The Genius of Shakespeare

Jonathan Bate

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07 April 2016
9781509822546
432 pages
Synopsis

With an introduction by Simon Callow

Judgements about the quality of works of art begin in opinion. But for the last two hundred years only the wilfully perverse (and Tolstoy) have denied the validity of the opinion that Shakespeare was a genius.

Who was Shakespeare? Why has his writing endured? And what makes it so endlessly adaptable to different times and cultures? Exploring Shakespeare's life, including questions of authorship and autobiography, and charting how his legacy has grown over the centuries, this extraordinary book asks how Shakespeare has come to be such a powerful symbol of genius.

Written with lively passion and wit, The Genius of Shakespeare is a fascinating biography of the life - and afterlife - of our greatest poet. Jonathan Bate, one of the world's leading Shakespearean scholars, has shown how the legend of Shakespeare's genius was created and sustained, and how the man himself became a truly global phenomenon.

'The best modern book on Shakespeare' Sir Peter Hall

‘The best book about Shakespeare for a generation’ Philip Howard, The Times

‘As brilliant an account of the Bard’s iconic universality as you could hope to find’ Michael Billington, Guardian