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A year in the life of William Shakespeare 1599.


A year in the life of William Shakespeare 1599.

Shapiro, James.



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In its simultaneous narrow and far-reaching gaze, this biography stands apart from the many recent studies of Shakespeare's life. Shapiro (English, Columbia U.) confines his focus to a single year but, in addition to Shakespeare's formidable achievements in that year, he considers the important political and cultural events that affected Shakespeare and his work. Shapiro reports on all Shakespeare's activities, associations, reading and writing in 1599, while depicting the experiences of all Elizabethans as their country engaged in war, invested in the new East India Company, and speculated about the Queen's successor.

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Date:Feb 1, 2006
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