In the years leading up to 1606, since the death of Queen Elizabeth and the arrival in England of her successor, King James of Scotland, Shakespeare's great productivity had ebbed, and it may have seemed to some that his prolific genius was a thing of the past. But that year, at age forty-two, he found his footing again, finishing a play he had begun the previous autumn-King Lear-then writing two other great tragedies, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra.
The Year of Lear sheds light on these three great tragedies by placing them in the context of their times, while also allowing us greater insight into how Shakespeare was personally touched by such events as a terrible outbreak of plague and growing religious divisions. For anyone interested in Shakespeare, this is an indispensable book.
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"Deep religious schisms, the threat of terrorist revolution, a return of a deadly pandemic. Today's headlines? No, it's 1606. With a voice of gentle authority and a good command of historic detail and literary deconstruction, Audie-winning narrator Robert Fass takes the listener on a fascinating tour of a pivotal time in William Shakespeare's life and career. This is when his "King's Men" acting troupe presented KING LEAR, MACBETH, and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA to their patron, King James I, all in the same year. The American-accented Fass leaves aside classic theatrical rhythms and delivers the many passages of the Bard with a conversational clarity that is much appreciated. Whether he's discussing Scottish independence, Guy Fawkes, or the Black Plague, Shapiro's descriptions of Shakespeare's times always sound so distant and so familiar all at once. B.P. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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