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The Life and Times of William Shakespeare

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This authoritative and extremely readable biography is the first since the Victorian Age to pay full attention to Shakespeare's life and times and their numerous subtle connections to his works. Peter Levi emphasizes the background of Shakespeare's life: the local and national events that shaped his experiences, his family and friends, and the Elizabethan people with whom ...more
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published October 1st 1989 by Henry Holt & Company
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Sammy
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
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Arnulfo Velasco
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ésta es una biografía más que correcta del escritor. Sobre todo porque está hecha a partir de documentos concretos y basada en los datos más objetivos que es posible obtener sobre la vida de alguien de quien no se conocen demasiadas cosas concretas ni se tienen demasiados datos objetivos. De vez en cuando se deslizan algunas consideraciones de tipo religioso que Levi incluye por motivos personales, pero que no dañan al conjunto.
Patricia
Mar 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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
Oct 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.