Shakespeare's Contemporaries

While we've come to understand the Bard from Stratford as Renaissance theatre's most prominent representative, there was much more to the English stage of that time than Shakespeare alone -- in fact, to his contemporaries Shakespeare was only one of a whole number of popular playwrights. Here's an overview of what else people went to see at theatres such as the Rose, the Swan, and the Bear Baiting Garden ... plus some companion literature on the subject.

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message 1: by Thom (last edited Apr 05, 2010 06:17AM) (new)

Thom Dunn APOLOGIA: M. Chute, Shakespeare of London is, as reviewers said when it appeared, really about the London of Shakespeare. Similarly, the Leeds Barroll titles are all about the historical context of Shakespearean and Elizabethan drama, as one would expect from the founding editor of Shakespeare Studies. And Shakespeare's own Hamlet tells us much about drama other than his. Well-annotated editions should lead one to the elucidation of Rosencrantz' speech on the subject.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Yes, and for the reasons you state, these would make equally great additions to the Best Books About Shakespeare list! The joint purpose of both lists is to bring together books putting Shakespeare and his time into perspective -- the other list with a focus on the Bard himself, this one with a focus on the era's other playwrights.


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Great list, thanks!


message 4: by BookLovingLady (new)

BookLovingLady I thought Shakespeare died early 17th century? How far does 'contemporary' go? (The Beggar's Opera, #8)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Shakespeare died in 1616. Good question.


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