LBB Book Club: Shakespeare Festival Reads discusses A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 - 7:00pm

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Join Shakespeare Festival Reads for a reading group discussion of A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare by James Shapiro.

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What accounts for Shakespeare’s transformation from talented poet and playwright to one of the greatest writers who ever lived? In this gripping account, James Shapiro sets out to answer this question, "succeed[ing] where others have fallen short." (Boston Globe)

1599 was an epochal year for Shakespeare and England. During that year, Shakespeare wrote four of his most famous plays: Henry the Fifth, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and, most remarkably, Hamlet; Elizabethans sent off an army to crush an Irish rebellion, weathered an Armada threat from Spain, gambled on a fledgling East India Company, and waited to see who would succeed their aging and childless queen.

James Shapiro illuminates both Shakespeare’s staggering achievement and what Elizabethans experienced in the course of 1599, bringing together the news and the intrigue of the times with a wonderful evocation of how Shakespeare worked as an actor, businessman, and playwright. The result is an exceptionally immediate and gripping account of an inspiring moment in history.

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A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 By James Shapiro Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060088743
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 13th, 2006

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