1606 : William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear
by James Shapiro
Editor: FABER & FABER
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Ten years ago James Shapiro, won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his bestseller 1599: A Year in the Life of William ShakespeareNow, on the occasion of the upcoming 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, comes an irresistible look to a no less extraordinary year in his life: 1606In 1606, is an intimate portrait of one of Shakespeare’s most inspired moments: the year of King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra1606, while a very good year for Shakespeare, was a heavy one for EnglandThe plague returnsIt is surprising to resist the new king’s desire to return to England and Scotland, in a kingdom of Great BritainAnd the fear and uncertainty of sweeping the earth and exposing it to deep divisions in the aftermath of a failed terrorist attack that came to be known as the Gunpowder of the ParcelJames Shapiro skillfully shows how these extraordinary plays responded to this year’s tumultuous events, events that, unexpectedly, touched Shakespeare’s own lifeBathing us in Shakespeare in England, in 1606, who profoundly changes and enriches our experience of his plays, works that continue to speak to us with such immediacy
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