Will In The World
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Sarah Broadhurst's view...
This is quite a book. It’s a very human look at Shakespeare and how he developed within the context of his time. It is extremely readable and very highly praised. Stephen Greenblatt is widely acknowledged as the greatest Shakespearean scholar in the world and he is American! Perhaps that has helped him to stand back and then look in so deeply.
Will In The World by Stephen Greenblatt
The theatre for which Shakespeare wrote and acted was a cut-throat commercial entertainment industry. Yet his plays were also intensely alert to the social and political realities of their times. Shakespeare had to make concessions to the commercial world, for the theatre company in which he was a shareholder had to draw some 1,500 to 2,000 paying customers a day into the round wooden walls of the playhouse to stay afloat and competition from rival companies was fierce. The key was not so much topicality - with government censorship and with repertory companies recycling the same scripts for years. Instead, Shakespeare had to engage with the deepest desires and fears of his audience. Will in the World is about an amazing success story that has resisted explanation: it aims to be the first fully satisfying account of Shakespeare's character and the blossoming of his talent. There have, of course, been many biographies of Shakespeare. The problem each one faces is the thin amount of material surrounding his life. They lead us through the available traces but leave us no closer to understanding how the playwright's astonishing achievements came about. The real-world sources of Shakespeare's language - of his fantasies, passions, fears, and desires - lie outside the scope of these earlier books. Will in the World will set out to recover the links between Shakespeare and his world and with them to construct a full and vital portrait of the man. Its purpose is to know the magician himself, as well as his magic tricks, and to experience the touch of the real. It is a journey that centres on the perils and pleasures of Shakespeare's unfolding imaginative generosity - his ability to enter into others, to confer upon them his own strength of spirit, to make them live and breathe as independent beings as no other artist who ever lived has done.
ReviewsRiveting Independent 20050618 This compulsively readable and deeply imaginative book represents the most sympathetic investigation yet made into the ways in which Shakespeare's life experiences inform his writings -- Stanley Wells Greenblatt's book is full of longing, a love letter to a man we will never know. It's a wonderful piece of work -- Simon Russell Beale Thought-provoking...full of unexpected touches...beautifully written -- Andrew Marr Daily Telegraph Really gives one a sense of being in touch with the man. Greenblatt's knowledge of the plays and the times is encyclopaedic -- Humphrey Carpenter Sunday Times
About the Author
Publication date2nd June 2005
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CategoriesShakespeare studies & criticism
Biography: historical, political & military
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