Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

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. How is an achievement of this magnitude to be explained? Stephen Greenblatt brings us down to earth to see, hear, and feel how an acutely sensitive and talented boy, surrounded by the rich tapestry of Elizabethan life, could have become the world’s greatest playwright.

Title:Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
ISBN:9780393352603
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  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”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 Shakespea...

  • Meredith Holley

    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 w...

  • Manuel Anto

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Nature Abhors a Vacuum: “Will in the World – How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare” by Stephen GreenblattIs there a Shakespearean lover ...

  • Karen

    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 ...

  • Darwin8u

    “Everyone understood that Latin learning was inseparable from whipping. One educational theorist of the time speculated that the buttocks were created in order to facilitate the learning of Latin....

  • Riku Sayuj

    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 plays.Full review (maybe) later....

  • Kelly

    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... bu...

  • Rhonda

    "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 p...

  • Trevor

    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 lif...

  • Alex

    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 deal.And he's hard to biographize, ...