The Age of Shakespeare by Frank Kermode
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In The Age of Shakespeare, Frank Kermode uses the history and culture of the Elizabethan era to enlighten us about William Shakespeare and his poetry and plays. Opening with the big picture of the religious and dynastic events that defined England in the age of the Tudors, Kermode takes the reader on a tour of Shakespeare’s England, vividly portraying London’s society, its early capitalism, its court, its bursting population, and its epidemics, as well as its arts—including, of course, its theater. Then Kermode focuses on Shakespeare himself and his career, all in the context of the time in which he lived. Kermode reads each play against the backdrop of its probable year of composition, providing new historical insights into Shakspeare’s characters, themes, and sources. The result is an important, lasting, and concise companion guide to the works of Shakespeare by one of our most eminent literary scholars.

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About Frank Kermode

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Frank Kermode is Julian Clarence Levi Professor of English Literature, Columbia University, and a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge.
Published February 3, 2004 by Modern Library. 240 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The Age of Shakespeare by Frank Kermode 210pp, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £12.99 Since being elected Man of the Millennium, Shakespeare has been more feted in print than ever, in the mainstream as well as in the overflowing and sometimes murky underground river of academic publications.

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While the age of Shakespeare overlapped with the both the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras, Kermode's compact, erudite appreciation of the Bard is less about Shakespeare's private life and turbulent times than his theatrical milieu and the worlds he created for the stage.

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