Book Reviews of Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
Will in the World How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
Author: Stephen Greenblatt
ISBN-13: 9780393050578
ISBN-10: 0393050572
Publication Date: 9/30/2004
Pages: 386
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 18 ratings
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Book Type: Hardcover
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Engaging discussion of Shakespeare's life. Criticized for being speculative, I personally found it convincing and very readable.
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There is a good deal of speculation here. Sometimes, as in the chapter devoted to the sonnets, it works, and the analysis seems both plausible and perceptive. Other times the interpretations require a more tenuous chain of "maybes" and "what-ifs" than I can comfortably accept. Greenblatt often leaves little room for the role of Shakespeare's imagination, and insists on trying to find (or create) some connection between the writer's life and his art. But it's all interesting speculation, expressed in a remarkably clear and engaging style, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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This book compares Shakespeare's plays with what was happening to him personally and in the world politically at the time he was writing. It gets a bit fanciful -- but them I find all literary criticism a bit fanciful. It is an easy historical read, and added to my enjoyment of his work.