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Shapiro, James 1955-

Overview
Works: 52 works in 243 publications in 3 languages and 15,043 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  Exhibition catalogs  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Historical television programs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor, Interviewee, Collector
Classifications: PR2907, 822.33
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about James Shapiro
 
Most widely held works by James Shapiro
Contested Will : who wrote Shakespeare? by James Shapiro( Book )

27 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro explains when and why so many people began to question whether Shakespeare wrote his plays
A year in the life of William Shakespeare, 1599 by James Shapiro( Book )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 1,998 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An intimate history of Shakespeare, following him through a single year--1599--that changed not only his fortunes but the course of literature. How was Shakespeare transformed from being a talented poet and playwright to become one of the greatest writers who ever lived? In this one exhilarating year we follow what he reads and writes, what he sees, and whom he works with as he invests in the new Globe Theatre and creates four of his most famous plays--Henry the Fifth, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and, most remarkably, Hamlet. Shapiro illuminates both Shakespeare's staggering achievement and what Elizabethans experienced in the course of 1599: sending off an army to crush an Irish rebellion, weathering an Armada threat from Spain, gambling on the fledgling East India Company, and waiting to see who would succeed their aging and childless queen.--From publisher description
Shakespeare and the Jews by James Shapiro( Book )

25 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in English and held by 1,237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Going against the grain of the dominant scholarship on the period, which generally ignores the impact of Jewish questions in early modern England, James Shapiro shows how Elizabethans imagined Jews to be utterly different from themselves - in religion, race, nationality, and even sexuality. From strange cases of Christians masquerading as Jews to bizarre proposals to settle foreign Jews in Ireland, Shakespeare and the Jews looks into the crisis of cultural identity in that post-Reformation world. Even as Shakespeare has come to embody Englishness itself, The Merchant of Venice, with its exploration of Jewish criminality, conversion, race, alien status, and national identity, now stands at the crossroads of cultural exclusion and cultural longing. In this formidably researched new book, Shapiro sheds fascinating light on the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries and opens new questions about culture and identity in Elizabethan England
The Columbia history of British poetry by Carl Woodring( Book )

14 editions published between 1993 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Year of Lear : Shakespeare in 1606 by James Shapiro( Book )

11 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and Spanish and held by 1,102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Preeminent Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro shows how the tumultuous events in England in 1606 affected Shakespeare and shaped the three great tragedies he wrote that year--King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra. In the years leading up to 1606, since the death of Queen Elizabeth and the arrival in England of her successor, King James of Scotland, Shakespeare's great productivity had ebbed, and it may have seemed to some that his prolific genius was a thing of the past. But that year, at age forty-two, he found his footing again, finishing a play he had begun the previous autumn--King Lear--then writing two other great tragedies, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. It was a memorable year in England as well--and a grim one, in the aftermath of a terrorist plot conceived by a small group of Catholic gentry that had been uncovered at the last hour. The foiled Gunpowder Plot would have blown up the king and royal family along with the nation's political and religious leadership. The aborted plot renewed anti-Catholic sentiment and laid bare divisions in the kingdom. It was against this background that Shakespeare finished Lear, a play about a divided kingdom, then wrote a tragedy that turned on the murder of a Scottish king, Macbeth. He ended this astonishing year with a third masterpiece no less steeped in current events and concerns: Antony and Cleopatra. The Year of Lear sheds light on these three great tragedies by placing them in the context of their times, while also allowing us greater insight into how Shakespeare was personally touched by such events as a terrible outbreak of plague and growing religious divisions. For anyone interested in Shakespeare, this is an indispensable book"--
Oberammergau : the troubling story of the world's most famous passion play by James Shapiro( Book )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 963 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Discusses the traditions and troubles of Oberammergau, from the legendary origins of its Passion play in the seventeenth century to the villagers' current and ambivalent efforts to rid their play of anti-Semitism, a charge that has stuck ever since Adolf Hitler praised its portrayal."--Jacket
The Columbia anthology of British poetry( Book )

8 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 942 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compendium of British verse from Old and Middle English to the present, including the best work of poets from every corner of the British Isles, this work offers the most up-to-date and comprehensive single volume available. Unencumbered by extensive notes that divert attention from the spirit of the verse, this book allows the readers to discover the poems for themselves
Shakespeare in America : an anthology from the Revolution to now( Book )

7 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 933 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This anthology traces the surprising story of how Americans made Shakespeare their own through a wide range of genres. The writers included range from the 1800s to the present day, and offer testimony to Shakespeare's profound and enduring influence
Rival playwrights : Marlowe, Jonson, Shakespeare by James Shapiro( Book )

10 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Searching for Shakespeare by Tarnya Cooper( Book )

