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'No estimate of Shakespeare's genius can be adequate. In knowledge of human character, in wealth of humour, in depth of passion, in fertility of fancy, and in soundness of judgement, he has no rival.' William Shakespeare was one of the most influential dramatists and poets whose plays are performed more often than those of any other playwright till today. In this work Sidn 'No estimate of Shakespeare's genius can be adequate. In knowledge of human character, in wealth of humour, in depth of passion, in fertility of fancy, and in soundness of judgement, he has no rival.' William Shakespeare was one of the most influential dramatists and poets whose plays are performed more often than those of any other playwright till today. In this work Sidney Lee presents the major facts of Shakespeare's life and illustrates them with numerous quotes of the sonnets and plays. Sidney Lee was an editor of the Dictionary of National Biography and several English classics. One of his special subjects was the life and work of William Shakespeare.


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'No estimate of Shakespeare's genius can be adequate. In knowledge of human character, in wealth of humour, in depth of passion, in fertility of fancy, and in soundness of judgement, he has no rival.' William Shakespeare was one of the most influential dramatists and poets whose plays are performed more often than those of any other playwright till today. In this work Sidn 'No estimate of Shakespeare's genius can be adequate. In knowledge of human character, in wealth of humour, in depth of passion, in fertility of fancy, and in soundness of judgement, he has no rival.' William Shakespeare was one of the most influential dramatists and poets whose plays are performed more often than those of any other playwright till today. In this work Sidney Lee presents the major facts of Shakespeare's life and illustrates them with numerous quotes of the sonnets and plays. Sidney Lee was an editor of the Dictionary of National Biography and several English classics. One of his special subjects was the life and work of William Shakespeare.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Karen Xu

    (Sorry I really can't find the specific book I read so I just chose this random book) This biography is written in a way easy for readers to substitute and understand. It covers guessing about Shakespeare's birth information, and the general life of shakespeare referencing to shakespeare's famous poem in "As You Like It". It contains some interesting information, such as Shakespeare died the same day of his Birthday. I was able to know more about Shakespeare's home town and living condition. I wa (Sorry I really can't find the specific book I read so I just chose this random book) This biography is written in a way easy for readers to substitute and understand. It covers guessing about Shakespeare's birth information, and the general life of shakespeare referencing to shakespeare's famous poem in "As You Like It". It contains some interesting information, such as Shakespeare died the same day of his Birthday. I was able to know more about Shakespeare's home town and living condition. I was able to know more about Shakespeare's cultural background and what lead to his literary creations. I feel like Shakespeare is a myth, he existed so long ago and his remaining works are so much praised that makes him seem surreal. I gave it a three out a five stars because the information is kind of brief. If you really like Shakespeare read something else to know more about him, if otherwise, this is an interesting book to have some knowledge about his life.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mr.B

    ...but I thought it would never end. I think it is the most academically solid exploration of Shakespeare's life and works I have ever encountered. The scholarship is amazing. The investigations of every topic touching upon Shakespeare--e.g., the Elizabethan sonnet tradition and its history going back to Petrarch, and the Bacon-Shakespeare Controversy--leave no stone unturned. The footnotes alone constitute a separate volume. But considering how little of the overall work is devoted to Shakespea ...but I thought it would never end. I think it is the most academically solid exploration of Shakespeare's life and works I have ever encountered. The scholarship is amazing. The investigations of every topic touching upon Shakespeare--e.g., the Elizabethan sonnet tradition and its history going back to Petrarch, and the Bacon-Shakespeare Controversy--leave no stone unturned. The footnotes alone constitute a separate volume. But considering how little of the overall work is devoted to Shakespeare's life, I think the book is misleading titled. Better: "Everything It Is Possible to Know About Shakespeare's Life, Works, and Times--but You Were Too Uneducated to Consider Asking. Special Bonus Feature: Everything You Thought You Knew About Shakespeare Authoritatively Corrected!!!" By the way, it was published in the 1890s.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Adrian Hunt

    A very decent effort at a biography of Shakespeare, written in 1898 and read as part of a Kindle edition of Henry VI. I am not sure how much of it is still held to be accurate but the writing and structure was clear and informative. A little less on the sonnets would have made it even better.

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