Greenblatt, S., & Fernandez, P. J. (2004). Will in the world: How Shakespeare became Shakespeare. Prince Frederick, Md: Recorded Books. 9781419307607
- I needed another audiobook. I also wanted non-fiction as I’m participating in the
- . When I saw a biography of Shakespeare, I was pleased. My love of the Bard has led me to take an elective on some of his plays and to the Folger Shakespeare Library.
- Harvard professor Stephen Greenblatt discovers and fleshes out William Shakespeare by delving into Shakespeare’s works. Through his plays, Greenblatt sees a precocious son of a glover and a gifted wordsmith. By this method, the author argues that Shakespeare really wrote his own stuff.
My only complaint here is that since I’ve not read all of Shakespeare’s works, I didn’t recognize all the references or each nuance which supported Greenblatt’s argument. Nevertheless, I could see Shakespeare’s love for his daughter Susanna in plays such as King Lear and The Tempest. Also, I still marvel at the Bard’s genius in Hamlet and Othello.
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For more on Stephen Greenblatt’s Will in the World…, check out the following:
- “Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare” by Stephen Greenblatt (Norton, 2004) « The BookBanter Blog
- Review-a-Day – Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt, reviewed by The Atlantic Monthly – Powell’s Books
- Swans Commentary: Stephen Greenblatt’s “Will in the World,” by Charles Marowitz – cmarow16
- Folger Shakespeare Library