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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: British Museum Press; 01 edition (16 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714128244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714128245
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 2.3 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A fascinating account of Shakespeare's cosmopolitan world, illustrated with breathtaking images that bring to life the rich material culture that shaped Shakespeare's writings and his age. This is a superb volume, one that will have pride of place on my bookshelf." -Professor James Shapiro, author of 1599 and Contested Will

"Every student of English literature should have his own copy." - Brian Sewell, The London Evening Standard

"I'm going to spend a lot of time this summer reading an exhibition catalogue, Jonathan Bate's and Dora Thornton's Shakespeare: staging the world (British Museum). Their show about Shakespeare's creative imagination gripped me like no other I've seen in years, and the catalogue is one of those books where you can t turn the pages fast enough. At least I couldn't." -Richard Dorment, The Daily Telegraph

"Superb" -Caroline McGinn, Time Out London

"Full of illuminating wonders" -Jerry Brotton, BBC History Magazine

"This richly illuminated - and illuminating - book is a brilliant introduction to the world Shakespeare inhabited, refashioned in his capacious imagination, and bequeathed to us." -Stephen Greenblatt, author of Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare and general editor of The NortonShakespeare


"This beautifully illustrated historical treasure trove breathes new life into the conception of, and reactions to, such characters as Shylock, Hamlet, Richard II and King Lear, against the backdrop of the Tudor and Stuart monarchies of the time. Jonathan Bate and Dora Thornton have produced a fascinating and scholarly study of the writer and his rich range of influences." -Editor's choice, The Good Book Guide


"For the Shakespeare scholar it's a valuable addition to the bookshelf, for the historian it's a smorgasbord of early modern artefacts. For the general reader it's a beautifully illustrated and informative guide to the world of Shakespeare. Highly recommended." -Shakespeare's England blog


"Bate and Thornton [weave] Shakespeare's plays into his lived reality seamlessly, with the pictures aiding the task. ... As an object itself, the book gives permanence to the exhibition, in the way that Shakespeare's folios preserve 17th-century England in their pages." -Telegraph India

"Gets into the very fabric of both literature and life." -Saturday Scotsman

"A fine catalogue, [one] which increases the value of an outstanding, not-to-be missed exhibition". -The Lady

"Sumptuous, rigorously-researched and beautifully illustrated." --Dr. Claire Cochrane, theatre scholar of the University of Worcester, Blenheim Palace Literary Festival at Woodstock 2012

"Published to complement an exhibition on the same theme held at the British Museum, the book goes beyond its apparent purpose. The text by Bate and Thornton weaves Shakespeare's plays into his lived reality seamlessly, with the pictures aiding the task. ... As an object itself, the book gives permanence to the exhibition, in the way that Shakespeare's folios preserve 17th-century England in their pages". --The Telegraph India

Included as one of The Spectator's 2012 Books of the Year

"Stands by itself as a scholarly and enormously enjoyable portrait of an age and of the world as known to its greatest dramatist". ----Philip Ziegler, The Spectator

"Shakespeare: Staging The World is more than just a museum catalogue, it's a stunning collection of early modern objects brought vividly to life by Jonathan Bates and Dora Thornton. I'd endorse it for anyone with an interest in Shakespeare or early modern England. For the Shakespeare scholar it's a valuable addition to the bookshelf, for the historian it's a smorgasbord of early modern artifacts. For the general reader it's a beautifully illustrated and informative guide to the world of Shakespeare. Highly recommended". - Shakespearesengland.com

"Bate's and Thornton's thematic approach and apt choice of objects often brings a fresh perspective to bear on the familiar". --The Burlington Magazine

Shakespeare: Staging The World is more than just a museum catalogue, it's a stunning collection of early modern objects brought vividly to life by Jonathan Bates and Dora Thornton. I'd endorse it for anyone with an interest in Shakespeare or early modern England. For the Shakespeare scholar it's a valuable addition to the bookshelf, for the historian it's a smorgasbord of early modern artifacts. For the general reader it's a beautifully illustrated and informative guide to the world of Shakespeare. Highly recommended. --Shakespearesengland.com

About the Author

Jonathan Bate is Provost of Worcester College, Oxford and formerly Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at the University of Warwick. He is the editor of the highly acclaimed RSC Shakespeare: Complete Works and the author of many books, including Soul of the Age: The Life, Mind and World of William Shakespeare. He is on the board of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Dora Thornton is curator of Renaissance collections at the British Museum. She is the author of numerous publications including Objects of Virtue: Art in Renaissance Italy (with Luke Syson) and The Scholar in His Study: Ownership and Experience in Renaissance Italy.


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