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Shakespeare in a Divided America

Shakespeare in a Divided America

ISBN
9780571338894
Published
04/02/2021
9780571338894
Format
Paperback
Price
£10.99
Paperback
320

About the Book

A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week

‘Excellent.’ New Statesman

‘Outstanding.’ Irish Times

‘Enthralling.’ Guardian

‘Shapiro at his best.’ Daily Telegraph

From the author of 1599, a fresh perspective on the history of the United States – and a timely reminder of Shakespeare’s indelible influence.

Shakespeare’s position as England’s national poet is unquestionable. But as James Shapiro illuminates in this revelatory new history, Shakespeare has long held an essential place in American culture too. Why, though, would a proudly independent republic embrace England’s greatest writer? Especially when his works enact so many of America’s darkest nightmares: interracial marriage, cross-dressing, same-sex love, tyranny and assassination?
Shapiro leads us to fascinating answers and startling stories.

A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week‘Excellent.’ New Statesman‘Outstanding.’ Irish Times‘Enthralling.’ Guardian‘Shapiro at his best.’ Daily Telegraph From the author of 1599, a fresh perspective on the history of the United States – and a timely reminder of Shakespeare’s indelible influence.Shakespeare’s position as England’s national poet is unquestionable. But as James Shapiro illuminates in this revelatory new history, Shakespeare has long held an essential place in American culture too. Why, though, would a proudly independent republic embrace England’s greatest writer? Especially when his works enact so many of America’s darkest nightmares: interracial marriage, cross-dressing, same-sex love, tyranny and assassination? Shapiro leads us to fascinating answers and startling stories.
  • James Shapiro

    James Shapiro, who teaches English at Columbia University in New York, is author of several books, including 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (winner of the BBC4 Samuel Johnson Prize in 2006), as well as Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? He also serves on the Board of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

“One of the greatest living scholars of the Bard.”
- The Times ‘Best Books of 2020’
“Right on the money . . . timely and resonant.”
- Robert McCrum, Observer

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