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This Stage-Play World
Julia Briggs
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This Stage-Play World

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  2 reviews
The later years of Elizabeth and the reign of James I were the age of Shakespeare, but the age also of Sidney, Spenser, and Donne, of fellow dramatists Marlowe, Jonson, and Webster, and of the prose writers Nashe, Bacon, and Burton. This book examines the social conditions that produced this uniquely dazzling array of talent, and relates them closely to the literature of t ...more
Hardcover, 225 pages
Published October 1st 1985 by Oxford University Press (first published December 15th 1983)
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William Durden
This historical account of the time period in which Shakespeare was writing really aided me study of Shakespeare as an undergrad - it gave me a context to explore political implications in Hamlet.
Two stars reflects more on my limited interest in all the details; the book is well-written and researched.
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Julia Briggs was a writer and critic of great talents, a gifted scholar and a profoundly generous teacher who pioneered the study of children's literature and of women's writing in universities. Deeply humanist in outlook, she had an abiding belief in the value of literary study and in the power of education to transform lives.

Julia Ballam grew up in London. Her father, Harry, worked in advertisin
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