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Lois Potter






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The Life of William Shakespeare: A Critical Biography e-book

by Lois Potter

Lois Potter’s book provides a delightful guide through Shakespeare’s world. A splendid introduction for those new to the facts about Shakespeare’s life, it is also a revelation for anyone all too familiar with them.

Lois Potter’s book provides a delightful guide through Shakespeare’s world.

While reading Lois Potter's The Life of William Shakespeare: A Critical Biography I. .Published by Wiley-Blackwell, this is an academic & of Shakespeare which places the texts in their historicised, intellectual context.

While reading Lois Potter's The Life of William Shakespeare: A Critical Biography I could not help but think of Stephen Greenblatt's Will in the World. At its core, The Life of William Shakespeare is about collaboration. If you're looking for a personal biography of Shakespeare the man then this may well disappoint.

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Lois Potter’s Life of William Shakespeare, ranks with the most distinguished examples of its kin. er achievement lies in her catholicity, her simultaneous commitment to matters personal, historical, theatrical, literary, cultural. Times Literary Supplement, 10 August 2012).

Download books for free. Explores often neglected literary and historical contexts that illuminate Shakespeare's life and works. Pages: 508. ISBN 13: 978-1-118-28152-9.

The Life of William Shakespeare. A Critical Biography. The Life of William Shakespeare is a fascinating and wide-ranging exploration of Shakespeare's life and works focusing on oftern neglected literary and historical contexts: what Shakespeare read, wh. John Wiley&Sons Limited, электронная книга. Shakespeare, William - (baptized April 26, 1564, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, Eng. died April 23, 1616, Stratford upon Avon) British poet and playwright, often considered the greatest writer in world literature. He spent his early life in Stratford upon Avon. Universalium. Shakespeare Urheberschaft -.

item 6 Potter-Life of William Shakespeare BOOK NEW -Potter-Life of William Shakespeare BOOK NE. Lois Potter recently retired as Ned B. Allen Chair at the University of Delaware

item 6 Potter-Life of William Shakespeare BOOK NEW -Potter-Life of William Shakespeare BOOK NEW. £3. 0. Allen Chair at the University of Delaware. She has also taught at the Universities of Aberdeen, Leicester, and Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle, and at Tsuda College, Tokyo.

William Shakespeare, Peter Ackroyd, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: The Alexander Text, page xxxi (HarperCollins Publishers . The Life of William Shakespeare: A Critical Biography. ISBN 978-0-631-20784-9.

William Shakespeare, Peter Ackroyd, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: The Alexander Text, page xxxi (HarperCollins Publishers, 2006). ISBN 978-0-00-720830-2. Kate Emery Pogue, Shakespeare's Family, page 12 (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2008).

Автор: Potter Lois Название: The Life of William Shakespeare: A Critical Biography Издательство: Wiley .

2012 Серия: Wiley blackwell critical biographies Язык: ENG Иллюстрации: Illustrations, ports

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The Life of William Shakespeare is a fascinating and wide-ranging exploration of Shakespeare's life and works focusing on oftern neglected literary and historical contexts: what Shakespeare read, who he worked with as an author and an actor, and how these various collaborations may have affected his writing. Written by an eminent Shakespearean scholar and experienced theatre reviewer
One of the best biographies of Shakespeare. Avoids too many assumptions and guesses about Shakespeare's life--a common fault in much Shakespeare biography since the facts of his life are few-Potter focuses on fine readings of the plays and what that can tell us about his life.
An interesting account that contained details not found in other recent biographies--lots of inference and speculation, but well-informed and intriguing speculation.
Biographies of Shakespeare must account for whatever recent discoveries scholars may have revealed, and they usually reflect the prevailing theoretical or critical stances of recent Shakespeare scholarship. This Blackwell Biography, within the perameters of that series, manages to do both of those, and to provide the curious reader with a dependable and enjoyable narrative that sums up what is known and much that is thought--especially about Shakespeare's life in the theater of his time--that would be useful. It is not as challenging nor exciting a book as Ackroyd's, for example, and is unlikely to stir controversy--but that latter is a good thing. The tiresome continuation of the "anti-Stratfordian" arguments, in all their preposterous variety, will offer those who wish for it all the excitement (empty, pointless, even malign in some cases) they could ask for. The prose style is modest and the critical comments about the plays and poems are illuminating without usurping the reader's ability to make judgments on her or his own. On the whole, while this is not the most brilliant work of its kind, it can certainly be given enthusiastic support as a trustworthy and readable introductory study of Shakespeare's life, and that is a good thing to have available.
This book is encyclopedic in its treatment of Shakespeare. It covers not only the little that contemporaneous records tell us about him, but also discusses his poetry and plays, and the theater of Elizabethan England. This is one case where the publisher's blurbs do not overstate the overwhelming amount of detail included in this book. The book is chronological, covering each period of his life and his work, but it is so much more. For instance, there are sections that cover things like:
· Playwrights of the 1580's
· Shakespeare the actor
· Shakespeare's coat of arms
· Satire and satiric drama (as well as other aspects of drama)
· The financing of theater companies and theaters, including the Globe theater
· A detailed discussion of Shakespeare's death, his will, and what became of his descendants
· Discussions regarding the production of the Shakespeare folios, how the various folio versions changed over time, how his plays have been produced in altered forms both for the stage and for film and TV, and the appropriation of characters he created for derivative modern plays

