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  • Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
  • Stephen Greenblatt
  • English
  • 22 February 2018
  • 9780393327373

10 thoughts on “Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

  1. says:

    ”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 Shakespeare used his imagination to transform his life into his art it is important to use our own imagination” There is no doubt he is an enigma a man

  2. says:

    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 would adore it I later found out that she hates music like the Velvet Underground It's always people like that who are forcing book recommendations Not that there are people like that who hate the Velvet Underground I have a lo

  3. says:

    If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewNature Abhors a Vacuum “Will in the World – How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare” by Stephen GreenblattIs there a Shakespearean lover who does not know that there is precious little actual information about Shakespeare and as a result there are all

  4. says:

    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 Wh

  5. says:

    “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” ― Stephen Greenblat

  6. says:

    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 playsFull review maybe later

  7. says:

    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 but what if it did then this would be true' and then he'll go on to spout some historical facts that would then fall into place of that was

  8. says:

    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 persiflage that drove Germaine Greer to write her excellent Shakespeare's Wife so I guess this book was good for something Read Greer instead On her way to responsible speculation about the character of Anne Hathaway traditionall

  9. says:

    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 life and loves of Shakespeare on the basis of the evidence we can find in his plays poems and sonnets” You can feel it can't you? It is like the shiver you get from a wind blowing off snowIf I’d guessed the book was going to be about su

  10. says:

    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 dealAnd he's hard to biographize partly because we famously don't know a ton abo

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Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

How is an achievement of this magnitude to be explained How did Shakespeare become Shakespeare Stephen Greenblatt brings us down to earth to see hear and feel how an acutely s. 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 when guiding German high school students through the vagaries of Macbeth after all you have to try to persuade them that the fate of an eleventh century Scottish king could possibly have some relevance to a twenty first century audience So what do you do Well you emphasise the universal of course The Big Themes Ambition Fate Remorse Nihilism Self fulfilling prophecies irony how far are we masters of our own fate and how far are we puppets in the hands of forces beyond our control The Nature of Evil Is Lady Macbeth in cahoots with the Weird Sisters Or does her evil spring from her own foul natureWhat distinguished Harvard Professor Greenblatt does here is to take Mr William Shakespeare out of that bubble out of that vacuum of universal truth He draws our national poet down down from the cloudy heights of universal genius and plants him firmly back on the ground in his time Of an ageThis is not to diminish Shakespeare in any way this New Historicism or whatever fancy label you want to stick on Professor Greenblatt s magnificent work does not reduce Shakespeare s opus but rather opens up rich new seams of interpretation Examining the swirling currents that stormed around the restless genius the paranoia about plots to murder good ueen Bess the risks of recusancy the recklessness of his rivals the innovations in theatrical design the Scottish King s troubled relationship with witches to mention but a few Prof Greenblatt then traces how they are reflected in Shakespeare s work Under any other circumstances I would be feeling ueasy at the very suggestion that we can or ever should read the man through the fictional work he produced But Professor Greenblatt has such a depth of knowledge both of the age and of Shakespeare s work and what s such a seductively supple sinuous style that any tendency to carp at the many speculative maybes and perhapses and it s possible thats and of course we can t knows was soon banished lost in the warm flow of seamlessly informative elegantly phrased argumentation I was utterly convinced in particular for example by the best reasoning I have ever read as to why Mr WS should have written sonnets urging the Earl of Southampton to fulfil the destiny of his own incredible beauty by passing it on to the next generation This was the perfect antidote to the emptiness and melancholy left at the departure of the near and dear travelling back to their home that is than 6000 kilometres and five time zones away Trouble is I ve finished it What now The Swerve How the World Became Modern a fortiori now that I have experienced such an engrossing bath of warm light that does not dazzle but glows

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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. 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 would adore it I later found out that she hates music like the Velvet Underground It s always people like that who are forcing book recommendations Not that there are people like that who hate the Velvet Underground I have a lot of faith that she is an isolated caseThis book pretty much hit on every single thing I ever hate about books I know other people have said the writing was engaging but I have to disagree One sentence was just a list of the types of businesses that existed in London in the late 16th century The businesses were grouped together in a way that let the author use some semi colons and it seemed pretty clear to me that the whole purpose of the sentence was so that he could show he knew how to use semi colons If that is not the case and the editors had to put those semi colons in well god help us allI think this book should be classified as historical fiction because every sentence is about how maybe this happened or if then Shakespeare could have thought There is a whole chapter devoted to speculating about whether Shakespeare had a happy marriage based on the marriages in his plays That makes me so madHere s what I would read a book that compiles the documentary history related to Shakespeare and has a short explanation of what the document is I would be fine with that Speculation is so infuriatingI was dating this guy recently and he only used the word film for movie which drives me crazy And then one day he asked me if I wanted to go have a romp in the sack so I decided we should not go out any This is the book version of the phrase romp in the sackI am judging the soul of both this book and anyone who is passionate about it As to people who feel pretty neutral about it you are okay I will just assume the History of Elizabethan England class you took in college was only a survey

