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This is a strongly written, thoughtful, sometimes a little too conjectural study of Shakespeare by one of the pioneers of New Historicism. Greenblatt understands the Renaissance milieu superbly, which allows plenty of valuable insights into the background to the plays, such as his knowledge of the glove trade and his Catholic sympathies. There are perceptive readings of the plays, but this is a book that visualizes Shakespeare as a person, rather than just as the mind behind a canon of texts. The chief value of the book is in its grasp of the relationship between the plays and the Elizabethan and Jacobean world.