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1606: Shakespeare & the Year of Lear PB

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1606: Shakespeare and the Year of Lear
James Shapiro (Author)

The sequel to James Shapiro’s multi-award winning bestseller 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare.

1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear traces Shakespeare’s life and times from the autumn of 1605, when he took an old and anonymous Elizabethan play, The Chronicle History of King Leir, and transformed it into his most searing tragedy, King Lear.

1606 proved to be an especially grim year for England, which witnessed the bloody aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, divisions over the Union of England and Scotland, and an outbreak of plague. But it turned out to be an exceptional one for Shakespeare, unrivalled at identifying the fault-lines of his cultural moment, who before the year was out went on to complete two other great Jacobean tragedies that spoke directly to these fraught times: Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra.

Paperback: 448 pages
ISBN: 9780571235797
Dimensions: 132 x 197 x 28mm

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