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Janet P, Reviewer

Last updated on 07 Sep 2017

I Recommend This Book


A very interesting approach to looking at Shakespeare. Instead of focusing on just the plays, or just the man, or on possible alternatives to the "man from Stratford," Arnold instead looks at the plays within the context of the theaters where they were performed and the society that flocked to them.

Full of interesting details, the book does not neglect other playwrights of the time or  Shakespeare's fellows in the Lord Chamberlain's Men. Accessible instead of ponderous and scholarly, you'll learn so much about how theater worked in Elizabethan England, information that sheds light on the plays as they were perceived by the people of the time.

Arnold does not neglect the most recent history of The Globe either. Her final chapter covers the recently constructed replica of the theater and of the indoor Elizabethan theater built nearby.

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