1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

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How did Shakespeare go 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 saw and who he worked with as he invests in the new Globe theatre and creates four of his most famous plays - Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and, most remarkably, Hamlet.

This book brings the news, intrigue and flavour of the times together with wonderful detail about how Shakespeare worked as an actor, businessman and playwright, to create an exceptionally immediate and gripping account of an inspiring moment in history
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 130 x 200 x 30mm | 378g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • Illustrations, maps, ports.,
  • 0571214819
  • 9780571214815
  • 36,172

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"'One of the few genuinely original biographies of Shakespeare.' Jonathan Bate, Sunday Telegraph"
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About James Shapiro

James Shapiro, who teaches English at Columbia University in New York, is author of several books, including 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (winner of the BBC4 Samuel Johnson Prize in 2006), as well as Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? He also serves on the Board of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
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