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Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare


The theatre for which Shakespeare wrote and acted was a cut-throat commercial entertainment industry. Yet his plays were also intensely alert to the ... Show synopsis

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Reviews of Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

Overall customer rating: 4.667
Michael  D

Will in the World a Must Read

by Michael D on Mar 28, 2013

If you read the accolades of the research and writing of Stephen Greenblatt's 'Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare', they pretty much tell it all. If you love to read Shakespeare, go to the plays, and enjoy the seemingly timelessness of the themes, then you must read this deeply ... More


Interesting and thorough new-age criticism

by jensuepooh on Jul 4, 2009

Greenblatt does well explaining how Shakespeare's known and possible past could have shaped success in an easy to read style. Essentially, the title tells you exactly what the book is about. One critique of this book is my dislike of Greenblatt's long-winded side tracks. Yes, they were interesting ... More


Will o' the Wisp

by MadamBookNerd on Aug 20, 2007

Anyone loving English must stand in atremble before Shakespeare, a man not Oxford educated or born wealthy and privileged. Instead, Great Will had the unheralded luck of being born to times of linguistic, religious and social ferment. Stephen Greenblatt does a great turn by loosening his ivy-league ... More

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