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Book review: 1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear by James Shapiro

By Sameer Rahim   October 2015

1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear by James Shapiro (Faber & Faber, £20)shakespeare jacket books

Biographies of William Shakespeare tend to be unsatisfying because the playwright left so few traces of his personality in the records. Another, more fruitful, approach taken by scholar James Shapiro in this probing and original book is to examine the turbulent political events he lived through and how he responded to them in his work. Shakespeare saw the transition from the Tudor era to the Stuart, and as a servant to King James I, observed…

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