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Will in the World by Stephen Greenblatt
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Jul 31, 2011

really liked it
Read in July, 2011

Interesting. I read this book because I wanted to see how Stephen Greenblatt used Shakespeare's writing to construct a book about his life. This meant a lot of 'what if' type stuff and an assumption that people are relatively consistent and sincere, and perhaps also that literature is always/usually an expression of self. However, it made for a thought-provoking book. Maybe it is best considered as linking the texts to their historical and geographical context rather than being massively revealing about the context of his brain. Similar in this way to James Shapiro's 1599 (which I slightly preferred, maybe because of its limited focus) and I noticed Shapiro appears in Greenblatt's acknowledgements as a colleague.

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