Summary Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

Ensitive and talented boy surrounded by the rich tapestry of Elizabethan life could have become the world's greatest playwright A Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Finali. 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 life and loves of Shakespeare on the basis of the evidence we can find in his plays poems and sonnets You can feel it can t you It is like the shiver you get from a wind blowing off snowIf I d guessed the book was going to be about such speculations I would never have started it I mean I would just as likely start a book called At Last the Real Shakespeare Uncovered But this turned out to be much better than it had a right to be Admittedly once I started my expectations were pretty low and so maybe it is hardly surprising that my expectations were exceeded All the same there were bits of this book that really were uite special and have made me think about Shakespeare s plays in ways I ve never considered beforeI ve always known two facts about early 17th century England but never really thought about how those facts fit together and I really should have Those two facts are these 1 Shakespeare wrote a play called MacBeth in which a King is murdered at least in part due to the supernatural intervention of a group of three witches and 2 that James the first had around twenty witches killed shortly after his marriage due to the part they played in causing a storm off the coast of Denmark that stopped his bride to be coming over the sea to marry himThat James the first was a Scottish king that he was obsessed with witches and that Shakespeare s theatre company was known as The King s Men because the King was their patron makes those two little facts rather compellingIs it any wonder that he has one of his nice wee female characters of noble birth say to one of his ill willed busy body puritans in one of his plays There is no slander in an allowed fool though he do nothing but rail nor no railing in known discreet man though he do nothing but reprove Clearly Shakespeare saw himself as a bit of an allowed fool but even so thought it best to remind his betters of the allowances that needed to be made in their relationshipThere are some lovely insights into life in Elizabethan or Jacobean for that matter England In fact I was thinking during this that a play based on James I and his life and times would be a fascinating thing Do you remember the Monty Python episode in the last series with a Louis of France who could never remember his number and who spoke in a broad Glaswegian accent well James the first or was it the sixth was a bit like that except he also spent much of his time either feeling up pretty young men or burning witches I mean if that isn t material for a play I m not sure what isI figured this book was going to do better than three stars when he started talking about marriage in Shakespeare s plays He speculates that Anne Hathaway and William Shakespeare might not have had the most delightful of marriages This is a fairly standard speculation although Germaine Greer reaches nearly the exact opposite conclusion I believe on nearly exactly the same evidence I m not sure this is something we can do than speculate on All the same the fact that there is hardly a single happy marriage depicted in any of the plays is interesting indeed In fact the fact that one of the few successful marriages in the plays seems to be the one between the MacBeths does much to support his point Not that successful marriages make for good drama Well not that I would know of course although I can personally attest to the rather striking relationship between an unsuccessful marriage and melodramaGreenblatt to use a fairly common phrase does cover his arse in his speculations All the same there is little doubt for example that he thinks the Sonnets were written for Southampton and admittedly he does build a fairly compelling case He also builds an interesting case to suggest William s father was an alcoholic But like everything else it is important to have in the back of your mind a little voice saying we just don t know we just don t know repeatedly even during the most interesting of these speculationsSo overall I did enjoy this book There is lots of stuff in it I simply had never really heard before the section on Jews in England there were none I did know but there is lots of detail here I knew nothing about I also had no idea that people used to kill cats and dogs at the first sign of plague and thereby unconsciously helped to spread it The best of this book are the parts where he talks about the grand themes that run through his plays and why Shakespeare might have had some of the preferences he demonstrates in his plays This is a game I enjoy playing and love watching an expert at it There is lots of interesting material here and Greenblatt does know his stuff I uite enjoyed this book which is much than I expected from it A pleasant surprise


About the Author: Stephen Greenblatt

Stephen Greenblatt PhD Yale is Cogan University Professor of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University Also General Editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature Eighth Edition he is the author of nine books including Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare; Hamlet in Purgatory; Practicing New Historicism; Marvelous Possessions The Wonder of t