Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, by Stephen Greenblatt, is a page turner of a biography, a biography that is beyond compare, and a biography that I have not read with such eagerness, before, and it is all due to the vibrancy and enthusiasm of the author, Stephen Greenblatt’s ability to blend elegant prose that makes us anxious for more, in order to fill our senses with the world of Shakespeare.
How did Shakespeare, from Stratford-Upon-Avon, a small town in the rural countryside, far removed from London, write with such perfection, beauty, emotion, sensuality and elegance, moving the country, the world with his plays, to become a playwright beyond compare and comprehension? Read Greenblatt’s book, and you will find some of the answers to that question, woven in a tapestry so fine, detailed and rich, that if you have never read any of Shakespeares brilliant plays or poetry…you will be tempted to run as fast as you can to your nearest bookstore in order to do so.
Having traveled to Stratford-Upon-Avon, myself, on three occasions, and having seen Shakespeare’s birthplace, and even the cradle he slept in, and having encompassed myself in the surrounding countryside, I am aware of some of the endless stimulations that possibly evoked thoughts and emotions in Shakespeare’s mind, his imagination, prompting him to write with such magnificence and passion, becoming the playwright of playwrights.
Varied documents, writings, testimonials, and other related data are only a portion of what is included within the pages of this wonderful book. Stephen Greenblatt encompases all knowledge of Shakespeare in Will in the World, and makes a statement that the Bard, himself, wrote all of the magnificent plays, poetry and writings on his own.
If Will in the World is sitting idly on a shelf in your house, please, take it out and read it, peruse each line, each page. You will not be disappointed, and you will be surprised, beyond imagination.
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