The Genius of Shakespeare

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Pan Macmillan, Mar 28, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 400 pages
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Who was Shakespeare? Why has his writing endured? What makes it so endlessly adaptable to different times and cultures? And how has Shakespeare come to be such a powerful symbol of genius?

The Genius of Shakespeare is a fascinating biography of the life – and afterlife – of the greatest English poet. Jonathan Bate, one of the world’s leading Shakespearean scholars, deftly shows how the legend of Shakespeare’s genius was created and sustained, and how it has become a truly global phenomenon.

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Genius of Shakespeare

User Review  - Nicholas Graham - Book Verdict

Bate examines the history of Shakespeare's reputation in an attempt to discover and explain the enduring nature of his work. This look at the very idea of literary genius is recommended for readers ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sammy - Goodreads

"The Genius of Shakespeare" is written in distinctly dry prose, features unusual critiques of various Shakespearean characters and plays, and doesn't seem to be dense enough for the Shakespeare expert ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Jonathan Bate is Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at the University of Warwick and on the Board of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is the editor of the highly acclaimed RSC Shakespeare: Complete Works (Macmillan) and the author of many books, including John Clare: A Biography (Picador). He was made CBE in the Queen’s 80th birthday honours, for his services to literature and higher education.

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