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William Shakespeare William Shakespeare is one of the most recognizable names in the world. Regardless of country, language, age, or gender, people are familiar with the Bard's work and his contributions to literature, theatre, art, and music. His genius was so evident that he became famous and respected throughout England in his own lifetime, eventually earning the attent William Shakespeare William Shakespeare is one of the most recognizable names in the world. Regardless of country, language, age, or gender, people are familiar with the Bard's work and his contributions to literature, theatre, art, and music. His genius was so evident that he became famous and respected throughout England in his own lifetime, eventually earning the attention and patronage of the king himself. Inside you will read about... - A Legend is Born - The Lost Years - Early Career - The Golden Years - Poetic Works - The Death of William Shakespeare And much more! From his humble birth to his sudden death, William Shakespeare's life is traced through the theatrical legacy he left behind.


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William Shakespeare William Shakespeare is one of the most recognizable names in the world. Regardless of country, language, age, or gender, people are familiar with the Bard's work and his contributions to literature, theatre, art, and music. His genius was so evident that he became famous and respected throughout England in his own lifetime, eventually earning the attent William Shakespeare William Shakespeare is one of the most recognizable names in the world. Regardless of country, language, age, or gender, people are familiar with the Bard's work and his contributions to literature, theatre, art, and music. His genius was so evident that he became famous and respected throughout England in his own lifetime, eventually earning the attention and patronage of the king himself. Inside you will read about... - A Legend is Born - The Lost Years - Early Career - The Golden Years - Poetic Works - The Death of William Shakespeare And much more! From his humble birth to his sudden death, William Shakespeare's life is traced through the theatrical legacy he left behind.

30 review for William Shakespeare: A Life From Beginning to End

  1. 4 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    In the world of literature, there is one name that stands head and shoulders above the rest. That name is William Shakespeare. Throughout the course of human history, there have been people that not only surpassed their time but, when stacked up against a multitude of others with similar talents, have remained to shine as beacons of greatness. Shakespeare is such a man. Shakespeare’s work is known and studied by tens of thousands throughout the world. It has been translated and coveted for its gr In the world of literature, there is one name that stands head and shoulders above the rest. That name is William Shakespeare. Throughout the course of human history, there have been people that not only surpassed their time but, when stacked up against a multitude of others with similar talents, have remained to shine as beacons of greatness. Shakespeare is such a man. Shakespeare’s work is known and studied by tens of thousands throughout the world. It has been translated and coveted for its greatness by more peoples than probably any other author in the world. Hundreds of well known and often used quotes stem from the pen of this man. Many of his contemporaries (for example Robert Greene and Christopher Marlowe), while recognizing his talent, criticized his work solely based on his formal education and social standing. Although his name remains today a household word, parts of his life and a good understanding of the man remains a mystery. His marriage at the early age of eighteen to Anne Hathaway on November 27, 1585, and the subsequent birth of his daughter, Susanna, six months later, has led to endless discussions, speculations, and theories. The same applies to his wife and their relationship (as he moved to London and Anne remained in Stratford-upon-Avon). Great men are often criticized and, occasionally, even ostracized. Greatness comes with a price. Like Mozart and Beethoven in music, Shakespeare is perched at the pinnacle of literary mastery, never to be besmirched or removed. I have always had a soft spot for the poetic prose of Shakespeare. It would be unthinkable to do anything less for the man. If your opinion or knowledge of this great man is less than mine, this short history of his life, times, and works may lead to a more favorable outlook.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Jares

