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The Age of Shakespeare By Frank Kermode

The Age of Shakespeare
by Frank Kermode

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Shakespeare made his unique contribution to British and world culture in the midst of Elizabeth's great reign. Here, the circumstances of each play's composition are acutely described, and set within a masterful portrait of Shakespeare's England - its early capitalism, its court, its bursting population, and its epidemics, as well as its arts.
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The Age of Shakespeare by Frank Kermode

Shakespeare made his unique contribution to British and world culture in the midst of Elizabeth's great reign. Here, the circumstances of each play's composition are acutely described, and set within a masterful portrait of Shakespeare's England - its early capitalism, its court, its bursting population, and its epidemics, as well as its arts - including, of course, its theatre. An important, lasting, and concise companion to Shakespeare's time.

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'Frank Kermode's THE AGE OF SHAKESPEARE is an astonishing achievement... No comments are less than telling; most are highly original... Such acute close readings are smoothly integrated into a larger narrative which contextualises Shakespeare within his age... Clarity of exposition and common sense mark every page... Kermode is unfailingly perceptive...' THE SPECTATOR '.. the most surprising thing about Kermode's survey - one that is full of delightful surprises - is just how much he manages to squeeze in. The brief but authoritative attention given to each play produces elegant one-liners that, like the plays themselves, expand the mind... [Kermode] writes with an unruffled calm that does nothing to disguise the energy and sharpness of his thinking.' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Besides being expert, eye-opening and short, Kermode's book has personal touches that freshen its approach... As always he writes as if he really loves literature. A rare thing.' SUNDAY TIMES '...Kermode can pack more illumination into a sentence than most people can pack into a paragraph. He is a master at opening a sentence with a remark that makes you think nothing especially important is being said, then turning your expectations upside down by adding a pointed reflection... For such a small book, The Age of Shakespeare is packed with information... this is an excellent book, a distillation of a lifetime's critical reflection into a few pages.' NEW STATESMAN 'Under [Kermode's] sensitive scrutiny, every phrase, every paragraph, comes alive vividly and dangerously, organically imagined... scintillating insights, entirely characteristic of this friendly, slim volume. Reading it is like spending a delightful evening in the company of Kermode himself, clearly a man of profound intelligence, great wit and immense learning... it is constantly and wittily stimulating, and warmly recommended to anyone who cares about Shakespeare.' THE GUARDIAN 'Kermode is incisive on changes in Shakespeare's verse style and techniques of exposition over time, and on the way the choice of rhetorical devices within a play mirrors its overall thematic construction.' THE OBSERVER 'Kermode is... very good on on the larger politics of the moment... Kermode is possissed by a vast quantity of common sense - a commodity not noticeably evident in many literary scholars... He is good, too, on the confusing theatrical politics of the period with various companies, theatres, players and writers bying for mastery... Frank Kermode has written a fine introduction to this complex and capricious subject.' THE TIMES 'What distinguishes Frank Kermode from the professors andpundits of the Shakespeare industry is his tone: gentle eleegant, comonsensical. He writes with very human excitement about the texts before him...' THE TABLET '... unpatronising, relaxed and readable...' IRISH TIMES

About Frank Kermode


Sir Frank Kermode has been a prominent figure in the world of literary criticism since the 1960s. He has been King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at Cambridge and Professor of Poetry at Harvard. He was knighted in 1991.

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GOR003008845
The Age of Shakespeare by Frank Kermode
Frank Kermode
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Orion Publishing Co
2004-06-24
208
029784881X
9780297848813
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