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Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

How is an achievement of this magnitude to be explained How did Shakespeare become Shakespeare Stephen Greenblatt brings us down to earth to see hear and feel how an acutely s As any fule kno twas Ben Jonson who famously said of his friend Mr William Shakespeare that he was not of an age but for all time Which bon mot is trotted out regularly not least by yours truly when guiding German high school students through the vagaries of Macbeth after all you have to try to persuade them that the fate of an eleventh century Scottish king could possibly have some relevance to a twenty first century audience So what do you do Well you emphasise the universal of course The Big Themes Ambition Fate Remorse Nihilism Self fulfilling prophecies irony how far are we masters of our own fate and how far are we puppets in the hands of forces beyond our control The Nature of Evil Is Lady Macbeth in cahoots with the Weird Sisters Or does her evil spring from her own foul natureWhat distinguished Harvard Professor Greenblatt does here is to take Mr William Shakespeare out of that bubble out of that vacuum of universal truth He draws our national poet down down from the cloudy heights of universal genius and plants him firmly back on the ground in his time Of an ageThis is not to diminish Shakespeare in any way this New Historicism or whatever fancy label you want to stick on Professor Greenblatt s magnificent work does not reduce Shakespeare s opus but rather opens up rich new seams of interpretation Examining the swirling currents that stormed around the restless genius the paranoia about plots to murder good ueen Bess the risks of recusancy the recklessness of his rivals the innovations in theatrical design the Scottish King s troubled relationship with witches to mention but a few Prof Greenblatt then traces how they are reflected in Shakespeare s work Under any other circumstances I would be feeling ueasy at the very suggestion that we can or ever should read the man through the fictional work he produced But Professor Greenblatt has such a depth of knowledge both of the age and of Shakespeare s work and what s such a seductively supple sinuous style that any tendency to carp at the many speculative maybes and perhapses and it s possible thats and of course we can t knows was soon banished lost in the warm flow of seamlessly informative elegantly phrased argumentation I was utterly convinced in particular for example by the best reasoning I have ever read as to why Mr WS should have written sonnets urging the Earl of Southampton to fulfil the destiny of his own incredible beauty by passing it on to the next generation This was the perfect antidote to the emptiness and melancholy left at the departure of the near and dear travelling back to their home that is than 6000 kilometres and five time zones away Trouble is I ve finished it What now The Swerve How the World Became Modern a fortiori now that I have experienced such an engrossing bath of warm light that does not dazzle but glows The Penguin Book of Dutch Short Stories this magnitude The Winter of the Lions to be explained How did Shakespeare become Shakespeare Stephen Greenblatt brings us down The Malay Archipelago, the land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise; 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Ensitive and talented boy surrounded by the rich tapestry of Elizabethan life could have become the world's greatest playwright A Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Finali I think the theory of Shakespeare that he s espousing is a little far fetched I m just going to put it out there The way he gets from argument to argument is well this probably didn t happen but what if it did then this would be true and then he ll go on to spout some historical facts that would then fall into place of that was true So as an academic argument I don t find this book particularly strongHowever There is a lot of information here about the life of Shakespeare presented in a readable enjoyable intriguing format I am in favor of anything that gets people reading Shakespeare I got through it in a week very easily Logical flaws aside it does make for interesting reading Even if it doesn t convince you of the truth I really enjoyed going through it It helped me to formulate some of my own ideas about the effect of Shakespeare s life on his writings There are a few minor ideas presented that I found intriguing as well If you like what if books historical fiction or you re into shakespeare this book is for you

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A young man from a small provincial town moves to London in the late 1580s and in a remarkably short time becomes the greatest playwright not of his age alone but of all time I never thought this would happen to me but while I was reading this book I actually had a sense of nostalgia for Harold Bloom A woman I work with forced this book on me with the guarantee that I would adore it I later found out that she hates music like the Velvet Underground It s always people like that who are forcing book recommendations Not that there are people like that who hate the Velvet Underground I have a lot of faith that she is an isolated caseThis book pretty much hit on every single thing I ever hate about books I know other people have said the writing was engaging but I have to disagree One sentence was just a list of the types of businesses that existed in London in the late 16th century The businesses were grouped together in a way that let the author use some semi colons and it seemed pretty clear to me that the whole purpose of the sentence was so that he could show he knew how to use semi colons If that is not the case and the editors had to put those semi colons in well god help us allI think this book should be classified as historical fiction because every sentence is about how maybe this happened or if then Shakespeare could have thought There is a whole chapter devoted to speculating about whether Shakespeare had a happy marriage based on the marriages in his plays That makes me so madHere s what I would read a book that compiles the documentary history related to Shakespeare and has a short explanation of what the document is I would be fine with that Speculation is so infuriatingI was dating this guy recently and he only used the word film for movie which drives me crazy And then one day he asked me if I wanted to go have a romp in the sack so I decided we should not go out any This is the book version of the phrase romp in the sackI am judging the soul of both this book and anyone who is passionate about it As to people who feel pretty neutral about it you are okay I will just assume the History of Elizabethan England class you took in college was only a survey


About the Author: Stephen Greenblatt

Stephen Greenblatt PhD Yale is Cogan University Professor of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University Also General Editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature Eighth Edition he is the author of nine books including Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare; Hamlet in Purgatory; Practicing New Historicism; Marvelous Possessions The Wonder of t



10 thoughts on “Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

  1. says:

    ”To understand who Shakespeare was it is important to follow the verbal traces he left behind back into the life he lived and into the world to which he was so open And to understand how Shakespeare used his imagination to transform his life into his art it is important to use our own imagination” There is no doubt he is an enigma a man who uite possibly has had the greatest influence on the English language and yet strangely

  2. says:

    I never thought this would happen to me but while I was reading this book I actually had a sense of nostalgia for Harold Bloom A woman I work with forced this book on me with the guarantee that I would adore it I later found out that she hates music like the Velvet Underground It's always people like that who are forcing book recommendatio

  3. says:

    If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewNature Abhors a Vacuum “Will in the World – How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare” by Stephen GreenblattIs there a Shakespearean lover who does not know that there is precious little actual information about Shakespeare and as a result there are all these theo

  4. says:

    As any fule kno 'twas Ben Jonson who famously said of his friend Mr William Shakespeare that he was not of an age but for all time Which bon mo

  5. says:

    “Everyone understood that Latin learning was inseparable from whipping One educational theorist of the time speculated that the b

  6. says:

    Possibly as far away from the reality of Shakespeare's life as any silly fairy tale but highly readable and a wonderful companion to reading the playsFull review maybe later

  7. says:

    I think the theory of Shakespeare that he's espousing is a little far fetched I'm just going to put it out there The way he gets from

  8. says:

    If Shakespeare wore shoes and we have reason to suppose he did he might have worn some like the ones in this picture I'm paraphrasing but not by much This is Greenblatt's own special brand of persiflage that drove Germaine Greer to write her

  9. says:

    This book could have been perhaps even should have been so much worse than it turned out Even stating the premise sends a shiver down my spine The premise is “How about we speculate on the life and loves of Shakespeare on the basis of the evidence we can find in his plays poems and sonnets” You can feel it ca

  10. says:

    I studied a lot of Shakespeare in college I just like that guy No one else can explore such huge themes so concisely and so beautifully and I think he's the real dealAnd he's hard to biographize partly because we famously don't know a ton about him but also I think partly because he was just something special Someone who wrote outside himselfSo for example in this terrific biography Greenblatt points out that it's kinda

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