Many thanks for all the compliments for the Diaries. I really hope everyone enjoys this fresh approach to Shakespeare’s life, work, and times. As people work through the daily entries I think they’ll find some innovative, unusual ideas about the plays and also connections between the plays–not to mention the various people mentioned–Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, Queen Elizabeth, King James, all Shakespeare’s fellow actors–to mention just a few. There’s also much contemporary information, down to what the weather was like on a particular day. So this is not just another conventional Shakespeare biography. Someone, admittedly a good friend, told me the other day that she just can’t put the book down. Anyway, let me know what you think.
The Shakespeare Diaries has just been published, and the book is a fresh, off-beat approach to Shakespeare’s life, work, and times. The list price is $27.95, but you can buy it for around $20 at most bookstores or online. Even if you’ve read about Shakespeare before, you’ll find this book an enjoyable read.
Blending fact with fiction and written in diary form, this unique biography of Shakespeare encapsulates his life like never before—from his views on daily events to vivid impressions of the Elizabethan era and his role within such a world. Delightfully whimsical, this distinctive life story provides answers to questions such as What was Shakespeare thinking while he wrote Hamlet? What did he and Ben Jonson talk about when they were having a drink together? and What might Shakespeare have said to the formidable Elizabeth I? Incorporating fragments of lines and phrases from The Bard’s plays and poems along with fascinating endnotes, this portrait will seize readers with its fresh, offbeat approach to the man and his work.
About the Author
J. P. Wearing is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Arizona. He is the author of more than 12 books, including Bernard Shaw and Nancy Astor, G. B. Shaw: An Annotated Bibliography of Writings About Him, and The London Stage. He has held a Guggenheim Fellowship and a four-year research award from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- Hardcover: 456 pages
- Publisher: Santa Monica Press (2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595800220
- ISBN-13: 978-1595800220