William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare
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William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare towers over all other English writers and has few rivals in any language. His genius and creativity continue to astound scholars, and his plays continue to delight audiences. Many have served as the basis for operas, ballets, musical compositions, and films. While Jonson and other writers labored over their plays, Shakespeare seems to have had the ability to turn out work of exceptionally high caliber at an amazing speed. At the height of his career, he wrote an average of two plays a year as well as dozens of poems, songs, and possibly even verses for tombstones and heraldic shields, all while he continued to act in the plays performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This staggering output is even more impressive when one considers its variety. Except for the English history plays, he never wrote the same kind of play twice. He seems to have had a good deal of fun in trying his hand at every kind of play. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, all published on 1609, most of which were dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothsley, The Earl of Southhampton. He also wrote 13 comedies, 13 histories, 6 tragedies, and 4 tragecomedies. He died at Stratford-upon-Avon April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. His cause of death was unknown, but it is surmised that he knew he was dying.
 
Published January 1, 1800 by Gramercy. 3663 pages
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Two takes on Shakespeare’s life, from Peter Ackroyd, a British man of letters, and James Shapiro, an American scholar.

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Inspired by Keats's observation that 'Shakespeare led a life of Allegory: his works are comments upon it', Weis sets out to prove, with impressive learning, just how deep are the connections between art and experience, and also to demonstrate that 'the plays and poems contain important clues not ...

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So really, it pulls on the purse strings and to somebody that has more self-respect than to be a capitalist it makes them feel rather sick that all this pain, false actions of affection and putting aside the racism for five minutes just to get what is wanted come from the desire for money and gold.

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These are some of the questions that Jude Morgan has audaciously set out to answer in The Secret Life of William Shakespeare.

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Platt for a discussion of Shakespeare’s Montaigne: The Florio Translation of the Essays, edited by Platt and Stephen Greenblatt.

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Under My Apple Tree

A full cast of narrators with sound effects doesn’t always work and can make the audio production annoying, but in The Empire Striketh Back it is a superb addition and added to my enjoyment.

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The Founding Fields

In the absence of a new episode of Scars, Bellarius turns to Iam Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope.

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General Note: In January 2009 I decided that I’d like to go back and read all the plays of William Shakespeare, perhaps one a month if that works out.

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However, I will keep a separate page listing each play I’ve read with links to any comments I would make of that particular play.

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The stage is being set for what will actually play out in Henry VI, part 3, the ruinous War of the Roses, but at this stage a number of current players will be eliminated.

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(That whole story of Henry IV’s rise to kingship is the content of an earlier play, King Richard II.) Finally there is the faction of Prince Hal, son of King Henry IV.

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However, I will keep a separate page listing each play I’ve read with links to any comments I would make of that particular play.

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However, I will keep a separate page listing each play I’ve read with links to any comments I would make of that particular play.

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However, I will keep a separate page listing each play I’ve read with links to any comments I would make of that particular play.

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General Note: In January 2009 I decided that I’d like to go back and read all the plays of William Shakespeare, perhaps one a month if that works out.

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General Note: In January 2009 I decided that I’d like to go back and read all the plays of William Shakespeare, perhaps one a month if that works out.

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I would much prefer that such feelings in me could be eased by letting them play out in interaction with a play than in continuing to feel them so strongly in relation to real live people in the world in which I live.

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King John fears the excommunication, so he agrees, and with that the cardinal pleads with King Louis of France not to continue this war since King John has repented his ways.

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Then if Angelo goes to bed with her, he will have violated the same law with its capital offense, and at the same time save Claudio, defend Isabella’s honor and let the women (both) have had her revenge on Angelo.

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Shakespeare seems to be able to assume that his audience will not be much bothered by the fact that Prospero can do magic (just have this ship marooned at his will, that he even knows they are on the ship passing his island in the first place, that he has captured a powerful spirit and that a cre...

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However, I will keep a separate page listing each play I’ve read with links to any comments I would make of that particular play.

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General Note: In January 2009 I decided that I’d like to go back and read all the plays of William Shakespeare, perhaps one a month if that works out.

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General Note: In January 2009 I decided that I’d like to go back and read all the plays of William Shakespeare, perhaps one a month if that works out.

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Anthony certainly used the death of Caesar to advance his own case and to ensure the end of the cabal of Brutus and Cassius, but I think the evidence suggests he would likely have remained faithful to Caesar if the others hadn’t stepped in.

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Shylock hates Antonio because of the latter’s treatment of him and his attitude toward him, so, he extracts a contract in which were Antonio not to repay the debt on the designated day, then Shylock gets a pound of Antonio’s flesh.

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this is Shakespeare’s choice to make Henry V be whom Shakespeare wishes and I’m not reading the play as history.

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I love Macbeth, Othello, A Midsummer Nights Dream - this one just fell sort of flat for me.Jenny - I previously listened to Hamlet as this sort of audio book and it was done very well - this one just...wasn't.

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