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Will in the World by Stephen Greenblatt
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Jan 24, 2008

it was amazing
Recommended to James by: random find in a bookstore
Recommended for: Shakespeare enthusiast
Read in January, 2008

Stephen Greenblatt has done an outstanding job with this biography of William Shakespeare.

Writing a biography about someone who has been dead for nearly five hundred year must be a challenging goal. Especially since Shakespeare left little in his own hand, other than his published works.

Greenblatt in this book says that, “There is no way of achieving any certainty. After generations of feverish research, no one has been able to offer more than guesses, careful or wild, which are immediately countered (often with accompanying snorts of derision) by other guesses.”

I appreciated Greenblatt’s attrition to other researchers for their ideas and his explanations of the logic behind his own guesses. He often presents alternative arguments and lets the reader decide—after giving his own opinion. In all, I found Greenblatt’s conclusions credible.

I enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend it to anyone that wants to learn about William Shakespeare.

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