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A worthwhile exercise in creating a believeable Bard,
This review is from: Will In The World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare (Paperback)
As someone fascinated by the Shakespeare authorship question I enjoyed Greenblatt's attempt to flesh out the emotional life of the Stratford man, his motivations political, romantic and literary. While the Michael Woods and Anthony Holden biographies are very readable, I thought Greenblatt did a better job of getting under the skin of his subject. Of course he has to admit that there is a lot of speculation and his analysis of the sonnets is a little weak, as well as his unconvincing portrait of Mrs Anne Shakespeare and the playwright's immediate family. However there is a lot of interesting and credible speculation about the effects of the cultural and political climate under Elizabeth and James on Shakespeare's career and the author meshes the themes of the great plays well with what is known about the Bard's life events. Nothing new then and many questions remain unanswered but a few fascinating glimpses of the man behind the mask.