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The Genius of Shakespeare by Jonathan Bate
  

The Genius of Shakespeare

Part of the Picador Classic Series

Synopsis

The Genius of Shakespeare by Jonathan Bate

With an introduction by Simon CallowJudgements about the quality of works of art begin in opinion. But for the last two hundred years only the wilfully perverse (and Tolstoy) have denied the validity of the opinion that Shakespeare was a genius.Who was Shakespeare? Why has his writing endured? And what makes it so endlessly adaptable to different times and cultures? Exploring Shakespeare's life, including questions of authorship and autobiography, and charting how his legacy has grown over the centuries, this extraordinary book asks how Shakespeare has come to be such a powerful symbol of genius.Written with lively passion and wit, The Genius of Shakespeare is a fascinating biography of the life - and afterlife - of our greatest poet. Jonathan Bate, one of the world's leading Shakespearean scholars, has shown how the legend of Shakespeare's genius was created and sustained, and how the man himself became a truly global phenomenon.'The best modern book on Shakespeare' Sir Peter Hall

Reviews

`The best book about Shakespeare for a generation
Philip Howard, The Times

`As brilliant an account of the Bard's iconic universality as you could hope to find
Michael Billington, Guardian

`Absolutely dazzling - illuminates the whole man and the influence he has in our lives
Simon Callow, Sunday Express

`Occupies the territory of biography, literary criticism, theatrical and social history, and a journey across its landscape is one of constant delight and illumination
Sir Richard Eyre, Financial Times, Books of the Year

`The theme of this wonderfully written, diverse book is diversity itself, and the range of the essays serves only to confirm the disparate nature of Shakespeare's achievement
Peter Ackroyd, The Times

`The liveliest and most intelligent general book on Shakespeare I have read for a long time
John Gross, Sunday Telegraph, Books of the Year Ambitious, exceptionally well informed and immensely engaging

. . . Bate writes with unflagging energy, intelligence, with and enthusiasm * Daily Telegraph *


About the Author

Sir Jonathan Bate is Provost of Worcester College and Professor of English Literature at Oxford University. He is Vice-President of the British Academy, a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and was a 2014 judge for the Man Booker Prize. His biography of John Clare (a poet who was a key influence on Ted Hughes) was short-listed for seven literary prizes and won three of them, including Britain's two oldest literary awards, the James Tait Black Prize for Biography and the Hawthornden Prize (which Hughes won for Lupercal). Soul of the Age, his intellectual biography of Shakespeare, was runner up for the Biography Prize of American PEN. He has also published on the influence of the classics ('Shakespeare and Ovid'), on Wordsworth ('Romantic Ecology') and the poetry of nature ('The Song of the Earth'), and has worked in the theatre ('Being Shakespeare: A One-Man Play' for Simon Callow), all of which were Hughesian obsessions.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th April 2016

Author

Jonathan Bate

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Publisher

Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Shakespeare studies & criticism
Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
Biography: literary

ISBN

9781509822546

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