Becoming Shakespeare: The Unlikely Afterlife that turned a Provincial Playwright into the Bard

Author(s): Jack Lynch


Jess' pick... (Literature) This unique addition to the Shakespeare canon, this book begins where most Shakespeare stories end, with his death in 1616. Jack Lynch has written the definitive biography of William Shakespeare's afterlife--two hundred years during which he grew from a modestly successful provincial playwright to the lofty status of transcendent genius at the heart of English culture.

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"An accessible chronicle of Shakespeare's rise to his present glory...Lynch provocatively argues that the great rise in literacy occurring around the time of the Restoration also contributed to the birth of critical interest in the plays as texts; fierce disputes arose over their interpretation, the manna of Shakespeare criticism to this day. He engagingly details the strengths, shortcomings and literary relevance of major editions alongside those now merely of historical interest because they attempted to sanitize the bawdy bard to reflect the more decorous tastes of late-18th-century or Victorian sensibilities. Pitched just right for students of literature, Shakespeareans and those interested in the history of drama: a witty and appealing story of how a superstar was born.""--Kirkus Reviews""" "Lynch is most interesting when examining how different eras rewrote and edited Shakespeare to make the plays meet the moral and theatrical standards of their time...Lynch's text will appeal to general readers with an interest in Shakespeare. Recommended for public libraries.""--Library Journal"

General Fields

  • : 9780802716781
  • : Walker & Company
  • : Walker & Company
  • : February 2009
  • : 212mm X 139mm X 21mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : English
  • : good
  • : 306
  • : illustrations
  • : Jack Lynch
  • : Paperback / softback