Shakespeare: His Life, Work and Era

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This new biography looks beyond the established facts of Shakespeare's life and traces how the events of his era affected the way he lived, thought and wrote. Shakespeare emerged as a survivor, never completely alienating either his political masters or his audience. Discussion of the plays, poems and sonnets is interwoven with relevant moments in both Shakespeare's life and his age: the financial ruin of his father; his marriage to an older woman; the ravages of the plague on both his family and theatre audiences; the pressure of royal patronage; the Essex rebellion and the final family disgrace just before his death.

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Acknowledging that "the evidence that usually underpins a biography--diaries, journals, letters--simply does not exist in Shakespeare's case," Oxford English professor Kay illuminates the life of the great dramatist and poet (1564-1616) by presenting a readable, cogent account of the Elizabethan era in which he lived and worked. Kay evaluates Shakespeare's development as a writer within the context of such historical events as plagues, political upheavals and the growth of Renaissance theater. Drawing on earlier studies, he combines the small amount of biographical data available with a chronological analysis of Shakespeare's plays and poems, leaving readers to form their own picture of the playwright's character. Although it lacks footnotes, this biography will be of interest to students and scholars alike.
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