Shakespeare: The Poet in His World

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 272 pages
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First published in 1978.

In this study, Shakespeare's own life story and the development of English theatrical history are placed in the wider context of Elizabethan and Jacobean times, but the works themselves are the final objective of this 'applied biography'. The main contention of the book is that Shakespeare's life was the lure of the stage itself which inspired him to transform what everyday life provided into the worlds of Hamlet, King Lear and Prospero.

 

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Contents

The cradle of security
3
A challenge to fortune
31
The upstart crow
47
The poet of the plague years
65
The poet of love
91
The Lord Chamberlains Men
112
Enter fighting at several doors
129
Hamlet revenge
150
His Majestys poor players
169
The kingdom of fools
188
The dream of ancient lands
205
The end of the revels
221
Notes
239
A select list of sources and authorities
253
Family tree of Shakespeares patrons
260
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