The Pulitzer Prize and Nationwide E-book Award finalist, reissued with a brand new afterword for the four-hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare’s loss of life.

A younger guy from a small provincial the city actions to London within the overdue 1580s and, in a remarkably couple of minutes, turns into the best playwright no longer of his age by myself however of all time. How is an fulfillment of this value to be defined? Stephen Greenblatt brings us right down to earth to peer, pay attention, and really feel how an acutely delicate and gifted boy, surrounded through the wealthy tapestry of Elizabethan existence, can have transform the arena’s largest playwright.

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