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This can be a vital advisor for brand spanking new scholars coming to the Bard for the 1st time in addition to a precious source for a committed fan. it's an awesome advent to the lifestyles and occasions of Shakespeare, uncovering the few fragments of his existence and putting him in the Elizabethan global.

The booklet additionally seems at each one of his performs and sonnets, giving complete causes and outlines, placing them in context, and revealing the numerous nice prices and key scenes.

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More decisively, though, Lit & Soc, and indeed literary criticism, felt dead and gone. That time now seems unrecognizably remote. I had a day job at the Times Literary Supplement. Even then I sensed discrepancy, as I joined an editorial conference (to help prepare, perhaps, a special number on Literature and Society), wearing shoulder-length hair, a flower shirt, and knee-high tricoloured boots (well-concealed, it is true, by the twin tepees of my flared trousers). My private life was middle-bohemian — hippyish and hedonistic, if not candidly debauched; but I was very moral when it came to literary criticism.

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