"True" Thursdays: The Swerve
Howe Library, Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 6:30pm
"True" Thursdays is Howe Library's new nonfiction book group. Join us at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday every other month to discuss fascinating true stories. We will discuss The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt on January 16. Copies of this book may be checked out by any Upper Valley resident, regardless of whether or not they are a library member. (howe_library)
Booknotes, Sunday, November 14, 2004
Stephen Greenblatt discusses Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare.
from the publisher's website How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare A brilliant reading of Shakespeare's world yields a new understanding of the man and his genius. A young man from the provinces—a man without wealth, connections, or university education—moves to London. In a remarkably short time he becomes the greatest playwright not just of his age but of all time. His works appeal to urban sophisticates and first-time theatergoers; he turns politics into poetry; he recklessly mingles vulgar clowning and philosophical subtlety. How is such an achievement to be explained? Will in the World interweaves a searching account of Elizabethan England with a vivid narrative of the playwright's life. We see Shakespeare learning his craft, starting a family, and forging a career for himself in the wildly competitive London theater world, while at the same time grappling with dangerous religious and political forces that took less-agile figures to the scaffold. Above all, we never lose sight of the great works—A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, and more—that continue after four hundred years to delight and haunt audiences everywhere. The basic biographical facts of Shakespeare's life have been known for over a century, but now Stephen Greenblatt shows how this particular life history gave rise to the world's greatest writer. 16 pages of color illustrations. (timspalding)
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