Wood's book also tends, sometimes, to feature curious moments of fixation. Book Contributor: University of Florida, George A. Part 1 covers Shakespeare's childhood, when political landscape was anything but gentle. But most importantly Shakespeare also lived through England's Cultural Revolution: an enforced split with the old medieval English spirit world which was to lead the English people into a brave new Protestant future. And here he has another classic. Wh This is an enjoyable book that I found increased my understanding of my favourite playwright.
As a slice of life about everyone's favorite playwright, this book is the place to go to get information in regards to the bard - if you're a non-expert. Why did he leave tragedy after producing the greatest in the language? Full of fresh insights and fascinating new discoveries, this book presents us with a Shakespeare for the twenty-first century: a man of the theatre, a thinking artist, playful and cunning who held up a mirror to his age, but who was also, as his friend Ben Jonson said, 'not of an age, but for all time'. Historian Michael Wood investigates the Bard's secret history, watches actors of the Royal Shakespeare Company bring his scripts to life, and learns more about the violent death of Christopher Marlowe, Shakespeare's great rival. Of course, on my next visit, there it was. It's a loving portrait of a humane man. Michael Wood follows Shakespeare through the final years of Elizabeth's reign as he faces personal turmoil while thriving creatively excerpts are performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company. The numbering starts at the beginning of the work, and does not restart for each scene.
This is a very fascinating informative documentary in which Michael Wood advances the premise that much of the mystery surrounding Shakespeare's life is that he was a Catholic living in the Elizabethan police state. In truth there is not a great deal to choose between them. Given the temporal, cultural, geographic, and linguistic distance between Nero and the world I live in today, such speculative biography is not unexpected, not too far-fetched, even useful. For the first time, I begin to understand Shakespeare as a man. The duty of poets ; For all time. May I recommend Greenblatt or Schoenbaum? During the 1500s England saw much in the way of religious strife due to the conflicting, and at time exclusionary, beliefs of Protestant and Catholic rulers.
Really brings home the era in which he lived, and shows him to be an actual person. If we include and two lost plays attributed to Shakespeare, and Love's Labour's Won, then we could say he wrote, either alone or in collaboration, forty plays. Shakespeare was rebelling against sensing. For example, Shakespeare's Sonnets, which for Wood emerge as the key to understanding both the subtleties of Shakespeare's biography as well as the larger currents of Elizabethan culture, receive nearly 2 chapters of explication and interpretation, while Hamlet is covered in a tidy 4 pages. A split which defined Shakespeare's life -and our modern world.
Drawing on an extensive range of sources, Michael Wood takes us back into Elizabethan England to reveal a man who is the product of his time - a period of tremendous upheaval that straddled the medieval and modern worlds. A split that Michael Wood argues defined Shakespeare's life. Which lines caused such scandal? Edward Arden cousin was the man who was rumored to have said that Queen Elizabeth was a heretic and he wanted to assassinate her. Description: 2 videodiscs 240 min. Book contributor: Robarts - University of Toronto. Would, for the king's sake, he were living! Shakespeare was a Catholic and Lucy was an avouched Protestant. I was drawn to it, not only by my love of Shakespeare, but by my interest in family history research which is essentially what Michael Wood is undertaking here -- except he actually gets to handle documents! The book is an interesting read, and fills in the details that the television show must skip over.
That is what I wi Finally finished it and will likely dip back in from time to time. He was the same age as Shakespeare however he went to university. It provides a few more pieces of the puzzle but, for me, it doesn't fully answer the continuing question: why do we continue to be so fascinated by Shakespeare's works and life? He was blasphemous and committed treason. I've given both books four stars, it's swings and roundabouts, or perhaps masques and maypoles. The result is a book that's well paced and entertaining and it is really interesting to have Shakespeare's plays put in the context of the times in which they were written. I've always liked Wood who never seems to talk or to write down. Perhaps they are less than we would like for a fully-documented life.
Why do Roman gods begin to appear in the late plays? The series takes the form of a detective story, a documentary search, and a journey. I read this biography immediately after Stephen Greenblatt's Will in the World, and so comparisons were running through my head for most of the time I was reading. Wood's book, though certainly backed up by research and outside sources, is aimed at a more general audience. This certainly had an effect on his work, determining which subjects he would pursue for his plays. For readers, some background knowledge of Shakespeare is helpful because of the many references to charact There is so much I learned about Shakespeare, his family and what was going on in Tudor England at the time he was writing. Shakespeare only leaves his wife his second best bed in his will.
An engaging blend of current scholarship, textual analysis and general history of the Elizabethan-Jacobean period. Perhaps Wood's work is embellished with greater historical detail, but both biographies follow similar lines, it appears that Ackroyd was hot on the heels of Wood in uncovering the same historical archives. A fine biography and a good foray into the historical concerns of Shakespeare's time. This book was very good. I am amazed at how much I did not know. Does it wake up now, hung over, to look shamefully at what it did when intoxicated? Library of Congress lists him as Michael Wood. I like this book best when it focuses on the material evidences of Shakespeare's life.
Indicates who said the line. Because, King James I thought that kings were gods on earth and wouldn't let writers write about them. Searching for Shakespeare is an interesting if eccentric biography of Shakespeare, and I am glad that I read it. Shortly after the fact, however, Wood starts using the assertion to prove other things, and this is where we start seeing the symptoms of what I'm complaining over. I don't think I could recommend it over Greenblatt's book. The E-mail message field is required. Depending on what you're looking for, this may be more desirable than Greenblatt's more academic delivery.
A bit of romanticizing about the era and his marriage, but none of it is outlandish and all of it probable. If you are a fan of Shakespeare this is a must read. Was this gentlewoman the daughter of Gerard de Narbon? The mystery is how this man from a small town in rural England could possibly weave words in such a powerful, magical way. Michael Wood's Searching for Shakespeare is a curious biography of William Shakespeare. And wakes it now, to look so green and pale At what it did so freely? Consider the line of thought that follows: Shakespeare's religion will never be definitively proven. From a distance of five hundred years there is much in Shakespeare that is mysterious.