite the clever prank to become Shakespeare with a dagger protruding from his eye All three of the leading candidates to be “the true Shakespeare” are brilliant fascinating men in their own right They are famous without being Shakespeare The odor lingering in the air like the dog fart smell that comes from that fat slobbering pug at Grandmother’s house is the most foul stench of people who can’t believe that an undereducated lad from Stratford could write these plays He has been weighed and measured and found wanting They are of course forgetting about one thing Exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural abilitysynonymsbrilliance intelligence intellect ability cleverness brains eruditionwisdom fine mind; artistry flairthe world knew of his geniustalent gift flair aptitude facility knack bent ability expertisecapacity faculty;strength forte brilliance skill artistry Okay I’m going to name the white elephant in the room HE WAS A GENIUS Maybe he didn’t have the most perfect credentials to become SHAKESPEARE but he had the right brain He remembered everything he saw and heard and he was able to bring it all together and use it to make his stories than what anyone had ever experienced before They were authentic personal and incorporated new concepts that made the audience feel like they knew the characters in the same way they knew the pretty girl next door or their own grandfather or the smiling butcher down the street He placed his audience in the playsHe changed the world and with every new generation he continues to influence teach and elevate He left his family because “there was something important within him” What a tragedy it would have been if he had stayed in Stratford due to familial obligations He might have been a glover like his father He might have lived on the verge of bankruptcy his whole life like his father He might have strangled his wife and hanged He would have been a miserable unfulfilled man nagged by a voice a muse unused who would whisper words of encouragement until the bitter end Unlike his generation of writers he was frugal with his money in London and invested wisely in real estate I too dabble in real estate so I always find it fascinating to read about his purchases and the sometimes convoluted ways the mortgage notes are written He bought his dream home in Stratford a house called New Place with room for an expansive garden and a guest cottage He died in 1616 only a few years after retiring completely from the stage It was as if he’d strayed too far from what had always sustained him New Place StratfordThough there is too little known about Shakespeare Stephen Greenblatt has written a very readable evaluation that examines what we know about the man and what we know about the times Greenblatt convinced me that the clues to knowing Shakespeare are all there to be found coming from the lips of his greatest characters If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at