The Genius of Shakespeare: Picador Classic

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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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User Review  - John Fredrickson - Goodreads

This is an amazing book. It is not a particularly easy read, and was not what I was anticipating (I was expecting a book that explored the techniques, art, humor of Shakespeare). Mr Bate traces the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Adam Morris - Goodreads

Need to read this more than once - chock full of information like an Elizabethan wholemeal loaf... Read full review

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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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