SHAKESPEAREF. E. HALLIDAY Book Number: 87776 Product format: Paperback
This short introduction to Shakespeare's life and work was first published over 60 years ago and has become a classic. Illustrated on every page with facsimiles of documents, prints and portraits, it roots Shakespeare's achievement in Stratford-on-Avon, where the family name was variously spelled over the years as Saxpere, Schakosper, Shaxbee, and even Shakeschafte. Shakespeare's father was a prosperous glove-maker and an ambitious businessman and it is probable that his son was given the best education available in the town. The young Shakespeare would probably have seen dramatic performances by travelling players like the ones in Hamlet. At the age of 18 Shakespeare married, and a few years later he escaped to London, leaving his wife and three children behind and probably joining the Queen's Players initially. By 1592 he had written the epic three parts of Henry VI and was a well enough known dramatist to be attacked by other writers. The same year the theatres were closed by the plague, and when they opened again he joined the Lord Chamberlain's Company with which he stayed for the rest of his life, and in which he had a financial interest. The major works followed and a contemporary sketch of the Swan Theatre, where they often played, is invaluable in reconstructing contemporary staging. In the new century the company moved to the Blackfriars theatre for which Shakespeare wrote his final works. 144pp, black and white illustrations on every page.
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