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Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
Author: Stephen Greenblatt Ph.D.
ISBN 13: 9780393050578
ISBN 10: 393050572
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 2004-09-17
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 386
List Price: $27.95

"So engrossing, clearheaded, and lucid that its arrival is not just welcome but cause for celebration."—Dan Cryer, Newsday

The New York Times - Michiko Kakutani

There are no obscure invocations of the French philosopher Michel Foucault in these pages, no pseudo-Marxist readings of Shakespeare's plays. Instead, in the opening sections of this book, Mr. Greenblatt succinctly and vividly conjures up the Elizabethan world in which young Will came of age, showing how the religious and political upheavals of the day, as well as contemporaneous aesthetic conventions, shaped his sensibility and his work.