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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1st ed. edition (14 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199569312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199569311
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 2.8 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bart van Es is Fellow and University Lecturer in English at St Catherine's College, Oxford. He is the author of Spenser's Forms of History (2002), A Critical Companion to Spenser Studies (2006), and Shakespeare in Company (2013). In addition to his work on Spenser and Shakespeare he has published articles on Daniel, Drayton, Renaissance historiography, and pastoral poetry. Essays by him appear in various Oxford Handbooks, including that on Holinshed's Chronicles and that on English Prose, 1500-1640. He is a contributor to Medieval Shakespeare: Pasts and Presents and has chapters forthcoming in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature, Volume 2, and Moving Shakespeare Indoors.

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van Es offers a consolidation of recent thinking about Shakespeares plays as products of the collaborative milieu from which they emerged, importantly making explicit the significance of this to an appreciation of his individual writing. (Peter Kirwan, Review of English Studies)

Bart Van Es's lucid and comprehensive book is in a more recent and surely more realistic counter-tradition which sees Shakespeare as pre-eminently involved: a poet at work in the daily professional context of a busy and successful theatre company. (Charles Nicholl, The Times Literary Supplement)

Shakespeare in Company is a meticulous account of the institutional and economic forces that shaped the plays themselves and an acute analysis of the ways in which this shaping occurred ... This is a sensitive, erudite and intriguing study that demonstrates the inseparability of the rarefied perfections of Shakespeare's art and the day-to-day business of the entertainment industry. (Peter J. Smith, Times Higher Education)

Highly recommended (F. L. Den, Choice)

[An] absorbing study (The New Criterion)

van Es shows that Hamlet's claim to an inner reality that lies beyond the reach of 'outward show' is made plausible to the audience through a mastery of linguistic register ... [this book offers] new and helpful ways of thinking about the most familiar works. (Michael Neill, London Review of Books)

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Bart van Es is Lecturer in English at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Catherine's College. He has previously written books on Edmund Spenser and has a special interest in the writing of history in the Renaissance. Shakespeare in Company is his first work on drama and was supported by the award of an AHRC Fellowship.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 28 April 2013
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In this academic monograph, van Es traces a history of Shakespeare's writing as being conditioned by the material circumstances of his evolving economic relationship with The Chamberlain's Men. It should be stated upfront that this is not a book aimed at a popular or general audience. That doesn't mean that it is inaccessible but that, unlike e.g. Shakespeare's Restless World or 1599 this is a scholarly study complete with all the requisite critical apparatus including the expansive footnotes which another reviewer here decries.

This centres on a sophisticated thesis which breaks Shakespeare's writerly career into four phases: in the first (1592-1594) and last (1608-1614) he is demonstrated to be following the conventions of fellow writers including co-authorship and an adherence to what we might loosely call literary trends. In the middle two phases (1594-1599, 1599-1608) van Es argues that Shakespeare's unique relationship with a theatrical company, as `sharer' and investor, shapes developments in his dramatic writing based on his close relationships with the acting company and, to a lesser extent, his stable economic status.

The two chapters on Robert Armin (the `clown' for whom the later fool parts such as in King Lear were written) and Richard Burbage (the great tragic actor) are especially revealing, creating fascinating links between Shakespeare's actorly `resources' and how these translate into creative innovations in his plays.
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By D. Evans VINE VOICE on 27 Jun. 2013
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There are so many books available about William Shakespeare that it becomes difficult to believe that every aspect of the world's greatest playwright has not by now been covered. This book seems to displace this viewpoint. In this fascinating book Bart Van Es discusses the role of the acting companies who performed his plays and the influences they had on his work. Familar names such as Richard Burbage appear as well as other lesser known performers. This book is perhaps more geared to people studying Shakespeare but it would also appeal to the more casual reader.
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This is good stuff. Well researched,presenting fascinating insights into Shakespeare's actors, like Burbage and Kemp,historical context, and Shakespeare as practical man of business and theatre. It's a bit too academic for a general audience,with masses of footnotes, and perhaps not academic enough for a true treatise,but this is a minor flaw and only loses one star.I found the book engaging and lively,and discovered new information,particularly around Shakespeare's contemporaries,both actors and playwrights. Worth the price of admission. Buy it!
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By shpadoinkle VINE VOICE on 21 Jun. 2013
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Great book - fascinating and very well-written. Although it is in quite a dense style i am just about managing it and am still reading it due to the magical and inspirational topic.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Kelly VINE VOICE on 18 July 2013
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There are probably more books on Shakespeare than there are words written by him. This leads to swathes of redundancy, especially when you take into account how little we know about the man.

This book, however, not only manages to be unique but it also sheds light on a little-lit area. That Shakespeare was an actor himself is all too often forgotten and his acting troupes were a major influence on both him and his work.

Although it's written with a strong academic bent, the book is engaging and easy to read. There's no dry text to wade through, so I'd recommend it to anyone with an interest in Shakespeare. That it's written with academic interest also means that you have a certainty that what you're reading is written by someone who knows about the subject.

If you're looking for a new facet to Shakespeare, you can't go far wrong with this book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald Bain on 5 May 2014
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A refreshing consideration of a selected area of Shakespeare studies concentrating on the symbiosis arising from his relationship with his acting company and the milieu of the time. This is no lightweight production although there are parts that will be accessible to casual readers. There is some fascinating and credible commentary on how the texts were probably shaped by these relationships. Full appreciation of the book will perhaps only be possible by those with a deep knowledge of Early Modern English Drama although there are rigorous and copious footnotes throughout to assist those wishing to follow up the points being discussed. A central hypothesis is that Shakespeare's achievements were in harness to his association with a brilliant and stable acting company.
Given the number of books being churned out by the Shakespeare industry that effectively regurgitate knowledge already in the common domain this is a welcome new approach, diligently researched and effectively presented.
I agree that its rigour may place it outwith the more popular texts that regularly appear but I also think that it provides a high diving point for those who might wish to explore the depths of Shakespeare studies.
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