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How the Classics Made Shakespeare (Hardcover): Jonathan Bate

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How the Classics Made Shakespeare (Hardcover)

Jonathan Bate

Series: E. H. Gombrich Lecture Series, 2

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From one of our most eminent and accessible literary critics, a groundbreaking account of how the Greek and Roman classics forged Shakespeare (TM)s imagination Ben Jonson famously accused Shakespeare of having oesmall Latin and less Greek. But he was exaggerating. Shakespeare was steeped in the classics. Shaped by his grammar school education in Roman literature, history, and rhetoric, he moved to London, a city that modeled itself on ancient Rome. He worked in a theatrical profession that had inherited the conventions and forms of classical drama, and he read deeply in Ovid, Virgil, and Seneca. In a book of extraordinary range, acclaimed literary critic and biographer Jonathan Bate, one of the world (TM)s leading authorities on Shakespeare, offers groundbreaking insights into how, perhaps more than any other influence, the classics made Shakespeare the writer he became. Revealing in new depth the influence of Cicero and Horace on Shakespeare and finding new links between him and classical traditions, ranging from myths and magic to monuments and politics, Bate offers striking new readings of a wide array of the plays and poems. At the heart of the book is an argument that Shakespeare (TM)s supreme valuation of the force of imagination was honed by the classical tradition and designed as a defense of poetry and theater in a hostile world of emergent Puritanism. Rounded off with a fascinating account of how Shakespeare became our modern classic and has ended up playing much the same role for us as the Greek and Roman classics did for him, How the Classics Made Shakespeare combines stylistic brilliance, accessibility, and scholarship, demonstrating why Jonathan Bate is one of our most eminent and readable literary critics.

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Imprint: Princeton University Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: E. H. Gombrich Lecture Series, 2
Release date: March 2019
First published: 2019
Authors: Jonathan Bate
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 24mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Trade binding
Pages: 384
ISBN-13: 978-0-691-16160-0
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Plays & playwrights
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies > Classical, early & medieval
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Plays & playwrights > 16th to 18th centuries
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Plays & playwrights > 16th to 18th centuries > Shakespeare studies & criticism
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LSN: 0-691-16160-7
Barcode: 9780691161600

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