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Will in the World : How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

Stephen Greenblatt (Author)
This volume is a biography on English poet and playwright, William Shakespeare. Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. In this work, the author attempts to provide a vivid and plausible version of the undocumented areas of Shakespeare's life. The author intends to demonstrate how an acutely sensitive and talented boy -- surrounded by the rich tapestry of Elizabethan life, full of drama and pageantry, and also cruelty and danger -- could have become the world's greatest playwright. He brings together little-known historical facts and little-noticed elements of Shakespeare's plays and makes connections between Shakespeare's life and his works
Print Book, English, 2004
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W.W. Norton, New York, 2004
430 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
9780393050578, 9780393928808, 9780393327373, 0393050572, 0393928802, 039332737X
A Note to the Reader17
CHAPTER 1: Primal Scenes23
CHAPTER 2: The Dream of Restoration54
CHAPTER 3: The Great Fear87
CHAPTER 4: Wooing, Wedding, and Repenting118
CHAPTER 5: Crossing the Bridge149
CHAPTER 6: Life in the Suburbs175
CHAPTER 7: Shakescene199
CHAPTER 8: Master-Mistress226
CHAPTER 9: Laughter at the Scaffold256
CHAPTER 10: Speaking with the Dead288
CHAPTER 11: Bewitching the King323
CHAPTER 12: The Triumph of the Everyday356
Bibliographical Notes391
Booknotes episode and transcript Program air date: November 14, 2004 View Verna F. Ritchie giftplate