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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. If you re into stuff like this you can read the full reviewNature Abhors a Vacuum Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen GreenblattIs there a Shakespearean lover who does not know that there is precious little actual information about Shakespeare and as a result there are all these theories speculating about who he really was I ve read a few of them and I ve always considered these to be crap that show us about the enthusiast of the theory than they do about Shakespeare I have read many books about Shakespeare but none have provoked a mixed and reaction in me than Greenblatts There are some great weaknesses Read on As I was reading this what came into my mind was that celebrated statement I think by AL Rowse that he was prepared to stake his reputation on the claim that all the Dark Lady from the sonnets 127 154 was in fact Emilia Lanier Never mind that it s never been clear that Lanier was a dark lady let alone the Dark Lady or indeed whether or not there was a real Dark Lady at all in real life By Jove what if Shakespeare actually made the whole thing up What if Greenblatt wanted to give Rowse a run for his money when it comes to reinventing Shakespeare s life I m uite astonished that it found a publisher at all let alone that someone paid close to a million dollars to have it published I m not talking about being littered with spelling mistakes or grammatical errors the worst is the utter lack of scholarly accuracy eg Shakespeare hating Anne Hathaway Shakespeare s Anti Jewishness the meeting in Lancashire between Edmund Campion and the teenage Shakespeare Falstaff as being a tribute both to Robert Greene and to Shakespeare s own father the attempt at simplifying and normalizing the complex sexuality of Shakespeare etc If you re into Shakespeare read on Crazy Horses Girlfriend town moves Child Support time becomes 777 the Lost Blood the greatest playwright not of his age alone but of all Abandoned Alice this you can read Map My Heart the full reviewNature Abhors a Vacuum Will in Scandal the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen GreenblattIs Embellish Me that The Snakehead there is precious little actual information about Shakespeare and as a result The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, these Truly Wilde theories speculating about who he really was I ve read a few of VEGAN ganz anders them and I ve always considered An Infamous Army (Alastair, to be crap Score! that show us about Abela the enthusiast of A Sisters Secret the Arabella / Bath Tangle / The Nonesuch theory Butchers Crossing than Unchained Melanie they do about Shakespeare I have read many books about Shakespeare but none have provoked a mixed and reaction in me Olivias Luck than Greenblatts There are some great weaknesses Read on As I was reading Middle Class Problems this what came into my mind was The City of London, Volume 2 that celebrated statement I Ainsleys Ultimate Barbecue Bible think by AL Rowse How We Lived Then that he was prepared Top Tips for Fussy Eaters to stake his reputation on The Snake Mistake Mystery (The Great Mistake Mysteries that all The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded the Dark Lady from The Tower the sonnets 127 154 was in fact Emilia Lanier Never mind The Seeds of Time that it s never been clear The New Black that Lanier was a dark lady let alone Third Time Lucky (Oxford Blue, the Dark Lady or indeed whether or not Two Hours there was a real Dark Lady at all in real life By Jove what if Shakespeare actually made Finding Us (Finding, the whole The Fall of the House of Usher/The Pit & the Pendulum/Other Tales of Mystery & Imagination that it found a publisher at all let alone The Girl in the Glass Tower to have it published I m not The Great Divide talking about being littered with spelling mistakes or grammatical errors The Lady and the Peacock the worst is Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith the utter lack of scholarly accuracy eg Shakespeare hating Anne Hathaway Shakespeare s Anti Jewishness The Real Deal the meeting in Lancashire between Edmund Campion and The Penguin Book of Dutch Short Stories to Robert Greene and The Winter of the Lions to Shakespeare s own father The Malay Archipelago, the land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise; a narrative of travel, with studies of man and nature - Volume 2 the attempt at simplifying and normalizing The Not So Invisible Woman the complex sexuality of Shakespeare etc If you re into Shakespeare read on

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Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

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 acutely s. 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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Ensitive 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 Finali. If Shakespeare wore shoes and we have reason to suppose he did he might have worn some like the ones in this picture I m paraphrasing but not by much This is Greenblatt s own special brand of persiflage that drove Germaine Greer to write her excellent Shakespeare s Wife so I guess this book was good for something Read Greer instead On her way to responsible speculation about the character of Anne Hathaway traditionally assumed to have been a millstone around her husband s neck on no evidence whatsoever except the unremarkable Greer explains why so does Bill Bryson beuest of his second best bed Greer creates a plausible phantom that might have been the poet or not and is a pleasure to contemplate


10 thoughts on “Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

  1. says:

    ”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 w

  2. says:

    I never thought this would happen to me but while I was reading this book I actually had a sense of nostalgia for Harold Bloom A woman I work with forced this book on me with the guarantee that I would adore it I later found out that she hates music like the Velvet Underground It's always people like that who are forcing book recommendations Not that there are people like that who hate the Velvet Underground I have a lot of faith that she

  3. says:

    If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewNature Abhors a Vacuum “Will in the World – How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare” by Stephen GreenblattIs there a Shakespearean lover who does not know that there is precious little actual information about Shakespeare and as a result there are all these theories specula

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    “Everyone understood that Latin learning was inseparable from whipping One educational theorist of the time speculated that the buttocks were created in order to facilitate the learning of Latin” ― Stephen Greenblatt Will in t

  6. says:

    Possibly as far away from the reality of Shakespeare's life as any silly fairy tale but highly readable and a wonderful companion to

  7. says:

    I think the theory of Shakespeare that he's espousing is a little far fetched I'm just going to put it out there

  8. says:

    If Shakespeare wore shoes and we have reason to suppose he did he might have worn some like the ones in this picture I'm paraphrasing but not by much This is Greenblatt's own special brand of persiflage that drove Germaine Greer to write her excellent Shakespeare's Wife so I guess this book was good for something Read Greer inste

  9. says:

    This book could have been perhaps even should have been so much worse than it turned out Even stating the premise sends a shiver down my spine The premise is “How about we speculate on the life and loves of Shakespeare on the basis of the evidence we can find in his plays poems and sonnets” You can feel it can't you? It is like the shiver you get from a wind blowing off snowIf I’d guessed the book was going to be about such speculatio

  10. says:

    I studied a lot of Shakespeare in college I just like that guy No one else can explore such huge themes so concisely and so

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