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1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: Winner of the Baillie Gifford Winner of Winners Award 2023

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By focusing on a single, extraordinary year in his artistic development, Shapiro has produced a far richer, more intimate portrait of our greatest author than you're likely to find in any cradle-to-grave biography. He has written several award-winning books, including Shakespeare in a Divided America, The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606, and 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare.

James Shapiro's outstanding 1606 (Faber), in which the Jacobean Shakes­peare gets his due, follow[s] Shapiro's magnificent take on the Elizabethan one in 1599.

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 has served on the board of directors of The Royal Shakespeare Company, and advises productions for the Public Theatre in New York and other companies.Shapiro goes into Shakespeare’s new uncharted territory as to just how far he might assuage the populace with vibrant new thoughts regarding their position relative to rich courtiers and other patrons of the court. A few years earlier this famous picture had inspired Shakespeare's lines about point of view in Richard the Second : "Like perspectives, which rightly gazed upon / Show nothing but confusion, eyed awry / Distinguish form" (2. The councillors adjourned in time for that evening's entertainment and resumed their deliberations the following morning. A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare' Professor and author James Shapiro talks about A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599. Much as he may want to reach the common reader, Shapiro must also protect his scholarly reputation with here a defensive 'perhaps', there a prudent 'maybe'.

Packed with anecdotal and historical evidence, Shapiro's book will appeal both to Shakespearean scholars and novices alike. From the deliciously vivid first pages, in which a group of armed theatricals make a dash through the snow in the dead of night to filch a theatre's timber frame and transfer it to the Globe, Shapiro weaves a tantalizing narrative. His reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Times Literary Supplement, the London Review of Books, and other publications.

James Shapiro arrives at an interpretation of [Shakespeare] and his work that is unparalleled in its lucidity and originality. A kind of dip into the English collective unconscious, marked as it was by external and internal turmoil. Assassination plots were in the air, the word itself introduced to the English language in Macbeth, made the Court nervous, the populace apprehensive, and the censor (master of the revels) always wary. O relato de Shapiro sobre as revisões de Shakespeare de seu próprio texto sobre Hamlet é complexo e interessante.

In this gripping account, James Shapiro sets out to answer this question, "succeed[ing] where others have fallen short. Shakespeare and his fellow playwrights filled the vacuum between Catholics and Reformists (even Puritans who despised them), more or less as Shapiro explains, providing a means of quasi cultural stability.

serves as the first full-length discussion of the big authorship question by a Shakespeare pro in 100 years, maybe the first ever. Em parte, o livro “1599” é uma redescoberta dos mundos que moldaram o desenvolvimento do poeta e que, em sua maturidade, estavam se perdendo – o sangrento passado católico; a paisagem desmatada de Arden; a cultura cavalheiresca moribunda.

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