7 editions published in 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Investigates the authenticity of the Chandos portrait and five others as true likenesses of playwright William Shakespeare, and explores Shakespeare's life and world, presenting and describing individual costumes, theater models, manuscripts, and maps from his time as well as portraits of his contemporaries
1599 : a year in the life of William Shakespeare by James Shapiro( Book )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here is an intimate history of Shakespeare, following him through a single year that changed not only his fortunes but the course of literature as we know it
A year in the life of William Shakespeare, 1599 by James Shapiro( Recording )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biography of William Shakespeare for the year 1599
Shakespeare : the king's man( Visual )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this BBC series, American scholar James Shapiro examines the plays Shakespeare wrote during the turbulent reign of Elizabeth's successor, King James I. One of the new king's first official acts was to name Shakespeare a king's man. Shapiro convincingly argues that the dark, complex plays of Shakespeare's last decade-King Lear, Macbeth, and The Tempest, among others-mirrored both royal life and the era's profound social changes
Contested Will : who wrote Shakespeare? by James Shapiro( Recording )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro explains when and why so many people began to question whether Shakespeare wrote his plays
1606 : William Shakespeare and the year of Lear by James Shapiro( Book )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An intimate portrait of one of Shakespeare's most inspired moments: the year of King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. 1606, while a very good year for Shakespeare, is a fraught one for England. Plague returns. There is surprising resistance to the new king's desire to turn England and Scotland into a united Britain. And fear and uncertainty sweep the land and expose deep divisions in the aftermath of the failed terrorist attack that came to be known as the Gunpowder Plot. James Shapiro deftly demonstrates how these extraordinary plays responded to the tumultuous events of this year, events that in unexpected ways touched upon Shakespeare's own life ... [and] profoundly changes and enriches our experience of his plays--Publisher's description
The year of Lear : Shakespeare in 1606 by James Shapiro( Recording )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the years leading up to 1606, since the death of Queen Elizabeth and the arrival in England of her successor, King James of Scotland, Shakespeare's great productivity had ebbed, and it may have seemed to some that his prolific genius was a thing of the past. But that year, at age forty-two, he found his footing again, finishing a play he had begun the previous autumn 'King Lear' then writing two other great tragedies, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. James Shapiro sheds light on these three great tragedies by placing them in the context of their times, while also allowing listeners greater insight into how Shakespeare was personally touched by such events as a terrible outbreak of plague and growing religious divisions
1606 : Shakespeare and the year of Lear by James Shapiro( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare turned 42 in 1606. He had written more plays and had been writing plays for longer than any other dramatist in England. Twenty-nine comedies, histories, and tragedies and all of his sonnets and poems were behind him. But there was much more to come. 1606 would witness another of Shakespeare's great creative outbursts, for during these turbulent months, when England was suffering from an outbreak of plague and feeling the aftershocks of the infamous Gunpowder plot, he would write three of his most remarkable tragedies: King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra. This book is about that year. The Year of Lear traces Shakespeare's life and work from the autumn of 1605, when he came upon an old and anonymous play - The True Chronicle History of King Leir - in one of the bookstalls near his Silver Street lodgings. From there, he traces the story's shocking and brilliant transformation into King Lear as we know it - and then to Macbeth, written in a white heat in the tumultuous spring of 1606. For most authors, writing and revising Lear, then rapidly composing Macbeth, would have been a lifetime's accomplishment. But Shapiro's new book goes on to explore how, with the theatres closed indefinitely for plague in autumn 1606, and with time on his hands, Shakespeare began a third great tragedy, Antony and Cleopatra. Never before, and never again, would Shakespeare's plays explore so relentlessly the problems of aging, of losing authority, and of mortality. Following the biographical style of 1599, a way of thinking and writing that Shapiro has made his own, The Year of Lear promises to be one of the most significant and accessible new works on Shakespeare in the decade to come
Bist Du der König der Juden? : die Passionsspiele in Oberammergau by James Shapiro( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in German and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1606 by James Shapiro( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This title traces Shakespeare's life and work from the autumn of 1605, when the author came upon an old and anonymous play - 'The True Chronicle History of King Leir' - in one of the bookstalls near his Silver Street lodgings. From there, the author traces the story's transformation into 'King Lear' as we know it - and then to 'Macbeth', written in 1606
Shakespeare : the king's man( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this landmark reassessment of the first Jacobean decade and Shakespeare's career, the leading American scholar James Shapiro, brings back to life a strangely neglected period in Britain's cultural and political history and reveals Shakespeare as its brightest star, his works providing the keenest of insights into this moment
 
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James S. Shapiro American academic and author

James S. Shapiro Amerikaans literatuurhistoricus

James S. Shapiro Professor of English and Comparative Literature

James S. Shapiro US-amerikanischer Anglist

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A year in the life of William Shakespeare, 1599Shakespeare and the JewsThe Columbia history of British poetryOberammergau : the troubling story of the world's most famous passion playThe Columbia anthology of British poetrySearching for Shakespeare1599 : a year in the life of William ShakespeareA year in the life of William Shakespeare, 1599Contested Will : who wrote Shakespeare?