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The Life and Times of William Shakespeare

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  3 reviews
One of the most important books on William Shakespeare, this superb biography is both authoritative and extremely readable. Bringing together new work and new discoveries and reexamining the famous legends about Shakespeare, Levi uses the writings of modern historians to shed light on the poet's life. Unabridged Audiobook read by Nadia May.
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Published September 1st 2008 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published October 1st 1989)
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I just don't know how I feel about Levi's tome, a vastly under-reviewed but clearly vital piece of Shakespearean scholarship.

In painstaking detail, Levi sorts through countless aspects of Shakespeare's life, sources, lifestyle, theatrical notions, as well as the legends and rumours surrounding the Bard. Moreso than some of the great Shakespearean biographers of our day - such as James Shapiro - Levi is sometimes tempted more by hearsay and tradition. On the other hand, he believes very much that
Fantastic insights into Shakespeare. Did you know he had twins that died - a boy named Romeo? This explored how his life shaped his writing.
Rob Hermanowski
A very good biography I read during my collegiate obsession with Shakespeare (not that there's anything wrong with that).
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Peter Chad Tigar Levi, FSA, FRSL, Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford (1984–1989) was a poet, archaeologist, sometime Jesuit priest, travel writer, biographer, academic and prolific reviewer and critic.
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