    It is widely known that the span of years between Shakespeare's marriage (in 1582) and his rise in London theatres (in 1592) is lost.  There are those who have tried to fill in the time with various sensational plots and scenes, but the reality is that there is no information. This book shows William's work against a backdrop of religious unrest in England.  Medieval miracle plays (morality plays) had been the main entertainment but writers were moving towards secular themes, to avoid the religio It is widely known that the span of years between Shakespeare's marriage (in 1582) and his rise in London theatres (in 1592) is lost.  There are those who have tried to fill in the time with various sensational plots and scenes, but the reality is that there is no information. This book shows William's work against a backdrop of religious unrest in England.  Medieval miracle plays (morality plays) had been the main entertainment but writers were moving towards secular themes, to avoid the religious controversy broiling between the Catholic Church and the Church of England.   The book further declares that by the end of the 1590s, William would be wealthy and widely known.  To become famous and wealthy in such a short time is amazing.  Unfortunately, because of the blank years, it is difficult to determine which of William's plays would have been most popular or garnered him the most money.  The feeling is that historically derived material was what all the London playwrights were writing at that time. The author talks about many of Shakespeare's firsts but I would like to mention one.  Othello was the first time that a person of color was the main character in a play in England (he was referred to as a Moor).  Thus, he was a man of color and one of a different religion than those who would watch the play. The author makes the point that Shakespeare still resonates with an audience because he explored the aspects of being human.  Often, a character had one fatal flaw that caused him to have to face his failures and humanity.  Shakespeare changed plays so that the viewer learned about the inner motivations of the character.  This was something new in Elizabethan England.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Terri Gostola

    I took a semester course on Shakespeare in college, which focused primarily on his works and not on his life. I have long thought that not much was known about Shakespeare's life but this biography did point out a lot of know facts. Shakespeare lived in England during the rule of Queen Elizabeth I, commonly referred to as the Elizabethan period, and he lived during a time when many Englishmen and women lived and died without traveling more than half a day's journey from where they were born. Sha I took a semester course on Shakespeare in college, which focused primarily on his works and not on his life. I have long thought that not much was known about Shakespeare's life but this biography did point out a lot of know facts. Shakespeare lived in England during the rule of Queen Elizabeth I, commonly referred to as the Elizabethan period, and he lived during a time when many Englishmen and women lived and died without traveling more than half a day's journey from where they were born. Shakespeare was born in a hamlet of Stratford-upon-Avon, over 100 miles from London, to a middle class family in April 1564. He married at the age of 18 to a woman older than him and six months later his daughter Susanna was born. Two years later, he also was the father of twins. Around 1592 Shakespeare began living away from his family in London. He moved home again before he died in 1616.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    The book notes that Shakespeare is considered by some to be the greatest writer in the English language. It goes into the history of what was going on in Europe at the time including witch trials, Protestant vs. Catholic religious problems, threats of war, Guy Fawkes and other things. It covers his marriage at the age of 18 and how there is little known about what was going in in his life for a few years. He was also hated by some. Then it goes into his writing, acting troupes, early vs. late pla The book notes that Shakespeare is considered by some to be the greatest writer in the English language. It goes into the history of what was going on in Europe at the time including witch trials, Protestant vs. Catholic religious problems, threats of war, Guy Fawkes and other things. It covers his marriage at the age of 18 and how there is little known about what was going in in his life for a few years. He was also hated by some. Then it goes into his writing, acting troupes, early vs. late plays ,his sonnets and a question about whether he was heterosexual or bisexual. It also notes that the actual cause of his death is not known. Quite interesting.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Erwin

    The Mysterious Bard This is an excellent bio of Shakespeare. We know next to nothing about him, and most academics spend five hundred pages pointing to lines and scenes from his works to indicate what may have happened in his life. To the contrary Hourly History has taken what scraps and tidbits we have concerning his life, put them together with the plays and sonnets and offers us as much as can be known about the Bard. The book’s straight forward-ness might even convince a high schooler to read The Mysterious Bard This is an excellent bio of Shakespeare. We know next to nothing about him, and most academics spend five hundred pages pointing to lines and scenes from his works to indicate what may have happened in his life. To the contrary Hourly History has taken what scraps and tidbits we have concerning his life, put them together with the plays and sonnets and offers us as much as can be known about the Bard. The book’s straight forward-ness might even convince a high schooler to read a play or two.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nestor o miller

