The Year of Lear

The Year of Lear

Preeminent Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro shows how the tumultuous events in 1606 influenced three of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies written that year—King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra. The Year of Lear is irresistible—a banquet of wisdom” (The New York Times Book Review).

In the years leading up to 1606, Shakespeare’s great productivity had ebbed. But that year, at age forty-two, he found his footing again, finishing a play he had begun… (more)

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“The Year of Lear” is irresistible — a banquet of wisdom about the small and dramatic world that a 42-year-old playwright is living in, on the one hand, and a convincing and inspiring argument about how the mind of that playwright must have worked in order to meld his life with his productions.

Not just history and not quite textual criticism, The Year of Lear is a richly detailed and well-explained portrait of England in 1606 and Shakespeare's role as a figure who both mirrored his culture for his audience and transformed the culture forever.


Book Details  


Publisher: Simon & Schuster (October 06, 2015)

Collection: Simon & Schuster

Parent ISBN: 9781416541653

Page count: 384 pages

File size: 46 MB

Language: English


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