Shakespeare

Shakespeare

The Biography

Book - 2005
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In a magnificent feat of re-creating sixteenth-century London and Stratford, bestselling biographer and novelist Peter Ackroyd brings William Shakespeare to life in the manner of a contemporary rather than a biographer. Following his magisterial and ingenious re-creations of the lives of Chaucer, Dickens, T. S. Eliot, William Blake, and Sir Thomas More, Ackroyd delivers his crowning achievement with this definitive and imaginative biographical masterpiece.

Thousands of books have been written about the playwright, but none has borne Ackroyd’s unique and accessible stamp. His method is to position the playwright in the context of his world, exploring everything from Stratford’s humble town to its fields of wildflowers; discerning influences on the plays from unexpected quarters; and entering London with the playwright as modern theatre, as we know it, is just beginning to emerge.

Writing as though we are observing Shakespeare and his circle of friends, patrons, managers, and fellow actors and writers, Ackroyd is able to see Shakespeare's genius from within, so we feel that Ackroyd the writer merges with Shakespeare the writer, the poet, the man; and thus with great sympathy and clarity we experience the way in which Shakespeare worked.

Shakespeare: The Biography is quite unlike other more analytic biographies that have been written. Rather, Peter Ackroyd has used his skill, his extraordinary knowledge, and his historical intuition to craft this major full-scale book on one of the most towering figures of the English language.

Baker & Taylor
Sheds new light on the life of the great Elizabethan playwright and poet, reassessing Shakespeare's work within the context of sixteenth-century London and Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as his lasting legacy for world literature.

Baker
& Taylor

The best-selling biographer and author of London: The Biography sheds new light on the life of the great Elizabethan playwright and poet, reassessing Shakespeare's work within the context of sixteenth-century London and Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as his lasting legacy for world literature. 75,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Nan A. Telese, c2005
Edition: 1st ed. in the United States of America
ISBN: 9780385511391
0385511396
Branch Call Number: 822.33 Sh15Z, Ac58s
Characteristics: xvi, 572 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), ports. (some col.) ; 25 cm

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Mar 02, 2012

I wanted a straightforward biography of William Shakespeare to help me better understand his works. This book is a tome. I wouldn't mind the book's length. Many of my favorites biographies - Ron Chernow's Hamilton and The Titan, Robert Massie's Peter the Great - are over 700 pages long. Though well-written and researched, Mr. Ackroyd's tome is more a history on Shakespeare's England than on Shakespeare himself. Any mention of Shakespeare, his works or his family seem to be incidental touchstones for another topic of British history.
If you want a story of England at the time of Shakespeare, this is ok. If, like me, you want a biography focusing on the Bard, look somewhere else.

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