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1606 : William Shakespeare and the year of Lear / James Shapiro.

1606 : William Shakespeare and the year of Lear / James Shapiro.
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ISBN 0571235786
9780571235780 (hardback)
Author Shapiro, James, 1955- author.
Title 1606 : William Shakespeare and the year of Lear / James Shapiro.
Publisher/Date London, England : Faber And Faber, 2015.
Pagination etc. 423 pages, [8] unnumbered pages of colour plates : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
Bibliography, etc. note Includes bibliographical essay and index.
Summary Note Ten years ago James Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his best-seller 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare. Now, to mark the forthcoming 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, comes a compelling look at a no less extraordinary year in his life: 1606. 1606 is an intimate portrait of one of Shakespeare's most inspired moments: the year of King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. 1606, while a very good year for Shakespeare, was a fraught one for England. Plague returns. There is surprising resistance to the new king's desire to turn England and Scotland into a united Britain. And fear and uncertainty sweep the land and expose deep divisions in the aftermath of a failed terrorist attack that came to be known as the Gunpowder Plot. James Shapiro deftly demonstrates how these extraordinary plays responded to the tumultuous events of this year, events that in unexpected ways touched upon Shakespeare's own life. By immersing us in Shakespeare's England, 1606 profoundly changes and enriches our experience of his plays, works that continue to speak to us with such immediacy.
Subject - Name Shakespeare, William, -- 1564-1616
Shakespeare, William, -- 1564-1616. -- King Lear
Subject Kings and rulers in literature
Drama -- History
England -- History
Great Britain -- History -- 15th century
Shelf Location 822.33 D SHAK
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