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Riassunto: This is the big one from Peter Ackroyd — and a worthy companion to London: The Biography.
Only Peter Ackroyd can combine readable narrative and unique observation with a sharp eye for the fascinating fact. His method is to position Shakespeare in the close context of his world. In this way, he not only richly conjures up the texture of Shakespeare’s life, but also imparts an amazing amount of vivid, interesting material about place, period and background.
Some snippets: Shakespeare was secretly a Roman Catholic; the witches in Macbeth were not hags but nymphs played by boys; the “best” bed was for guests which was why he bequeathed his wife his “second best” bed (the matrimonial bed in which he probably died); “ham acting” derives from the strutting walk which showed off the ham-strings; an actor called “Will” played female parts — could it have been Shakespeare himself? And, the strongest bond in the plays is between father and daughter, perhaps reflecting Shakespeare’s own family life.
From the Inside Flap:
With his magisterial and ingenious re-creations of the lives of Chaucer, Dickens, T. S. Eliot, William Blake, and Sir Thomas More, Peter Ackroyd has long been recognized as today's foremost practitioner of the literary biography. His adroit style and unrivaled ability to uncover the telling detail have made those books both critical and commercial successes. And now, in SHAKESPEARE: THE BIOGRAPHY, Ackroyd delivers his crowning achievement.
Thousands of books have been written about the playwright, but none has borne Ackroyd's unique and accessible stamp. His method is to position Shakespeare in the context of his world, exploring everything from Stratford's humble town to its fields of wildflowers; discerning influences on the plays from unexpected quarters; and entering London with the playwright as modern theater, as we know it, is just beginning to emerge.
We are with Shakespeare, observing him and his circle of friends, patrons, managers, and fellow actors and writers. It is as if Ackroyd were sitting with the Elizabethan audience as the plays are performed.
Because the author is coming from so intimate a perspective, he is able to see Shakespeare's genius from within, so we feel that Ackroyd the writer merges with Shakespeare the writer, the poet, the man; and thus with great sympathy and clarity we experience the way in which Shakespeare worked.
SHAKESPEARE: THE BIOGRAPHY is unlike the works other writers-excellent academics-have written, which merely analyze and describe. Rather, Peter Ackroyd has used his skill, his extraordinary knowledge, and his historical intuition to craft this major full-scale book on one of the most towering figures of the Englishlanguage.
Titolo: Shakespeare: The Biography
Casa editrice: Chatto & Windus
Data di pubblicazione: 2005
Condizione libro: very good
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Descrizione libro Chatto & Windus, London, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria 006162
Descrizione libro Anchor Books, New York, 2005. Pictorial Cover (Wraps). Condizione libro: Very Good. No Jacket. Illuatrated (illustratore). 1st Edition. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Codice libro della libreria 029668
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Descrizione libro Chatto & Windus, London, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Near Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good Plus. 1st Edition. 2nd printing. Black cloth boards with gilt titling to spine. xiii. 546 pp. Well illustrated. Spine ends slightly bumped, with small split at head of spine (not affecting binding). Spot on lower board. Pages very clean with no inscriptions. Unclipped jacket has some light creasing at edges but is clean and crisp with no tears. Extra postage might apply. Codice libro della libreria 000875
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