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1599 A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare by James Shapiro
  

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Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2006.

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.

Synopsis

1599 A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare by James Shapiro

This work presents an intimate history of Shakespeare, following him through a single year that changed not only his fortunes, but the course of literature. 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.

Reviews

'One of the few genuinely original biographies of Shakespeare.'
Jonathan Bate, Sunday Telegraph

About the Author

Professor James Shapiro, who teaches at Columbia University in New York, is the author of Rival Playwrights, Shakespeare and the Jews, and Oberammergau: The Troubling Story of the World's Most Famous Passion Play. 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare won the BBC FOUR Samuel Johnson Prize in 2006.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th April 2006

Author

James Shapiro

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Author's Website

www.jamesshapiro.net/

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Publisher

Faber & Faber

Format

Paperback
464 pages

Categories

History
Biography / Autobiography
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Biography: literary
Shakespeare studies & criticism

ISBN

9780571214815

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