    To read or not to read that’s the question??? This short book of William Shakespeare should have been a obituary article of the New York Times it’s a life from the end and no beginning of the life of one the greatest literary figures of our historical experience on earth. This one hour book doesn’t really has the features of Shakespeare mood of literary genius and doesn’t bring justice towards happiness and it make you feel like a tourist on one hour tour you have see it but you didn’t feel it. T To read or not to read that’s the question??? This short book of William Shakespeare should have been a obituary article of the New York Times it’s a life from the end and no beginning of the life of one the greatest literary figures of our historical experience on earth. This one hour book doesn’t really has the features of Shakespeare mood of literary genius and doesn’t bring justice towards happiness and it make you feel like a tourist on one hour tour you have see it but you didn’t feel it. The future of this book is totally questionable does reader wants to learn the Shakespeare lived on this earth or understand his legacy and that’s the question?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Gleckler Clark

    A sampling of Shakespeare’s life. Good discussion about the order of his plays, and comments regarding his sonnets. Many items are brought to light that I had no idea about, the fact that he had married a woman older than he, and had three children. I am enjoying These hourly histories and intend to read many more.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Patricia S Winchel

    Well Written Biography I would not call myself a reader of Shakespeare, but after reading this brief biography, I am intrigued and want to at least re-read his major works. Shakespeare may never have had the opportunity to give us so rich a legacy if he had not been privileged to have been born in the time period when the middle class had just begun.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary Pat

    Focuses mostly on the works, as it should be Very little on Shakespeare's life itself, which is hardly surprising given how little we actually have on his life...and what we do have (other than the works) are primarily business documents. The person who wrote this mini-bio has a clear bias for Macbeth over King Lear, but de gustibus and all that. Focuses mostly on the works, as it should be Very little on Shakespeare's life itself, which is hardly surprising given how little we actually have on his life...and what we do have (other than the works) are primarily business documents. The person who wrote this mini-bio has a clear bias for Macbeth over King Lear, but de gustibus and all that.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ashwin

    The greatest Playwright of all time, William Shakespeare. Shakespeare was the best dramatist of plays in theatre. He is often called the tragedy King. Some of his most famous plays were Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello and Romeo and Juliet. Apart from plays, he has also written 154 sonnets and poems. The most celebrated writer of English language.

  11. 4 out of 5

    David Parker

    Mystery man I knew nothing of the man and thought the author was an anonymous unknown. It was a joy to meet him and wonder if he had lived to an old age might he filled in the gaps of the timeline.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anil Swarup

    Yet another brilliantly presented offering from Hourly history. While discussing the private life of Shakespeare there is an attempt to clear the air about some controversies that surrounded the bard but still the book makes for a very interesting read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    James Stefanik

    Good overview of Shakespeare's life. Hourly History, as always, delivers a extremely readable, enjoyable work. If you are looking for a deep understanding of the topic, you should review other works, but if you want a solid outline with pertinent facts this is for you. Good overview of Shakespeare's life. Hourly History, as always, delivers a extremely readable, enjoyable work. If you are looking for a deep understanding of the topic, you should review other works, but if you want a solid outline with pertinent facts this is for you.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mimi

    Quick recap of his life and works It's less than an hour. I think I'll go read some of the Bard next. MacBeth in particular. I'd recommend this brush up. You can skim it in some parts imo. Quick recap of his life and works It's less than an hour. I think I'll go read some of the Bard next. MacBeth in particular. I'd recommend this brush up. You can skim it in some parts imo.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    I have been a fan of Shakespeare for most of my adult life. Reading this volume was like coming home. I thoroughly enjoyed it and even learned a little bit ;)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Igor

    Very good summary of a genius.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Donna Kaukaskie

  18. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Patty ❥

  19. 5 out of 5

    Raquel

  20. 5 out of 5

    Soham Agarwal

  21. 5 out of 5

    Prashant Jha

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mohamed

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Toward

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Stansfield

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

  26. 4 out of 5

    Vinayak

  27. 5 out of 5

    Philip Rogers

  28. 4 out of 5

    Biju Ganesh Thirunavukkarasu

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  30. 5 out of 5

    Isabelle Mcnamee

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