His poems and each play are discussed. This discussion includes the influence of other poems and plays on his writing, how his individual poems and plays influenced his later works, the influences of history and politics on the creation and presentation of his plays, the nature of the presentation of the plays and their popularity, and much more. The book contains a lot about the history of Elizabethan England, both as background and how it influenced individual plays. The book also goes into detail about Shakespeare's father, discuses other playwrights such as Christopher Marlow and Ben Jonson, and aspects of Shakespeare's life such his marriage (and why the wrong name for his wife was recorded in the marriage record), and his relationship with his brothers, sisters and children. There are copious endnotes after each chapter, 31 pages of bibliography, a very useful genealogy chart, an index and 24 black and white illustrations interspersed in the text.

The question of the claim that Shakespeare was not the true author of all of the material attributed to him is covered in only one lengthy paragraph, which does not support the contention that someone else wrote what is attributed to Shakespeare. While not specifically addressed, I think that the book provides a lot of evidence that point to the conclusion that William Shakespeare was indeed "Shakespeare". Professor Potter shows that Shakespeare was a gentleman in the Elizabethan sense of the word (his father was relatively rich (at least while William was a boy), a bailiff (mayor) of Stratford, and William was maternally descended from the noble Arden family), which entitled him to his own coat of arms. This meant that he would have had a good grammar school education, which would have provided him with the ability to read the Latin classics in the original Latin, as well as the overall background to have written what is attributed to him. There is no evidence that Shakespeare traveled outside England and this has led to the charge that he could not have written the plays that take place outside England because he would not have had the knowledge of place that is evident in the plays. However this is refuted by the fact that these plays are based on the prior widely available work of others. Thus, the material in this book does not support the argument that Shakespeare did not write what is attributed to him. However, I am sure that this will not still the controversy surrounding the authorship of all that is attributed to Shakespeare. To a large extent I think that the scope and importance of Shakespeare's poems and plays makes it difficult for many to believe that a man about which relatively little is known could have authored all this body of work. However, I feel that this book fills in many of the blanks regarding Shakespeare and makes his authorship much more plausible.

The level of detail in this book is overwhelming, which is not without its downside. So much is covered that I feel that that the details and the numerous subchapters compromised the narrative flow of the book and made it quite dry, making it a four-star book for me. This will be not problem for those who are looking for this level detail, but the more casual reader may be overwhelmed. This is definitely a five-star book for hardcore Shakespeare lovers and those interested in theater and the history of Elizabethan England.
Any biographer of Willaim Shakespeare is immediately handicapped by the paucity of contemporary documentary evidece. Beyond such scraps of information such as baptismal records, any biographer is forced to speculate and to make best guesses. Important background matters remain forever unknowable to any certainty. Was William Shakespeare secretly a Roman Catholic? Maybe yes and perhaps no. Lois Potter does all that can be expected with such limited hard data, but for most of this quite densely packed book, she must resort to examining the details of Shakespeare's plays and poems to find hints of the man who wrote them. She accords the greatest importance to Shakespeare's experiences as a "player" on the theatrical stages of London and on rural tours, experiences that taught him first-hand the limitations and potentialities of live performances. What emerges ultimately is more of a portrait perhaps of the English theater of the late Sixteenth and early Seventeenth centuries than a thorougly detailed standard biography.

The reader of this volume cannot expect anything like a biography of a modern figure, filled with racy and intimate details.` Instead, this is a scholar's study of a body of literature created by a rare genius.
Lois Potter takes a deep dive into Shakespeare, and the theater world that was evolving around him, in this critical biography of the playwright poet. Filled with facts that never seem to devolve into the unknowable and unprovable. The one thing that I can say about his book is that Potter keeps all these facts and information on an even keel. This is quite the accomplishment especially on a subject and body of work that she really likes and admires. In addition to his plays, the book contains information gleaned about the other dramatist who collaborted with Shakespeare and were a vital part of his life and work. I really enjoyed this book and applaud the effort that Potter takes in bringing to life the world of the Elizabethan and Jacobean Theatre. Highly recommended to anyone interested in Shakespeare, the Theatre and his time and place.

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