Shakespeare and Co: Christopher Marlowe Thomas Dekker Ben Jonson Thomas Middleton John Fletcher and the Other Players in His Story Read & Download È 4

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Shakespeare and Co.: Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher and the Other Players in His Story Read & Download È 4 é Paperback Pub date 08 May 2007 Pages 304 Publisher Penguin Enjoyable Dleton By inging Shakespeare's contemporaries to life Shakespeare Co throws fresh new light on the man himselfWarm cheerful generous Wells sketches a whole gallery of Shakespeare's fellow playwrights He ings each vividly to life making you feel that you've met them personally in so. Kyd Lyly Marlowe Middleton Fletcher Beaumont Jonson Some of those names are known while others are obscure but all were contemporary dramatists of Wm Shakespeare This book focuses on these other writers who borrowed and collaborated with each other and with the Bard of Avon I did not know that several of Shakespeare's plays were co written There is also discussion of theater life in the 16th and 17th centuries eg writing plays could prove uite profitable and oh yeah the women flocked to these guys Further the book points out the social milieu under which these plays were written and performed notably the need to comply with royal censors or face prison or worse; the role that the plague played in whenwhere the plays arose All that being said the book for me was somewhat of a slog Wells presupposes the reader has great knowledge and recollection of Shakespeare's plays something I do not have

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Paperback Pub date 08 May 2007 Pages 304 Publisher Penguin Enjoyable lively such a pleasure to read renders the Drama of Shakespeare's contemporaries than fringe entertainment ' Independent Shakespeare is one of the greatest of all English figures considered a genius for all time Y. This is an engaging overview of Shakespeare's relationships with his contemporaries I particularly enjoyed the chapter on how Shakespeare might have been influenced by the skills and personalities of the actors he wrote for as well as various discussions of Shakespeare's collaborations I had no idea that Shakespeare had collaborated with other writers on Pericles Timon of Athens and Measure for Measure among other works Nor did I know that the text of Macbeth as we now have it probably contains a number of revisions made by Thomas Middleton Wells is good at presenting the big picture and at providing colorful details without getting bogged down in minutiae This is a great book for general readers who happen to be a bit curious about Shakespeare and his time For those who want to dig deeper there are extensive notes a bibliography and a small selection of period documents reproduced at the back of the book The major downside of this book is that reading it will fill you with curiosity about a great many plays that are rarely read these days and even rarely performed

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Shakespeare and Co Christopher Marlowe Thomas Dekker Ben Jonson Thomas Middleton John Fletcher and the Other Players in His StoryEt as this enthralling book shows he was at heart a man of the theatre one among a community of artists in the teeming world of Renaissance London from the enigmatic spy Christopher Marlowe to the self aggrandizing Ben Jonson from the actor Richard Burbage to the illiant Thomas Mid. The monolith that is Shakespeare bestrides his narrow world like a Colossus but the truth is that Shakespeare worked and indeed collaborated with a number of talented playwrights who wrote impressive plays that should be recognized Although Marlowe and Jonson's stories are fairly well known this book excels especially when telling the lesser known stories of Dekker Middleton Fletcher and Beaumont and Webster If you would like to know about those other playwrights but especially without searching out lengthy or obscure biographies this book is perfect for you giving brief biographies as well as appreciative excerpts of the best of these works of Shakespeare's peers