Sunday, March 21, 2010

To be or not to be...Shakespeare?

Hilary Mantel, author of the Booker Prize winning novel, Wolf Hall, reviews Shakespeare scholar, James Shapiro's, new book, Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? in The Guardian. Both Mantel and Shapiro have hit it big in the "crossover" market of highly popular, academically sound works on the early modern period in England. Mantel's novel tells the story of Anne Boleyn's rise and fall from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell; Shapiro's 1599 accounts for a pivotal year in the life of Shakespeare. All of these find company with Stephen Greenblatt's Will in the World, coincidentally published around the same time as 1599.

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