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The Resource The year of Lear : Shakespeare in 1606, James Shapiro

The year of Lear : Shakespeare in 1606, James Shapiro

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The year of Lear : Shakespeare in 1606
Title
The year of Lear
Title remainder
Shakespeare in 1606
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James Shapiro
Title variation
  • 1606 : William Shakespeare and the year of Lear
  • William Shakespeare and the year of Lear
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Language
eng
Summary
"Preeminent Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro shows how the tumultuous events in England in 1606 affected Shakespeare and shaped the three great tragedies he wrote that year--King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra. In the years leading up to 1606, since the death of Queen Elizabeth and the arrival in England of her successor, King James of Scotland, Shakespeare's great productivity had ebbed, and it may have seemed to some that his prolific genius was a thing of the past. But that year, at age forty-two, he found his footing again, finishing a play he had begun the previous autumn--King Lear--then writing two other great tragedies, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. It was a memorable year in England as well--and a grim one, in the aftermath of a terrorist plot conceived by a small group of Catholic gentry that had been uncovered at the last hour. The foiled Gunpowder Plot would have blown up the king and royal family along with the nation's political and religious leadership. The aborted plot renewed anti-Catholic sentiment and laid bare divisions in the kingdom. It was against this background that Shakespeare finished Lear, a play about a divided kingdom, then wrote a tragedy that turned on the murder of a Scottish king, Macbeth. He ended this astonishing year with a third masterpiece no less steeped in current events and concerns: Antony and Cleopatra. The Year of Lear sheds light on these three great tragedies by placing them in the context of their times, while also allowing us greater insight into how Shakespeare was personally touched by such events as a terrible outbreak of plague and growing religious divisions. For anyone interested in Shakespeare, this is an indispensable book"--
Summary
Looks at the year 1606, in which Shakespeare created three of his great tragedies, examining how the tumultuous events and cultural conflicts of that year helped shape these works, and affected Shakespeare on a personal level
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Award
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography, 2015
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10449246
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DLC
Dewey number
809
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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adult
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Shakespeare in 1606
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The year of Lear : Shakespeare in 1606, James Shapiro
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
904812686
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
xi, 367 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781416541646
Lccn
2015031731
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), map
System control number
(OCoLC)904812686
Label
The year of Lear : Shakespeare in 1606, James Shapiro
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
904812686
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
xi, 367 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781416541646
Lccn
2015031731
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), map
System control number
(OCoLC)904812686

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